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Blake Smith, MFA

Professor, Art
Unit: Art, College of Communication and Fine Arts
Location: Tigerville

“The will to win is nothing without the will to prepare!” —Juma Ikangaa
  • Teaching & Education

    You will learn with me when taking courses in drawing, photography, sculpture and art history. Degrees

    • BA, Studio Art, Lander University
    • Visual Studies, emphasis in Photography
  • Professional Experience

    My experience includes:

    • Lecturer Clemson University 2003-2004
    • Adjunct North Greenville University 2003-2008
    • Assistant Professor of Art North Greenville University 2008-2012
    • Associate Professor of Art North Greenville University 2013-Present
  • Selected Publications

    Black and White Magazine 2005, Town Magazine-Spot light on the Art Bomb Studios in Greenville SC. 2018.

  • Selected Awards Received

    2017 – Belton Center for the Arts Photography Award

    2017 – Exhibition Committee Award, Metropolitan Arts Council, Flat out under Pressure

    2018 – NGU Ten Year Service Award

    2013 – NGU Five Year Service Award

  • My Story

    I was born and raised in Anderson, SC. I am the son of a cabinet maker and a mother who was a designer. I attended and graduated from T.L. Hanna High school, where I enjoyed activities such as art classes and playing trumpet in the marching band. After High school I embarked upon a BA in studio art from Lander University, where I was introduced to photography and ceramics. These subjects would captivate me and propel me to further his education by attending Clemson University for study in the Master of Fine Arts program. I have taught at North Greenville University since 2003. In my spare time I enjoy working with three dimensional materials such as wood, clay and vintage photographs. You may also find me knee deep in a trout stream when I get the chance. I am also a member of Art Bomb Studios, a non-profit arts organization, located in downtown Greenville SC. As a Christian, I approach my duties in the classroom in a way that integrates faith, while also guiding and helping students learn the skills they want and need to learn. In doing so I help to create students that become transformational leaders for church and society.

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