Skylar Smith (b.1976, Louisville, KY) is an artist, educator, and entrepreneur. She is a founding member of Kentucky College of Art + Design (KyCAD), and has helped build the school from the seed of an idea to a living and evolving entity, where she is also an Associate Professor. Smith has taught college-level studio and art history courses for over ten years, in addition to teaching in non-profits and alternative-education venues. Her artwork deals with micro and macro perceptions of the natural world, and human-scale politics that influence perception.
Smith’s work has been exhibited regionally and internationally, including at The Parachute Factory, Lexington, KY; The Anne Wright Wilson Gallery at Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY; The Barr Gallery at Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, IN; The 1926 Gallery, Chicago, IL; Sanskriti Kendra Foundation, New Delhi, India; and at the Sanbarbh Residency, Partapur, India. She has completed Artist Residencies in India at Sanskriti Kendra and Sanbarbh Residency; and Colegio Trener, an elementary school in Lima, Peru. Smith has curated several exhibitions, including With Child at The Huff Gallery, Louisville, KY; The Hangar Show at Cardinal Wings Hangar, Louisville, KY; Wallpaper at The Stray Show, Chicago, IL; and Suspension at 1926 Gallery, Chicago, IL. Grants include Artist Meets Activism and Artist Enrichment grants from The Kentucky Foundation for Women, and two Great Meadows Foundation Artist Professional Development Grants.
She is an active member of the Louisville arts community and has partnered with many organizations to create community art events including: ARTXFM, SoBro Neighborhood Association, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Mini-Maker Faire, YouthBuild, 21c Museum, and the Speed Art Museum. Smith has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art and a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is also a Certified Yoga Teacher. She has taught at the University of Louisville and Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC). Through JCTC, she also taught college-level courses to men and women in prison. Smith resides in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband and two daughters.