Alumna Showing at Art Basel – Miami Beach

Painting by Carmen Smith

Carmen Smith (BFA ’05) will be showing at Superfine!, a boutique contemporary art fair the first week in December, in correlation with Art Basel – Miami Beach.

While studying abroad in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Smith visited the Hermitage Museum often to get away from the cold and grab a coffee. Immediately upon returning to the States, she signed up for art classes, and in 2002, she enrolled at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts where she acquired a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.

Then it took 10 years for the now 40-year-old to finally become a full-time artist.

“The best part of being an artist is creating something that didn’t exist in the universe,” she says. “I feel like I’m doing something meaningful.”

Smith’s Hollywood studio is filled with paintings she describes as American modernism and tropical minimalism. But one thing that hangs on her wall that isn’t a painting is a Post-it note with a quote: “Do the work.”

Read the full article in Fort Lauderdale Daily.

Image from Fort Lauderdale Daily.


November 28, 2017