Sculpture Space is offering a chance to win Sheila Smith’s painting “Double Chai”. Sheila Smith was this year’s tribute for the 3rd Annual Advocate for the Arts, honoring an individual or individuals who have been significantly involved with supporting the arts in the Mohawk Valley community.
All proceeds from this year’s raffle will support Sculpture Space’s residency and community programming. 200 tickets are available for $25 each. The raffle winner will be announced at this year’s 25th Annual CHAIRity Art Auction on Saturday, October 25; the winner does not need to be present to win.
To purchase tickets, please call Holly at 315-724-8381 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sheila Smith was born in New Jersey where she spent a tomboy childhood in the suburbs outside of New York City. In high school she excelled in Science and Math and went on to obtain a Masters Degree in Chemistry at Rutgers University. In 1961, Smith married, moved to New York City and worked as a Research Chemist. At this time, she began to educate herself in art through frequent visits to New York’s MoMA and the Guggenheim Museum. The painters who interested her most in those days included Van Gogh and Picasso.
In 1970, Smith moved to Utica with her husband and three children. She ended her chemistry career in order to take on family responsibilities. She started to study drawing and painting at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. She found parallels between creating art and scientific research; both were solitary processes involving thinking, working with ones hands and applying learned techniques and knowledge to the creative process. In 1982 she completed the Munson-Williams-Proctor Fine Arts Studio Program and began to work as a sculptor.
Smith’s sculptural work focused on the female figure and conceptual pieces often addressing gender issues. In the mid-nineties when Smith switched to painting she continued to explore feminist themes by using cows as a metaphor. She has now come full circle with her figurative allegories.
Smith has been a member of the National Association of Women Artists and is a current member of the Artist Association of Nantucket. She served as the Sculpture Space Board President from 1993 to 1995 and initiated the Sculpture Space Endowment Fund. She now lives in New Hartford and has a studio in Utica.
For more information, please visit Sheila’s website.