The Stellaccio Lecture and a celebratory reception will take place in the galleries
on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. The galleries and this event are free and open to the
Smith, whose art is driven by his love for hip-hop and jazz music, is showcasing an
exhibit titled Uprock in the Merwin Gallery. His artistic focuses include ceramics and drawings, and Smith’s
clay work is inspired by the intersections of graffiti art, comic book graphics and
playful organic abstraction.
Smith’s professional activities include workshops, lecturers and residencies including
visits to Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, and
the Robert McNamara Foundation. His works are represented in numerous private and
public collections around the world, including The Luise Ross Gallery, the Nerman
Museum of Contemporary Art, FuLed International Ceramic Art Museum in Beijing, China
and the Indiana State Museum.
Smith earned a Master of Fine Arts from the New York College of Ceramics at Alfred
University and studied at both the Kansas City Art Institute and Penn State University.
Currently, Smith serves as Associate Professor of Ceramic Art at Indiana University.
Meler, whose exhibition in the Wakeley Gallery is titled Invisible Distance, earned a Master of Arts from Purdue University, followed by a Master of Fine Arts
from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Meler completed a residency at
the Women’s Studio Workshop etching studio and is currently a professor at the University
of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The galleries are located at the Ames School of Art and Design Building (6 Ames Plaza
West, Bloomington) and are open Monday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday evenings
7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The galleries will
be closed for Thanksgiving from Nov. 19 to Dec. 1.