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Lenoir-Rhyne University welcomes visiting artist
Lenoir-Rhyne University welcomes visiting artist

Lenoir-Rhyne University welcomes Leah Smith, visual artist, as part of the LR Visiting Artist Series Friday, Oct. 26, at 10 a.m. in Belk Centrum. The seminar is open to the public.

Based in Mebane, North Carolina, Smith will present and discuss her artwork as well as her recent hike of the Appalachian Trail. Her presentation will have a creative development and culture development emphasis for students. Smith's artistic practice in sculpture and drawing investigates the relationship between people and environment, seeking to place lives within the context of endless cyclical change in nature.

Regarding her work, Smith writes: "My work explores the inseparability of the technological and the natural, the human-built and the nonhuman-built. I strive to transform the materials of my sculptures in such a way that a space of human belonging grows within each newly created environment. The tactile and kinesthetic aspects of process are important to my art practice, and I am fascinated by watching complexity emerge from simple, cyclical actions of my hands and tools in contact with the material."

In 2013, Smith graduated with her bachelor's degree in studio art, earning magna cum laude from Davidson College, where she was the recipient of the McAllen Scholarship for Studio Art. Visit leahsmithstudio.com to learn more about the artist.

Through the LR Visual Arts Visiting Artist Series, LR has hosted approximately four artists beginning in the spring 2018 semester. The purpose of the series is to engage the campus community, especially visual arts students, with knowledge of innovative practices in the contemporary art field.