Josh Smith, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor of Art (Graphic Design & Printmaking)
Department: Art & Design
Office: MC 219
Phone Extension: 2249
M.F.A. University of Kentucky, 2012
B.A. Wheaton College, 1998
Werkplaats Typografie SS, 2013
Dharamsala, India, 2000
Prof. Smith has ten years of professional experience as a graphic designer, photographer and printmaker in Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis and Boulder, with clients such as Urban Outfitters, Orange County Museum of Art, and Target. He also collaborates with his wife Margaret under the name Dovetail Practice.
His current artwork addresses the contemporary tensions of compression in the 21st century as more of our material world is subject to digitalization (code and flattening) and abstraction. He presents layers, scanned imagery & binary code as a metaphor for a dualistic life: mind/body, zero/one, open/closed. Through the use of handwritten code and encrypted messages, the work points to a third element: a unifying and mystical space in between, where true communication & unification is possible.
He lives in Lexington with his wife and two girls.
Courses currently taught:
Graphic Design 1 & 2
Contemporary Art Seminar