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Winter 2011
Smith wins major faculty award
For the first time, this honor goes to an artist
d Smith has a new honor
to add to his growing
list of achievements. He has been mentioned in
over 45 periodic publications since 2005. He has
participated in more than 40 group exhibitions
since 2005 and 13 solo exhibitions since 2005 had four solo
exhibitions in 2010.
And now, as an associate professor of art and the gallery
director for Marist’s Steel Plant, Smith is not only one of
the recipients of the James A. Cannavino Library Faculty
Recognition Award for 2009-2010, but is also the f irst artist
of the Marist faculty to receive it.
“Ed’s regional, national and international acclaim suggest
that he is among the most productive and well-respected art-
ists to have ever been on faculty at Marist College and among
the most notable faculty artists in the northeast region of the
United States,” Dr. Steven M. Ralston, dean of School of
Communication and the Arts said.
The purpose of the Faculty Recognition Award is to recog-
nize faculty who have published or presented scholarly and/or
creative works that exemplify the professorial life. Every fall
semester the Library Development committee representative
from the six academic schools asks their dean to nominate a
faculty member for that year’s award.
In order to be considered, the professor must be a full- time
faculty member not in their tenure year, who has not received
the award within the last f ive years and who has a record of
continuous, sustained, scholarly and creative work.
Dr. Mark Van Dyke, associate professor of communica-
tion and Library Development Committee board member,
describes the award as the most prominent award on campus
that recognizes faculty scholarship and creativity.
Smith’s most recent work, a series of sculptures entitled
the Beggars of Venice, was presented at the Library Faculty
Recognition Award ceremony. The series was inspired during
a Marist summer program that Smith took with 23 students
for 5-6 weeks in summer 2009.
“I immersed myself in the life of Venice, the city, the work
of people there and the history,” Smith said.
Smith said that his artwork is a way for him to make sense
from chaos in the real world. His identity is his work.
When Smith is not creating masterpieces at his studio, he
can be found in the Steel Plant teaching drawing, print mak-
ing, 3d design and sculpture classes. The students are his fa-
vorite thing about Marist.
“The students are fun, smart, sharp and keep you on your
toes,” Smith said. “Marist students are completely differ-
ent than other places I have taught. They affect society in a
positive way. Not just from studies, but interaction with all
Smith f inds working with his colleagues and students
in the Art and Art History Department along with all of
Communication and the Arts to be supportive in a way that
most people do not understand. Smith said that everyone is
here to help each other.
Smith’s Beggars of Venice will be on display in the library
on the 2nd f loor until the next Faculty Recognition Award is
announced for the 2010-2011 year.
“This is what I was made to do,” Smith said.
photos provided by Ed Smith
Left: Smith, in a self portrait. Right: When not in the classroom, Smith can often be found in his studio working on his artwork.