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Ken Smith - Sculptor

Artist's Statement
I started out very early as an artist in the Bronx New York and had scholarships to two art schools but decided to join the Navy and see the world. That started a long break from art while I went on to college and eventually become a physician and surgeon. I retired from the Navy in 1986 after 21 years and practiced plastic and reconstructive surgery until 1998. About 30 years ago I began to sculpt stone and other media and taking workshops to learn better techniques. I have worked in terra cotta, wood and bronze but now prefer to work in stone. In 1996 I had a life changing experience of spending a month carving stone in a little town, Pietrasanta Italy where they have been sculpting marble for hundreds of years. There I made the decision to retire from medicine and devote myself to stone sculpting. Others have described my art form as expressionistic figurative sculpture. I am interested in creating rhythms of

light and dark in my pieces and I strive to couple these with stimulating and sometimes disturbing themes. I also want my pieces to invite the outstretched hand to enhance the experience the viewer shares with my art.
I prefer to work in stone as a direct carver and use marble, limestone, soapstone and alabaster.

Date of Birth: July 21, 1942.
Place of Birth: New York City, New York.

Education
Plastic Surgery Residence, Norfolk VA, 1984-86.
General Surgery Residence, U.S. Navy, Portsmouth VA, 1974-79.
George Washington University Medical School, 1970-74.
Attended Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton FL, 1968-70
Attended Dade Junior College, Miami FL, 1966-68

Artistic Education and Experience
Instructor in stone carving, Passionate Stone Studio, Staunton VA 2004-present.
Presenter and Discussant, Brookgreen Gardens
Sculpture Symposium, Brookgreen Gardens SC, September 2002.
Instructor in stone carving, Brookgreen Gardens, SC 1997-2000.
Workshop in Terracotta by Marion Roller, Brookgreen Gardens SC, January 2000.
Jury of Awards, National Sculpture Society 1999
Annual Exhibition, New York NY October 1999.
Workshop in Relief Sculpture with Eugene Daub, Loveland CO May 1999.
Artida Studio with Jill Burkee and Giancarlo Biage, Pietro Santa Italy, August 1995.
Scholarship Award, Romcyn Atelia with Tom Schomberg, Evergreen CO, August 1994.
Workshop with Greg Wyatt, Brookgreen Gardens SC, August 1994.
Artida Studio with Jill Burkee and Giancarlo Biage, New York NY, March 1994.
Workshop with Jill Burkee at Montoya Studios, West Palm Beach FL, March 1993.
Montoya Studio Workshop, West Palm Beach FL, December 1992.
Plastic Surgeon, Myrtle Beach SC, 1986-98.
General Surgeon, U.S. Navy, Naval Hospital Puerto Rice, Portsmouth VA 1979-83.
Medical Illustrator, University of Miami Medical School, Miami FL 1967 - 1969.
Medical Illustrator, U.S. Navy, Washington DC 1964 - 65.
Completed Medical Illustration School, U.S. Navy, Washington DC 1963.

Shows
Re Presenting the Nude III , Evoke Gallery, Santa Fe, N.M., June, 2014
Virginia Stone Carving Guild at the Staunton Art Center, Staunton, VA Oct. 2007
One Man Show at Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA. Sept. 2007
Recent Works of Virginia Stone Carvers Guild, Univ. of Virginia, November 2005 - January 2006
Winston-Salem Sculpture Walk, Winston-Salem NC, 2002
One-man show, Burroughs & Chapin Museum, Myrtle Beach SC, July 1998.
Annual Exhibit, National Sculpture Society, New York City, December 1997.
Group Show, Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood '97, Stockbridge MA, July 1997.
Group Show, Myrtle Beach International Airport, Myrtle Beach SC, April 1997.
Group Show, Sculpture in the Park, Loveland CO, August 1996.
 "Fresh Air" Exhibit, National Sculpture Society, New York City, February 1996.
Group Show, Waterfront Gallery, Charleston SC, June - October 1995.
Two Man Show, Collectors Cafe, Myrtle Beach SC, November 1994.
Exhibit, Cane Island Decoy Gallery, Myrtle Beach SC, November 1994.
Three Man Show, The Design Center, Myrtle Beach SC, April 1993.

Awards and Exhibits
The Second Annual Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition, Lakeland FL, April 2002 - February 2003.
Best in Show, Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild Juried Show, Myrtle Beach SC, March 2002.
First Prize, Three Dimensional Work, 31st WACG Judged Show, Myrtle Beach SC 2000.
Best in Show, WACG Juried Show, Myrtle Beach SC, March 1999.
Artist of the Year, Horry Cultural Arts Commission, Conway SC, 1998.
Michaux-Sturgis Award, 12th annual Sculpture Celebration, Lenoir NC, 1997.
11th Annual Rosen Exhibit, Appalachian State Univ., Boone NC, 1997.
Patron Award, 27th Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild Show, Myrtle Beach SC, 1996.
Certificate of Merit, Sculpture Celebration, Lenoir NC 1994.
First Prize, Professional Class in Sculpture at 25th WACG Exhibit, 1994.
First Prize, Professional Class in Sculpture at 24th WACG Exhibit, 1993.
Second Prize, Professional Class in Sculpture at 23rd WACG Exhibit, 1992.
Third Prize, Professional Class in Sculpture at 21st WACG Exhibit, 1990.

Public Sculpture, Commissions, Galleries
Alexandra Stevens gallery of fine art, Santa Fe, N.M.
Middlebrook Gallery, Staunton Virginia
Acquisition of Middle Passage by The Whitney Plantation, August 2015
Acquisition of Hallelujah by The Whitney Plantation, August 2015
2001 Brookgreen Medallion
Acquisition of Freedom's A Comin' by Brookgreen Gardens, SC January 2000.
Life-size Outdoor Bronze Elan for Strand Regional Medical Specialty, 1997-98.
Life-size Outdoor Bronze Deprivation for Strand Regional Medical Specialty, 1996-97.
Restoration of Manship's Griffin at Brookgreen Gardens SC.


 

Websites
www.alexandrastevens.com
www.MiddlebrookGallery.com
www.rosensculpture.org/exhibit.php4?entriesid=78
www.carolinaarts.com/500sculpturesouth.html
www.staunton.va.us/default.asp?pageID=4DF7FDA4-CAFF-47AD-8418-56C7CB9623C5
www.erskine.edu/news/4.17.01.html