Upcoming Exhibitions

Main Gallery Sept. 6 to Oct. 4, 2019

The Hope Suite: Mark L. Smith

Opening Reception: Friday, Sept. 6, 6 to 9 pm

Closing Reception: Saturday, October 5, 5 to 7 pm

Art is a universal language. And hope is a universal feeling. At this time in human history, we all long for a ray of hope, for some vestige of unity. 

         I began this series in 2008 as a way to help build bridges between diverse cultures; art as diplomacy. During the six years I spent making the 44 works on paper, it became more than that, evolving into a celebration of the fact that—despite our diversity in language and culture—we are all one, with a common hope for our future together.

         A work of art is finished only when you, the viewer, finishes it by taking it into your mind and heart. Have a slow look at each work, and at the Map of Hope, at the Quilt of Hope, and add your own Note of Hope. These are small acts, but they change our world for the better.      – Mark L. Smith



The Hope Suite includes 44 works of art that each contain the word “Hope” in a different language. Inspired by President Obama’s campaign message, Smith selected languages from areas that are most in need of hope, places that struggle with ongoing unrest and conflict.
The Hope Suite will be on display at K Space Contemporary September 6 through October 5. A closing reception will be held Saturday, Oct. 5 from 5 to 7 pm.
 
Mark L. Smith is a visual-arts professional with thirty-five years of experience in modern and contemporary art.  He has forged a dual career in higher education and in private business.  Equipped with a PhD in the history and criticism of art from the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Smith has served as an art department chairman, an associate dean in fine arts, and a teacher of art history and studio art.
 
After founding the Helm Fine Arts Center and Nancy Wilson Scanlan Gallery in Austin, Texas and writing the art column for the Austin Statesman, he co-founded in 1989 Flatbed Press Inc., a prestigious collaborative printmaking workshop in Austin where he functioned as the curator and production consultant until 2012. He has authored numerous articles and catalog essays, and curated significant exhibitions for major museums and alternative spaces, and juried innumerable competitive exhibitions. He has conducted creativity workshops, consulted with artists for career development, provided professional critiques, and developed corporate and private collections of art.