This workshop is designed for participants to explore art materials and mine personal biography to produce works which are both compositionally balanced and can draw out the empathy of the viewer. LUAG is the proud host to several mixed media assemblage pieces situated in particular historical/cultural contexts as well as works by contemporary practitioners. As part of this workshop, we will explore a small selection of works in the collection as inspiration for the works created in the workshop.Leaving with a little bit of art historical knowledge and a curiosity rooted in self exploration, participants will have gained a new appreciation of this ever-changing creative genre.
Connect & Create workshops offer a brief exploration and creative conversation around a work of art from the LUAG collection, followed by a hands-on activity and/or creative response led by a local teaching artist or student educator.
Anthony Smith received a B.A. in Fine Arts from Amherst College (1999) and an M.F.A. in Painting from the University of Michigan (2001). Smith also studied wood-block printmaking in Kyoto, Japan at Kyoto Seika University in 2001.
Anthony has shown his work locally at Bethlehem House Gallery, nationally. as well as internationally. He has been reviewed in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Detroit Free Press, The Ann Arbor News and the Artist’s Magazine. Anthony has taught at such institutions as the Lehigh University, Muhlenberg College, University of Michigan, Parsons, Princeton and Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland. Smith served as an artist-in-residence at the National Academy of Design (2006 – 2008), and at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont in 2016. He is currently an adjunct professor of fine arts at Northampton Community College. He lives in Allentown Pennsylvania with a studio at the Banana Factory Art Center in Bethlehem, PA. For more information visit: https://abstractnarrativepainting.com/.