Artist. Metalsmith. Educator.
Rachel Suzanne Smith is an artist, metalsmith, and educator. She received her undergraduate degree at Miami University in Art Education with minors in 3D Media Studies (jewelry/metals) and Spanish and received her MFA in Crafts (Jewelry Metals Enameling) at Kent State University. While maintaining her studio practice, Smith is the Prototyping Manager at Sears think[box]- a free and open access innovation space in NE Ohio. In past roles, Smith has served as an adjunct and visiting professor of jewelry metals, created/cocreated and taught CAD/CAM related curriculum for both jewelry and general art courses, worked as a program coordinator in museum education, and managed makerspaces at Kent State University and Oberlin College.
Rachel Suzanne Smith’s studio work reflects themes of identity and ornament, focusing specifically on the desire to connect with the outdoors and nature. The facilitation of that need occurs through the use of adornment, allowing the wearer to surround themselves in arrangements and clusters of plants, created via the artist’s photographs and sketches. Smith focuses on creating wearable sculpture and contemporary art jewelry. She maintains a solo studio practice as well as one in collaboration with Jennifer Ramirez.
Rachel Suzanne Smith’s work has been widely exhibited in craft and art shows. She was a finalist in the 2017 Friedrich Becker Prize and exhibited the work in the Finalist Exhibitions in the Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf and the Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus Hanau. She was a 2016 Niche Award winner in the category of Sculpture to Wear. Also active in the Ohio art scene, Rachel has received the Fresh Air award at the Akron Summit Art Space, the award for Excellence in Metals at the Ohio Craft Museum “Best of” exhibition, and is a 2019 recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award.
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