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Bio

About the Artists

Currently, a student of the arts, Mack Smith, attends Converse University where she studies Studio Art focusing primarily on Graphic Design. Illustration, and Ceramics. She is a member of the Artists Collective of Spartanburg, where she works on social media and admin committees. Her work has been featured in the likes of the Tulip Tree of Downtown Spartanburg, The Artists Collective Spartanburg, The Upstairs Artspace of Tryon NC, and Milliken Gallery at Converse University. As she continues to move forward with her degree, she hopes to focus on graphic design and branding work.

"Art is a way for me to express my emotions and thoughts about my relationships with others, nature, life and death, the universe, and current events. I pull from personal experiences to create colorful artworks that use strong symbols and emotions. Working mostly in digital and illustration mediums, I'm able to convey emotions through color and subject matter. Human connection, especially romantic connection, plays a large role in my work. As I currently am attending university, my art is ever-changing and evolving as I widen my skill set. Learning graphic design and illustration principles is largely changing my art as I learn to move into the commercial world of art. My current project Home focuses on creating comic-like illustrations based on personal poems I have written. The work explores love, loss, and heartbreak.”

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Education 

2021 - Present

Converse University, Spartanburg SC

BA Studio with Art History Minor

Professional Experience 

2022 - Present

Contributing Graphic Artist, Artists Collective Spartanburg, Spartanburg, SC

2022 - Present

Social Media Committee Assistant, Artists Collective Spartanburg, Spartanburg, SC

2022 - Present

Admin Committee Assistant, Artists Collective Spartanburg, Spartanburg, SC

Summer 2023

Ceramic Student Intern, Mountain Mist Pottery, Spartanburg, SC

2022 - 2023

Marketing Chair, 1889 Homecoming Committee, Converse University, Spartanburg, SC

2022 - 2023

Gallery Assistant, Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, NC

Awards

2021

2021

2021

2020

2019

Georgia O'Keeffe Award of Excellence in Art and Design

1st Place Winner - High School Level - Inman Mills Gallery Juried Show

Tryon Painters and Sculptors Arts Education Scholarship

2nd Place Winner in Printmaking - Tryon Fine Arts Showcase of Excellence

Renaissance Art Award of Excellence

Exhibitions 

March 2023

Annual Converse Student Juried Exhibit, Milliken Gallery of Converse Unversity, Spartanburg, SC

January 2023

"Interconnected" Artists Collective New Member Show, Artists Collective Spartanburg, Spartanburg, SC

March 2022

Annual Converse Student Juried Exhibit, Milliken Gallery of Converse Unversity, Spartanburg, SC

Nov 2021

Converse Students Exhibit, Tulip Tree, Downtown Spartanburg, SC

May 2021

March 2021

Inman Mills Gallery Juried Show, Virtual

Chapman Cultural Center Young Artist Month Showcase, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg, SC

March 2021

South Carolina Art Education Association Western Region Young Artist Month Exhibit, Virtual

March 2021

Oct 2021

Young Women in Art Juried Exhibit, Vitrual 

Nothing Has Changed, Everything Has Changed, Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, NC

March 2020

Rising Artist of Area High Schools Exhibition, Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, NC

March 2020

Young Women in Art Juried Exhibition, Milliken Gallery of Converse College, Spartanburg, SC

Feb 2020

Showcase of Excellence, Tryon Fine Arts Center, Tryon, NC

Dec 2019

100X100 Fundraiser Showcase, Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, NC

Publications

2020

National Art Honors Society (NAHS) 2020, Online

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