About the Exhibition
The portrait of Bart by Esmeralda Silva inspired me to put together this collection. There were not a lot of portraits in the NIAD collection, and it was interesting to pull them out and put them in a group. There is a huge variety there and I love how differently the artists handle the simple task of making a face. An angry ceramic head, a sweet fiber figure, a painted tribute to a pop culture icon.
About René Smith
René Smith is an artist based in Berkeley, California. She received her M.F.A. in Painting from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and her B.A. in Painting from Bennington College in Vermont. She has shown her work in Thailand and the US. She was a visiting Lecturer in Painting at Chiang Mai University and has attended residencies at the Gil-Society in Iceland and Vermont Studio Center and is the recipient of a grant from the George Sugarman Foundation.