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 a Great Meadows Foundation Artist Professional Development Grant.
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.