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Luise Ross Gallery



Malcolm Mobutu Smith's ceramic vessels have a distinct mixture of elegance and whimsy, turning the utilitarian into the sublime. The sensual fluidity of the work takes on a figural quality, as if a person is about to unfold out of the sculpture. Inspired by jazz and graffiti, Smith's sculptures retain a feeling of improvisation and the ephemeral, despite the labor intensive and premeditated nature of the ceramic medium. Integrating rich texture and a strangely beautiful color palette with the undulating forms of the vessels, Smith plays with the relationship between two and three-dimensional space. He draws on the rich history of ceramic craft, while perpetually looking for ways to transcend its limits. In this, Smith's first exhibition at Luise Ross Gallery, he succeeds.

Malcolm Mobutu Smith received his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and has won many awards and grants.














Please visit Malcolm Mobutu Smith's artist page to view more images




Education

1996
MFA, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University
1994
BFA Penn State University, State College, PA
1990
Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

Selected Solo Exhibitions Since 2000

2014
Do-Dads: New Vessels by Malcolm Mobutu Smith, I Fell Building, Bloomington, IN
2013
Malcolm Mobutu Smith: Improvisations, Evansville Museum of Art, Evansville, IN
2011
Retrospective Inner City Inspiration: An Artists Evolution in Clay, iMOCA, Indianapolis, IN
Recent Works, Beard Arts Center Gallery, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN
2008
Backjumps, Ruschman Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
2007
Shift: new works by Malcolm Mobutu Smith, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center Backroom Gallery, Kansas City, MO
Glyphs: Ceramics by Malcolm Mobutu Smith (an NCECA show), Pyro Gallery, Louisville, KY
2006
Recent Works, Chameleon Gallery, Cazenovia, NY
Touch and Circumstance: New Ceramic Work, Parkland Art Gallery, Champaign, IL
2005
Rigmarole: Object/Image, SoFA Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Surface and Structure Series: Rigamarole, Gallery 204, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
2002
Recent Works, Tuska Gallery, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Selected Group Exhibitions Since 2005

2012
Represent, Indiana State Museum, IN
Heartland: Indiana Artists from the Permanent Collection, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN
Drawing Clay, Central Michigan University Art Gallery, Mt. Pleasant, MI
Salad Days Artist: Then and Now, Watershed Center of Ceramic Art, Watershed, ME
2011
SMALL, Luise Ross Gallery, New York, NY
2010
Navel Gazing: Christyl Boger and Malcolm Smith, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
Vincennes University 2010 Ceramics Invitational, Shircliff Gallery, Vincennes, IN
Fertile Ground, NCECA, Philadelphia Horticultural Center, Philadelphia, PA
Constoga Alumni, NCECA, Philadelphia, PA
2009
Beyond Bounds - Glow, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS
New Now, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS
Making it the Midwest, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN
Impact: Old Traditions in New Clothes, Center for Fine Print Research Archive, Bristol, UK
2008
Black Clay in PA: A Dialogue in Flux, August Wilson Center Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Bling, Invitational show, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
Writing on the wall – What is Democracy?, Sofa Gallery, Bloomington, IN
2007
Of the body: Five Contemporary Artists Explore the Human Presence, Todd Gallery, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
Stardust Memories: Indiana University Ceramics Faculty Past and Present, Huff Gallery, Spalding University, Louisville, KY
Earth Tones: A Multi-Cultural Look at Clay, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Louisville, KY
In My Own Words, Invitational show, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
Travelled: Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, OH
Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN
Tyler Art Gallery, Oswego, NY
2006
1st Annual National Juried Cup Show, Monticello, AR
Shades of Clay, Smith Kramer Traveling Exhibition
Travelled: Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA
Louisiana Art and Science Museum, Baton Rouge, LA
Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Collegeville, PA
Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, OH
Prima Gallery, Bloomington, IN
2005
13+1: Penn State Alumni Show with Chris Staley, The Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
The Flowers that Bloom in the Spring, Santa Fe Clay Co., Santa Fe, NM
Ceramic Art Competition, Gallery International, Baltimore, MD
1st International Ceramic Journal of Editors Exhibition, FuLed International Ceramic Art Museum, Beijing, China
Group show of competition winners, Gallery International, Baltimore, MD
Bloomington Biennial, (faculty show), Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN

Awards and Grants

2007
New Frontiers Visionary Scholars Grant - Infinite Speed, Zero Errors & Total Memory: Creativity and Desire in the Digital Age - a collaboration with Anton Reijnders – Indiana University
Writing on the Wall, Artsweek Grant Bloomington Area Arts Council
Emergency Grant in Aid of research Indiana University Bloomington
2006
Emergency Grant in Aid of research Indiana University Bloomington
2005
First Place, Gallery International Ceramic Art Competition, Baltimore, MD
2000
Professional Development Grant, Kentucky Arts Council
Purchase Award, Owensboro Art Guild
1999
Junior Faculty Grant, Travel/Study in China, Western Kentucky University (WKU)
Travel Grant, Professional Development Committee, WKU (China Tour)
Travel Grant, Professional Development Committee, WKU (NCECA conference)
Second Place Award, The Duncan Heinz Festival Arts Competition, Bowling Green, KY
1998
First Place Award for Ceramics, Trans Financial Bank, Bowling Green, KY
Purchase Award, Trans Financial Bank, Bowling Green, KY
1997
Merit Award, Mid Stats Crafts Exhibition, Evansville Museum, IN
First Place Award for Ceramics, Trans Financial Bank, Bowling Green, KY
1996
Alexander Yeats Award, Chester Springs Studio Days ‘96, Chester Springs, PA
1994
Graduate Fellowship, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred, NY

Public Collections

FuLed International Ceramic Art Museum, Beijing, China
Baker University Collection, Baldwin City, KS
The Gloryhole Collection, The International Museum of Ceramics, Alfred, NY
Helms-Craven Library, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
Jingdezhen Institute of Fine Art, Jingdezhen, China
Owensboro Art Guild, Owensboro, KY
The Rhontemeade Sculpture Garden, Pine Grove, PA
Trans Financial Bank, Bowling Green, KY



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