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Rachel Suzanne Smith’s work reflects themes of identity and ornament, focusing specifically on the desire to connect with the outdoors and nature. The facilitation of that need occurs through the use of adornment, allowing the wearer to surround themselves in arrangements and clusters of plants, created via the artist’s photographs and sketches.
Rachel Suzanne Smith is an artist, metalsmith, and educator. She is currently making work in Stow, Ohio and teaching at Kent State University. She received her undergraduate degree at Miami University in Art Education with minors in 3D Media Studies (jewelry/metals) and Spanish. She received her MFA in Crafts (Jewelry Metals Enameling) at Kent State University.
Rachel Suzanne Smith’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She was a finalist in the 2017 Friedrich Becker Prize and exhibited the work in the Finalist Exhibitions in the Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf and the Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus Hanau. She was a 2016 Niche Award winner in the category of Sculpture to Wear. Also active in the Ohio art scene, Rachel has received the Fresh Air award while showing at the Akron Summit Art Space, and the award for Excellence in Metals at the Ohio Craft Museum during their annual “Best of” exhibition.
Rachel Suzanne Smith
2015 MFA Kent State University, Kent, OH
2012 BS summa cum laude, Art Education, Minors: 3D Media Studies, Spanish, Miami University, Oxford, OH
2008 Audited classes in Graphic Design, La Universidad Catolica, Asuncion, Paraguay.
Areas of Specialization
Metalsmithing, Jewelry Design, CAD Technologies (Laser Cutting, 3D Modeling and 3D Printing)
Summer 2017 Faculty- Part Time, Kent State University
SURE- Summer Undergraduate Research Experience Mentor
Graduate Individual Study: ARTC 65996
Graduate M.A. Thesis II: ART 67199: 002
Course Development: Introduction to Digital Fabrication for Studio Art
Fully online digital art course
Graduate and undergraduate sections developed
Writing the course with Taryn McMahon of Printmaking, assisted by Distance Education
Spring 2017 Assistant Professor, Kent State University
Metalsmithing Concepts and Techniques: ARTC 35701-001
Tableware: ARTC 45701: 001
Individual Study: ARTC 45096: 002
Senior Thesis Research Proposal: ARTC 45099
Senior Thesis Exhibition: ARTC 45099
Graduate Individual Study: ARTC 65996
Graduate M.A. Thesis 1: ART 67199: 002
Fall 2016 Assistant Professor, Kent State University
Special Topics: CAD for Jewelry section ARTC 45095
-Wrote this special topic course into the permanent curriculum as a member of the curriculum committee and third time instructor of this course.
Jewelry Concepts and Techniques section ARTC 35700 Individual Study: Crafts section ARTC 45096: 002
Senior Thesis Research Proposal ARTC 45099
Senior Thesis Exhibition ARTC 45099
Graduate Individual Study: Crafts ARTC 65996
Spring 2016 Faculty- Part Time, Kent State University.
Special Topics: Advanced CAD section ARTC 45095-001
-Developed course, including a service learning component
Metalsmithing Techniques section ARTC 35701-001
Introduction to Jewelry/Metals/Enameling section ARTC 25700-003
Individual Honors Work- 14544- HONR 20096-006
Fall 2015 Faculty- Part Time, Kent State University
Special Topics: CAD for Jewelry section ARTC 45095-001
Introduction to Jewelry/Metals/Enameling sections ARTC 25700-001 ARTC 25700-002
Assisted with the Kent State studio move and setting up of a new metals studio.
Spring 2015 Metalsmithing Techniques (instructor of record) Kent State University section ARTC 35701-001
Assisted with packing and preparing the metals studio for a move to the new building.
