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Sculptors' Prints: Ed Smith's Work at Royal Scottish Academy

Work by Marist College Professor of Art and Art Gallery Director Ed Smith is included in Sculptors' Prints, an exhibition at The Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh. The exhibition runs from February 23 to March 31.

"Being included with such distinguished artists is a great privilege," Smith said recently from Scotland, where he traveled to attend the exhibition's opening. "The Royal Academy of Scotland is one of the most impressive organizations in Scotland, and I'm grateful to be a part of this exhibition."

Ed Smith

 Battle of the Naked Men, Ed Smith, 2012, Etching

Smith's work, Battle of the Naked Men, included in this exhibition, is based upon a work of the same name by Antonio Pollaiuolo, a 15th-century Florentine artist, which was one of the earliest and most influential of Italian engravings. Smith's print is nearly 7 feet x 7 feet and is made of 12 separate sheets. 

Speaking of Smith and fellow American artists, William Tucker, academy Director Colin Greenslade said, "The RSA is very pleased to welcome works by two prominent American sculptors-print makers, Ed Smith and William Tucker, who join the selection at the invitation of the Royal Scottish Academy. Both artists have established long and illustrious careers as sculptors and both have integrated a significant body of printmaking into their practice. 

The Royal Scottish Academy show features some of Scotland's most distinguished sculptors, including academy members. Smith is one of only two American artists to be included in the show, which features prominent sculptors like Eduardo Paolozzi, Doug Cocker, Antoni Tapies, and Arthur Watson. "To be included alongside these great artists is a true honor, Smith said. "These are artists of the highest caliber. For an artist of Scots descent, it is a humbling experience."

Antonio PollaiuoloBattle of the Naked Men, Antonio Pollaiuolo, 1465, Engraving (courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art)
The Royal Scottish Academy is that country's preeminent arts institution. It is housed in a landmark building by architect William Henry Playfair located on The Mound, the Edinburgh hill where neighboring architectural highlights include the National Portrait Gallery of Scotland and the Royal Bank of Scotland.
About Ed Smith
Ed Smith is associate professor of art and art gallery director at Marist College. Smith is a Guggenheim fellow in sculpture and drawing and an associate of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. He is also an associate fellow at Trumbull College, Yale University. His work is represented in public and private collections in the United States and abroad, including the British Museum and Yale University. His many individual and group exhibitions include, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum, The Arkell Museum, the Queens Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Hillwood Art Museum, Caversham Press South Africa, Fleming Museum, Schenectady Museum, The Albright Knox Museum, The Robert Steele Gallery, NYC, Halsey Gallery, College of Charlston, Claudia Carr Gallery, NYC, Willard Gallery, Kansas State University, University of Louisiana, Monroe, Dartmouth College, Hollywood Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, FL., Schenectady Museum, among many other museums and galleries.

Smith's work has been written about and reviewed in The New York Times, Sculpture Magazine, The Baltimore Evening Sun, Art News, The Miami Herald, Times Union, Giornale Dell'Arte, The San Francisco Examiner, Art New England, and many others publications.

He has been a visiting artist, lecturer, artist-in-residence, professor and distinguished visiting artist at American University, Bennington College, Bard College, Brandies University, Boston University, Kansas State University, Dartmouth College, Swathmore College, University of New Hampshire, Chautauqua Institution School of the Arts, Clark University, Dia Art Center, Trumbull College, Yale University, Lacoste School of the Arts in France, Parsons School of Art, S.V.A., University of Pennsylvania, New York Studio School, Vermont Studio Center, Glasgow School of Art, and North Glasgow College, among many other institutions.

Smith's awards and honors include, Awards for Teaching Excellence, National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts, Ford Foundation Grants, First Alternate Prix de Rome, Fulbright Award, 2009-10 Marist College Faculty of the Year Award, and NY State Council on the Arts.