Amanda Smith earned an MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a BA from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. She has exhibited and lectured nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at SPRING/BREAK Art Show in NY, the Rochester Art Center in MN, the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in Kansas CIty, Box 13 Art Space in Houston, the International Quilt Museum, and Biblioteca Viva Egana in Santiago, Chile. She has been a visiting artist at many universities including Temple University, Rome, Italy, the University of Kansas, and the University of South Carolina. Smith has been an artist-in-residence at Fljótstunga in Iceland, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Arrowmont Pentaculum, Art 342 in Fort Collins, Monson Arts in Maine, and Est-Nord-Est in Quebec, Canada. She is an Assistant Professor of Drawing and Painting at Missouri State University.
2008 MFA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE.
2005 BA in Studio Art, and Coolidge Otis Chapman Honors Scholar, The University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
SOLO(*) AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2024 Briar Heart, Marxhausen Gallery, Concordia University, Seward, NE (two-person show with sculptor Josh Johnson). (forthcoming)
2021 Restless Sleepers, McMaster Gallery, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC*
2019 Converters: Amanda Smith and Tonja Toergersen. University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN
Limbo Thicket, Winona State College, Winona, MN*
2017 Misheard Landscapes, Ipso Gallery, Sioux Falls, SD*
2015 Lives of Rocks, Box 13, Houston, TX*
Slag/Island (with sculptor Josh Johnson), Tugboat Gallery, Lincoln, NE
Risk and Repair (with sculptor Aaron Badham), Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Nebraska City, NE
Out Land Ice Law, Rall Gallery, Doane College, Crete, NE*
2013 Glacial Erratic, Concordia Gallery, Concordia University, St. Paul, MN*
2011 Impasse, University of Minnesota Morris, Morris, MN*
2010 Traps, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN *
Escape Routes, Conkling Gallery, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN*
2009 Still Interference, Arts Center of Saint Peter, Saint Peter, MN*
2008 Threshold, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO*
specious | spacious, Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE*
2006 Pattern Generation: Eriko Fujita and Amanda Smith, Rotunda Gallery, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE
GROUP AND JURIED EXHIBITIONS
2023 6th Midwest Open, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL. Juror: Kimberly Oliva, Oliva Gallery, Chicago.
tl;dr, Midwest Nice (online exhibition). Juror: Dana Smessaert.
Works on Shiroishi Washi, Sumaruyashiki, Shiroishi City, Miyagi, Japan
Virtuosity, Elder Gallery, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE
2022 Works on Shiroishi Washi, Gallery Sen, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
Biennial Faculty Exhibition, Carolla Art Center, Missouri State University
2021 Small Gestures of Repair, Salina Art Center, Salina, KS
2020 Females, Fibers, and Finesse, Lux Art Center, Lincoln, NE
National Prize Show 2020, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA. Juror: Sharon Butler, Two Coats of Paint
Shelter in Place: Art and Art Objects from the Nebraska Wesleyan Bubble, Elder Gallery, Nebraska Wesleyan University
Material | Fiber. University of Dayton, Dayton, OH.
2019 Studio Champloo, International Quilt Museum, Lincoln, NE
Hoarder's House. Field Projects. Online exhibition.
Be. Long. I Like Your Work Podcast Juried Exhibition, Dutoit, Gallery, Dayton, OH.
2019 Miami University Young Painters Competition, Heistand Galleries, Miami University, Oxford, OH.
Juror: Barry Schwabsky
2018 Restraint and Limitation, Elder Gallery, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE
2017 Sideways Glance, Elder Gallery, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE
2016 Presence and Nature, Biblioteca Viva Egaña, Santiago, Chile
Continuum: Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture Alumni Invitational, Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, University of Nebraska-
2015 Trash4Gold (curated by Jordan Buschur and Jac Lahav), SPRING/BREAK Art Show. New York, NY
Creative Process Exhibition | Hið Skapandi Ferli Listasýning, Fljótstunga Residency, Borgarbyggð, Iceland
2013 Second Nature, Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery, Broward College, Davie, FL
Biennial 27, South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN. Juror, Lisa Frieman, Director, Institute for Contemporary Art, VCU.