Fall 2014 CAD for Jewelry (instructor of record) Kent State University section ARTC
Spring 2014 Metalsmithing Techniques (instructor of record) Kent State University section ARTC 35701-001
Fall 2013 Introduction to Jewelry/Metals (instructor of record) Kent State University section ARTC 25700-002
Spring 2013 Introduction to Jewelry/Metals (instructor of record) Kent State University section ARTC 25700-002
2012- 2015 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Kent State University School of Art 2012 Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum, Intern
2012 Student Teaching Practicum, Miami University 2011 Saturday Art Teaching Practicum, Miami University 2011 Undergraduate Research in Art History
2010 Undergraduate Associate in Educational Leadership
Awards, Grants, Fellowships
2017 Summer Course Development Grant. Distance Education. Kent State University. Kent OH. -approved.
2017 University Teaching Council Grant. Kent State University. Kent, OH- applied, not received.
2017 Finalist, Friedrich Becker Prize Dusseldorf 2017. Stadtmuseum. Dusseldorf, Germany.
2017 “Toolbox Initiative” Team Member. www.toolboxtravel.com. Dakar, Senegal.
2016 Faculty Recognition Award. University Teaching Council. Kent State University.
2016 University Research Grant. Kent State University. Kent, OH – Awarded.
2016 University Wellness Grant. Kent State University. Kent, OH –Awarded.
2016 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award- Applied, not received.
2016 Award for Excellence in Metals, The Best of 2016, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH.
2016 Fresh Air Award, Fresh, Summit Artspace Gallery, Akron, OH.
2016 Niche Awards, Student Winner, Sculpture to Wear, Washington D.C.
2015 International Travel Award, Kent State University Graduate Student Senate, Kent, OH.
2014 Winter Installation, Collaborative Project, The Birdsell Project, South Bend, IN. 2013 Domestic Travel Award, Kent State University Graduate Student Senate, Kent, OH.
2013 Student Work Exchange, Society of North American Goldsmiths, Toronto, Canada.
2017 Faculty Mentor. Undergraduate Summer Research Experience. Kent State University.
2017 Faculty Co-Advisor. Boston Mills Art Fest. Kent State University.
2017 Honors Thesis Defense Committee. Kent State University Honors College.
2016-2017 Faculty Advisor. Kent State Jewelry Metals Co-Op. Kent State University.
2016-2017 BFA/MA Committee Member. Kent State University School of Art.
2016-2017 Scholarship Committee. Member. Kent State University School of Art. 2016-2017 Curriculum Committee. Member. Kent State University School of Art.
2016 Kent Library Student Multimedia Studio. 3D Printing and Technologies Weekly Volunteer. Kent State University.
2015-2016 BFA Committee Member. Kent State University School of Art.
2014-2015 Student Representative, Search committee member, Jewelry/Metals/Enameling.
*2017 Art Faculty and Alumni Exhibition. Invitational. Miami University. Oxford, OH.
2017 You, Me, Us, We. Art Auction and Exhibition. Downtown Gallery. Kent, OH.
2017 Exhibition in Motion. SNAG Conference Runway Show. New Orleans, LA.
2017 Adorned Spaces Exhibition. SNAG conference. Solo Booth: Flourished. New Orleans, LA.
2017 Body of Work. Online Exhibition, part of We Wear Culture. Baltimore Jewelry Center and Google Arts and Culture Institute.
2017 The Best of 2017. Traveling Exhibition. Ohio Craft Museum. Columbus, OH.
2017 Digital Fabrication Exhibition. In conjunction with the Digital Fabrication Symposium. University of North Texas. Denton, TX.
2017 Biennial Faculty Exhibition. Kent State Main Gallery. Kent, OH.
2017 Friedrich Becker Preis Dusseldorf 2017. Finalist Exhibition. Stadtmuseum. Dusseldorf, Germany.
2017 7th International Wearable Expressions Juried Exhibition. Palos Verdes Art Center. Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.
2016 We are SNAG: Upsetting the Stone. Online Exhibition. Society of North American Goldsmiths. www.snagmetalsmith.org/exhibitions/we-are-snag-upsetting-the-stone/
2016 10th Annual OOVAR Exhibition. Metropolitan Library. Columbus, OH.
