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Arvie Smith LRVS MFA Lecture Wednesday, June 28

Jun 28 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


511 Building - Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design

Shipley/Collins Mediatheque



511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209   [map]

The Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies program welcomes Arvie Smith. Smith will be speaking about his artwork and research. This lecture is part of the Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies Summer intensive Wednesday night lecture series.

Arvie Smith was born in the Jim Crow South where he lived with his grand parents and great grandmother, a former slave. As a teen he moved to live in the de facto segregated areas of South Central Los Angeles and Watts. These early years laid the groundwork for his life’s work as a spokes person for injustices toward people of color, an advocate for social justice for all oppressed people, and a painter. Smith’s work has been shown in New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington DC, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, and Florence, Italy. His paintings are in collections of the Portland Art Museum, The Reginald Lewis Museum of African American Art and Culture, Petrucci Family Foundation, Charlayne Hunter-Gualt, Nelson Mandela Estate, Myrlie Evers-Williams, Jordan Schnitzer, Oregon State University, Portland Community College and the City of Portland. He has traveled and studied extensively in West Africa and Europe.

Smith is Professor Emeritus of Painting at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon where he taught from1984 to 2014. Prior teaching included Maryland Institute College of Art, University of Oregon and Oregon College of Art and Crafts. Smith studied printmaking at Il Bisonte and painting at SACI in Florence, Italy and received his BFA at PNCA and his MFA from Hoffberger School of Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art, where he was teaching assistant to Grace Hartigan.