2012 Faculty Exhibition, Grunwald Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Mudluscious, New Jersey Arts Incubator, West Orange, NJ
2011 Middle States, Anderson Gallery, Drake University, Des Moines, IA (catalog)
The New Complexity, Mink and Arce, Chicago IL
I am at Two with Nature, Tugboat Gallery, Lincoln, NE
Visual Territory, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS. Juror: Sherry Leedy, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art
Paint Snob 2011, Fine Arts Gallery, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR
2010 Projected Fictions, Carnegie Art Center, Mankato, MN
Paint Snob 2010, Gallery 500X, Dallas, TX
Agoraphobia/Claustrophobia, Desotorow Gallery, Savannah, GA
The Backyard, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL
2009 Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, Fort Collins, CO
Return to Departure, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA. Jurors: Philip Grovedare, Helen O’Toole, Professors, University of
Washington, and Cable Griffith, Director, Kirkland Arts Center
2008 This is Not the Return of Tugboat, Tugboat Gallery, Lincoln, NE
Duality, Haydon Art Center, Lincoln, NE
2007 Tugboat Presents. Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO
Red Alert, Hastings College Art Gallery, Hastings, NE
2006 Emerging Artists Showcase, Kiechel Fine Art, Lincoln, NE
Code Red, Peru State College Art Gallery, Peru, NE
Kimmel Fellows Exhibition, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE
Visual Voices: UNL MFA Students, Haydon Art Center, Lincoln NE
Schafer Regional Invitational Art Exhibition, Schafer Gallery, Great Bend, KS. Juror: Stephen Gleissner, Chief Curator,
Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS (catalogue)
2019 Est-Nord-Est, Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Quebec, Canada. July-August
Monson Arts, Monson, ME. April
Pentaculum 2019, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
2015 Fljostunga Artistic Residency, Borgarbyggð, Iceland. May
2014 Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE. January.
2009 ART342, Fort Collins, CO. July-August.
AWARDS, HONORS, GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS
2022 Faculty Research Grant, Missouri State University
2020 New Faculty Research Grant, Missouri State University
Second Prize, National Prize Show 2020, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA
Curriculum Innovation Mini Grant, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, Missouri State University
2018 Unrestricted Artist Grant, Omaha Creative Institute, Omaha, NE
2012 Shortlisted for Contemporary Visions, Beers Lambert Contemporary Art, London, UK.
2011 Shortlisted for I am Solitary London, Beers Lambert Contemporary Art, London, UK
2010 Faculty Research Grant, Minnesota State University, Mankato (declined to accept position at Indiana University)
2008 Faculty Research Grant, Minnesota State University, Mankato
2005-08 Kimmel Fellowship in Studio Art, University of Nebraska- Lincoln
2006 Dan and Barbara Howard Creative Achievement Award, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2005 Centennial Fellowship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Regents Tuition Fellowship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2001-05 Dean's Scholarship for Academic Achievement, The University of Puget Sound
2004 Christian A. Johnson Summer Research Award, The University of Puget Sound
2001-04 Art Department Scholarship, The University of Puget Sound
2003 Christian A. Johnson Summer Research Award, The University of Puget Sound
LECTURES AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS
2022 Visiting Artist, University of Kansas
2021 Visiting Artist (Lecture and Workshop), University of South Carolina
2020 Gallery talk, 2020 National Prize Show, Cambridge Art Association
2019 Visiting Artist, Winona State University, Winona, MN
2018 Artist Talk, Amplify Arts, Omaha, NE
2013 Gallery Talk, Concordia University, St. Paul, MN
Visiting Artist, College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, MN
Artist Lecture, Lamar Dodd School of Fine Art, University of Georgia, Athens
Artist Lecture, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
Artist Lecture, University of Texas, San Antonio
Artist Lecture, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
2012 Artist Lecture, Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Art, Indiana University
Artist Lecture, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2010 Artist Lecture, Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Art, Indiana University
2009 Visiting Artist, Temple University, Rome, Italy
2008 Artist Lecture, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA
Artist Panel in conjunction with Duality exhibition, Haydon Art Center, Lincoln, NE
2006 Artist Panel in conjunction with Emerging Artists Showcase, Kiechel Fine Art, Lincoln, NE
“27 artworks on Shiroishi Washi are exhibited in Sendai City.” Kahoku Simpo Publishing Co.21 Dec. 2022
“International group exhibition: WORKS ON SHIROISHI WASHI.” Sendai Television Inc. Miyagi, Japan. 23 Dec. 2022.