2016 Majestic National 2016 Juried Show. Majestic Galleries. Nelsonville, OH.
2016 ALLOY Metals: From Art to Artifact. (Spoon Wall) R2 Gallery. Carbondale, CO.
2016 Interrupted, Ashland University Coburn Gallery, Ashland, OH.
2016 Precious: The Fine Art of Fine Craft, Summit Art Space, Akron, OH.
2016 The Contemporary Jewelry Exchange, Partnered with Micheline Roi, Canada. thecontemporaryjewelryexchange.tumblr.com
2016 Embodied. University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI. 2016 Exhibition in Motion, SnagNEXT Conference, Asheville, NC.
2016 The Best of 2016, traveling exhibition, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH.
Award for Excellence in Metals.
2016 In the Garden, The National Ornamental Metals Museum, Memphis, TN.
2016 Fresh, Summit Art Space, Akron, OH.
Fresh Air Award.
2016 Obsession, ECU Symposium, Greenville Museum of Art. Greenville, NC.
2016 No Boundaries: Art as Jewelry, Jewelry as Art, Sherrie Gallerie, Columbus, OH.
2016 2016 Niche Awards, Sculpture to Wear, Niche Magazine.
Student Winner. http://www.nicheawards.com/sculpture-to-wear-jewelry-students-2016-winners
2015 Akron Art Prize, Zeber Martell Side Gallery, Akron, OH.
2015 Fresh Perspectives. Invitational. Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH.
2015 Boston Mills ArtFest, Kent State University Emerging Artist Booth, Juried Participant Peninsula, OH.
2015 Waterloo Arts Fest Juried and Members Exhibition, Waterloo Arts Gallery, Cleveland, OH.
2015 Behold: Modern Metal Vessels, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL.
2015 What I Lived for, MFA Thesis Solo Exhibition, Kent State University, Kent, OH.
2014 The Birdsell Project, Collaborative Installation with Allison Polgar, South Bend,
2014 Form, Forge, and Fabricate, SIUC University Museum, Carbondale, IL. 2014 Miniature!, Arterie Fine Arts, Naperville, IL.
2014 Great Lakes Small Works, RAC Gallery, Ypsilanti, MI.
2014 Cultivate, MFA Candidacy Review. Kent State University, Kent, OH.
2014 Earthly Delights: Metalsmiths Inspired by Nature, Lillstreet Art Gallery, Chicago, IL.
2014 ASM International Exhibition, Materials Park, OH.
2013 MFA Show, Kent Art Gallery, Kent State University, Kent, OH. 2012 Small Works Exhibit, Kent Downtown Gallery, Kent, OH.
2011 Miami University Group Exhibition, Brazee St. Studios, Cincinnati, OH. 2011 Emerging Artists, Summerfair Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.
2010 Best of 2010, Traveling exhibition, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH.
2009 ACTFUL 2009, National Student Video Contest Winner.
2008 Taller del Muralismo, Public mural workshop participant, mural construction collaborator. Asunción, Paraguay.
2016-2017 Exhibition in Motion Collaboration. Collaboration with Jennifer Ramirez. Work will be performed at the Society of North American Goldsmiths Exhibition in Motion event in New Orleans.
2015-2016 Exhibition in Motion Collaborative Challenge. Collaboration with Jennifer Ramirez. Work performed at the Society of North American Goldsmiths Exhibition in Motion event in Ashville, NC.
2014 The Birdsell Project, Collaborative Installation with Allison Polgar, South Bend,
Commissions/ Special Projects
2016 Wedding ring to necklaces commission, private commission, conversion of broken wedding ring into necklaces for daughters.
2015 Public Art Piano, Downtown Akron Partnership, Akron, OH.
2013-2014 Meaningful Metals Project, private commission, conversion of meaningful but rarely worn jewelry pieces into useful objects and keepsakes for various family members.
