Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Travis Graves

Committee Members

Christian Rieben, Michael Anthony Fowler


The artist discusses his Master of Fine Arts exhibition, entitled Family, Work, Land. The exhibit was mounted in Tipton Gallery in downtown Johnson City, TN, from February 22nd to March 11th, 2022. A public reception was held on the evening of March 4th . The exhibition consisted principally of four multimedia installations. Smith’s body of work is an interpretation of how stories that he often heard growing up are related to the Western North Carolina community in which his grandparents were living in the first quarter of the twentieth century. These works explore the interactions between people, how they support themselves, and the impact that working for the logging industry had on the family and the land around them.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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