Peterson, Kyle. “USC exhibition takes interdisciplinary approach to natural landscapes.” Columbia Free Times. January 27, 2021
Wolgamott, Kent L. “’Squirrel Gang’ and quilt museum show with no quilts to the Best of Art 2019.” Lincoln Journal Star. Dec 27, 2019
Wolgamott, Kent L. “No quilts found at quilt exhibition.” Lincoln Journal Star. Dec 26, 2019
Legros, Joannie. “Saint-Jean-Port-Joli: l’art de tous les possibles.” Vie Des Arts. July 13, 2019
Carpenter, Kim. “Amplify Arts exhibit showcases the power of colors.” Omaha World Herald. May 9, 2019
Zamorano, Hugo. “Power Colors.” The Reader. Volume 26, Issue 3. May 2019.
Franz, Jason. International Painting Annual 8 (INPA 8). Manifest Press, 2019. Cover image and pages 138-140.
Dawes, Kwame, ed. Prairie Schooner. Volume 92, no. 3, Fall 2018. Cover image.
Carpenter, Kim. “Omaha Exhibition casts light on the salon’s importance to black culture.” Omaha World Herald. May 4, 2018
Fishman, Scott. "Broward College hosts Second Nature Exhibit." Sun Sentinel. September 21, 2013
Gillespie, Evan. "Biennial paints exuberant portrait." South Bend Tribune. August 1, 2013.
Menardi, Riane. “Art in the Middle.” ReadyMade Blog. 15 Feb 2011, <http://www.readymade.com/blog/travel/2011/02/15/art_in_the_middle>
Shouweiler, Susannah, ed. “First Fruits.” access+ENGAGE Issue 54.2. 25 June 2010, <http://www.mnartists.org/article.do?rid=266922>
Archer, Nate. "Amanda Smith." Design Boom. 9 Nov, 2008 <https://www.designboom.com/art/amanda-smith/>
Brisendine, Steve. “Movie Seek and Find.” Review. 25 Oct. 2008. <http://review-magazine.org/2008/10/25/movie-seek-and-find/>
Konyha, Keehnan. “Amanda Smith: Painter.” Apartment Therapy. 8 Oct. 2008. <http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/artwork/amanda-smith-painter-065702>
Wolgamott, Kent L. “Emerging artists show their stuff at Kiechel.” Lincoln Journal Star. October 22, 2006.
Mallory, Lindsey. “Lincoln gallery showcases ‘Emerging Artists’.” Omaha City Weekly. October 13, 2006.
Springfield Art Museum Acquisition Committee
Chair, Visiting Artists, Designers, and Scholars Committee, Missouri State University
Advisory Board, 30 Americans, Josyln Art Museum
Juror, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Juror and Visiting Artist, Nebraska Wesleyan University
Juror, Undergraduate Exhibition, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Juror, Undergraduate Exhibition, Metro Community College, Elkhorn
Grunwald Gallery Advisory Board, Indiana University
Juror, Art342 Residency
Undergraduate Research Conference Committee, Minnesota State University, Mankato
2019-present Assistant Professor, Drawing and Painting, Department of Art + Design, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
2018-2019 Lecturer, Masters of Gallery and Exhibitions Specialization Program, Western Colorado University, Gunnison, CO
2017-2018 Exhibitions + Fellowship Manager, The Union for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE
2015-2017 Director, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE
2013-2015 Visiting Assistant Professor, Art;
Director and Permanent Art Collections Manager, Rall Gallery, Doane College, Crete, NE
2010-2013 Visiting Assistant Professor, Painting, Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Art, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
2008-2010 Assistant Professor, Painting/Drawing, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN