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Frank A. Smith

Frank A. Smith was born August 4, 1939 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Smith is a painter of imaginative illusionist works. He lives, works, and teaches in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Smith earned a B.F.A. in 1961 and an M.F.A. in 1964 at the University of Utah, and has been a faculty member at the same institution since 1966. His work is known nationally, and he is generally considered to be on of the finest and most imaginative illusionist artists working in the country today.

Smith's creations can be found in the National Collection of Fine Arts Museum, in Geneva (Switzerland), Paris, New York City, Salt Lake City (Utah Museum Fine Arts, State Collection, etc.), elsewhere.

Biography adapted from Artists of Utah.

This Salt Lake City painter was born, raised, educated, and teaches in that same community. He earned a B.F.A. (1961) and M.F.A. (1964) at the University of Utah, and has been a faculty member at that same institution since 1966. His work is known nationally, and he is generally considered to be one of the finest and most imaginative illusionist artists working in the country today. This artist's creations can be found in the National Collection of Fine Arts in Washington, D.C., the Denver Art Museum, in Geneva (Switzerland), Paris, New York City, Salt Lake City (Utah Museum of Fine Arts, State Collection, etc.) and elsewhere. Smith taught at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, before he came back home to begin his teaching career at the University of Utah.

Biography courtesy Artists of Utah.

Newspaper Articles

"7 New Art Shows at U. Offer a Visual Feast." The Deseret News, January 12, 1992.

"Abstract Utah: Exhibit at Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art Reveals 50 Years of artistic Evolution in State." The Deseret News, May 12, 1996.

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, May 17, 1992.

"Arts Council Fellowships go to 6 Artists With a View." The Salt Lake Tribune, November 1, 1992.

"Art Barn Looks Back 25 Years." The Salt Lake Tribune, November 18, 1990.

"Art Notes: Wildlife Artists Offer Show in Park City." The Salt Lake Tribune, January 6, 1991.

"Coming Up: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, March 28, 1999.

"Davis Center Celebrates Alvin Gittins." The Salt Lake Tribune, April 23, 1995.

"Double Your Pleasure." The Deseret News, January 27, 2002.

"Doug Snow: One -man Show at Phillips Gallery Features Some of Painter's Best and Most Recent Work." The Deseret News, October 9, 1994.

"Examples of Both Understatement, Overwork on Display at S.L. Galleries." The Deseret News, September 24, 1989.

"Galleries Offer Tricks and Treats for the Eyes." The Deseret News, October 24, 1993.

"Hot Tickets for the Weekend." The Salt Lake Tribune, May 22, 1992.

"Lots to See at U. Museum Galleries, Take You to Foreign Lands, Other Centuries Via Fine-Art Exhibits." The Deseret News, May 21, 1989.

"Nature: 'As Good as it Gets'." The Deseret News, June 9, 2002.

"Off-the-Wall Exhibits Really are Sculpture and Art Pieces are Unusual, 3-Dimensional." The Deseret News, March 18, 1990.

"Phillips' Extraordinary Exhibit a Must-see for Utah Collectors." The Deseret News, August 23, 1998.

"Showing at Local Galleries." The Deseret News, February 24, 2002.

"Shows Feature Paintings, Crafts, Wall Hangings." The Deseret News, July 28, 1991.

"Technical Trickery." The Washington Post, May 12, 1990.

"Treasures Abound in Summer Art Exhibits." The Deseret News, June 11, 1989.

"Tony Smith's Unpopulated World of Simple Beauty." The Salt Lake Tribune, May 12, 2002.

"Utahns with Roots in Spiritual Movement." The Salt Lake Tribune, December 25, 1994.

"Utah Art Spans an Array of Time, Subject Matter." The Deseret News, March 31, 1991.

"Utah Galleries Put on Their Fall Finery and Unveil Blockbuster Exhibitions." The Deseret News, October 7, 1990.

Books

American Federation of Arts. Who's Who in American Art. New Providence, NJ: Marquis Who's Who, 1986.

Bowker, R. R. Who's Who in American Art. New York, NY: R.R. Bowker, 1993.

Dunbier, Roger, ed. North American Artists: The Artists Bluebook. Scottsdale, AZ: AskART.com, 2000.

Olpin, Robert S., William C. Seifrit, and Vern G. Swanson. Artists of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1999.

Reinhardt, Lisa. Davenport's Art Reference & Price Guide 2001/2002. Phoenix, AZ: Gordon's Art Reference, 2000.

Smith, Frank Anthony. Frank Anthony Smith, Recent Paintings. Salt Lake City, UT: The Center, 1981.

Smith, Frank Anthony. "A Name for a Bird." M.F.A. thesis, University of Utah, 1964.

Smith, Frank Anthony. Frank Anthony Smith: Paintings 1975-1986: May 8-June 12, 1988. Salt Lake City, UT: Utah Museum of Fine Arts, University of Utah, 1988.

Swanson, Vern G., Robert S. Olpin, Donna Poulton, and Janie L. Rogers. 150 Year Survey Utah Art & Artists. Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith, 2002.

Swanson, Vern G., Robert S. Olpin, and William C. Seifrit. Utah Art. Layton, UT: Gibbs Smith Publishing Co, 1991.

Swanson, Vern G., Robert S. Olpin, and William C. Seifrit. Utah Paintings and Sculpture. Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith Publishers, 1991.

Western States Arts Foundation. The First Western States Biennial Exhibition: An Exhibition. Denver, CO: The Foundation, 1979.

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