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Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist Lecture: Malcolm Mobutu Smith

5:30 pm
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School of Art, Art History & Design, (402) 472-5522,
Malcolm Mobutu Smith, associate professor of ceramic art at Indiana University, will present the Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist Lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 5:30 p.m. CDT via Zoom.

The lecture is accessible at Free and open to the public.

The School of Art, Art History & Design’s Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist & Scholar Lecture Series brings notable artists, scholars and designers to Nebraska each semester to enhance the education of students.

Smith earned his MFA degree from the New York College of ceramics at Alfred University in 1996. As an undergraduate, he studied at both the Kansas City Art Institute and Penn State University receiving his BFA in ceramics in 1994.

Smith’s work, both ceramic and drawing, are guided by improvisations that merge volumetric form and graphic flatness. His works, fueled by a passion for Hip Hop and Jazz, are inspired by the intersections graffiti art, comic books and playful organic abstraction. Generally, Smith’s ceramics forms rely on wheel-thrown and hand-built elements, most commonly presented as abstractions of cups, bottles, and vases. Motivated by these concerns and his own multi- cultural background Smith’s research is buoyed and inspiration by identity politics, drawing, printmaking and 3D printing.

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