2016 Turner, Anderson. Summit Artspace- Fresh. Akron, OH. Spring 2016 http://tinyurl.com/jvalgmc
2015 Smith, Rachel Suzanne, and Kathleen Browne. What I lived for. n.p.: [Kent, Ohio] : Kent State University, 2015., 2015. KentLINK, EBSCOhost
2016 Kent State School of Art Feature. https://www.kent.edu/art/news/rachel-smith-finalist-friedrich-becker-prize-2017
2016 Metal Museum Online Store Feature. The National Ornamental Metal Museum. Memphis, TN. http://www.metalmuseum.org/one-of-a-kind
2014 Winter Installation, Collaborative Project, The Birdsell Project, South Bend, IN http://birdsellproject.org/artist-directory/rachel-suzanne-smith/
Lectures, Presentations, Workshops
2017 “Large Scale Enameling” Workshop. Presenter/Instructor. Ohio Art Education Association Summer Symposium. Kent, OH.
2017 “Sifted Enamels” Workshop. Presenter/Instructor. Ohio Art Education Association Summer Symposium. Kent, OH.
2017 “Design and Process” Presentation. Presenter. Summit County Lapidary Society. Quirk Community Center. Cuyahoga Falls, OH.
2017 SNAG Nexus Conference. Attendee. Running educational booth for Kent State University. New Professionals work exchange awarded. New Orleans, LA.
2017 “My Time with the Toolbox Initiative” Presentation. Presenter. Kent State University First Friday Lecture Series. Kent, OH.
2016 “Integrating CAD with Traditional Techniques” Presentation. Arts Libraries
Society of North America, Ohio Valley Chapter. Kent State University. Kent, OH.
2016 “Mutton Hill Quilt Show” Volunteer. Preview Party Activity Facilitator/workshop leader. Copper stamping and texturing lesson. John S. Knight Center. Akron, OH.
2016 “Keystone Metals Forum” Attendee. Touchstone Center for Crafts. PA. 2016 “Repair Days” Volunteer. Metals Museum. Memphis, Tennessee.
2016 “Rhino Teacher Training” Attendee. Ontario High School. Mansfield, OH. 3-D Modeling Workshop with Bruce Weirich.
2015 “Repair Days” Volunteer. Metals Museum. Memphis, Tennessee.
2015 Graduate Research Symposium. Presented experiences/about “Schmuck.” Kent, OH.
2015 “Schmuck” International Jewelry Week. Attendee. Munich, Germany. 2014 “Repair Days” Volunteer. Metals Museum. Memphis, TN.
2014 “Me, My Selfie, and I” Instructor. Weekend Kids Studio Class. Akron Art Museum. Akron, OH.
2014 “Rhino Teacher Training” Attendee. Ontario High School. Mansfield, OH. 3-D Modeling Workshop with Bruce Weirich.
2013 “Meta Mosaic” SNAG Conference. Attendee and Volunteer. Toronto, Canada. 2013 “Rhino Teacher Training” Attendee. Kent State University, Kent, OH. 3-D
Modeling Workshop with Bruce Weirich.
2009 JOOI (Optimist Club) Regional Conference Co-Speaker.
2008 Taller del Muralismo (Muralism Workshop) Asunción, Paraguay.
2017 Scholastic Art Awards, Northeast Central Ohio Committee/Juror, Kent State University Stark Campus. OH
Society of North American Goldsmiths – (SNAG) Art Jewelry Forum – (AJF)
Ohio Designer Craftsman – (ODC) Crafthause
Phi Kappa Phi (Honors Society) Alpha Lamda Delta (Honors Society)
Summit County Lapidary Society
The Summit County Historical Society
Native English speaker, proficient in Spanish.
Lived in Paraguay 2007-2008, Traveled to Paraguay touring metals workshops fall 2016.
2016 Ombre Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2016 The National Ornamental Metals Museum, Memphis, TN, Jewelry available for purchase in the museum store.
References Available Upon Request
Where to Buy
Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.