Barb Smith received her Master of Arts in Photography and Related Media from Purdue University and her Master of Fine Arts in Metal from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Her work has been exhibited in shows at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, CoCA Seattle, AG Gallery in New York, the Contemporary Craft Museum, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts-Houston, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Mesa, AZ, and the Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs in New York. She was awarded a 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2012.