Marist Madrid Meets Marist Poughkeepsie in Art Exhibition this Fall

Julia Fishman

Professor of Art Ed Smith is showing work at a Madrid gallery in a show curated by Madrid Program Director Isabel Carrasco Castro

Ed Smith Madrid exhibition

November 13, 2018—“The first time I saw Ed Smith’s sculptures I was visiting New York and right then I envisioned a gallery show of his work in Madrid,” said Isabel Carrasco Castro, Director of the Marist Madrid Program

Smith, Professor of Art and Director of the Marist College Art Gallery, is also a working artist who frequently exhibits his work across the U.S. Elaborated from themes of antiquity and Greek mythology, Smith’s sculptures are primarily in metal. “His work raises a reflection on human conflicts that belongs to all times,” said Carrasco Castro. She was particularly taken with how his works on paper reminded her strongly of Spanish painter Francisco de Goya. Carrasco Castro and Smith were introduced by Dean of International Programs John Peters. 

This month, the Madrid art gallery, White Lab will host an exhibition of Smith’s work curated by Carrasco Castro. “This occasion will allow us to enjoy, for the first time in Spain, a selection of Ed’s sculptures, prints and drawings,” she noted. 

Always an educator, Carrasco Castro also wanted to ensure that students in the Marist Madrid Program would be Small bronze sculptures by Ed Smith able to take part in this unique collaboration linking back to the main campus in New York. She put together inspired programming: the exhibition reception will be held on Thanksgiving Day and will feature dinner in the gallery with Smith, who will discuss his work. This effort has been supported both by Peters and Lyn Lepre, Dean of the School of Communication and the Arts. 

“As a Guggenheim Fellow in sculpture and drawing, Professor Smith’s work has featured prominently in global exhibitions. Yet, this is the first exhibition of his art in Spain,” said Peters. “Dr. Carrasco was instrumental in bringing the exhibition to fruition, and this collaboration not only brings Professor Smith’s work to new audiences, but also offers a rich experience for our Madrid students. The Marist students are looking forward to connecting with Professor Smith, attending the lecture and reception, and spending Thanksgiving together.” 

“This will be a celebration for our U.S. students and their host families,” said Smith. “It’s a unique take on Thanksgiving in Spain.” 

“Ed Smith: Escultura” will be on view at White Lab in Madrid through November 30.

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