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Gibbs M. Smith

Gibbs Morgan Smith was born in Kaysville, Utah in 1940. He is a book publisher and an environmentalist who paints highly stylized urban-inspired imagery and individualistic landscapes. He lives in West Kaysville, Utah.

Smith earned an MA in history from the University of Utah. As a young person, he studied with LeConte Stewart, and later with Randall Lake, Earl Jones, and Denis Phillips. 

Manhattan (1988) is featured in the Springville Museum of Art permanent collection. Other examples of Smith's work are December Rush Hour on Wabash Avenue, Chicago (1996), Manhattan Nocturne:  View from the Mayflower Hotel Looking South (1991), andJohn Nichols Tea House (1989).

Biography adapted from the Springville Museum of Art.

Gibbs Morgan Smith (1940-), of Kaysville, Utah, lives out his dream as the owner and president of his own publishing firm in Layton-an amazing development in Utah-with part of its history taking place in southern California; not surprisingly, he publishes beautiful books. Some years ago, Gibbs Smith-publisher, writer, environmentalist-took his love of art with him in his new paint box and became a charming painter of urban dreams of a personal kind. Like everything Smith does, his works have a uniquely individual feel, a haunting quality very welcome among the different ways, minds, and hearts of Utah Artists.

Biography courtesy Artists of Utah.

Newspaper Articles

"'91 Saw Tepid Art Bidding, Blockbuster Exhibits." The Deseret News, December 29, 1991.

"A Light on The Side of The Road." The Santa Fe New Mexican, April 14, 2004.

"A Salute to Utah's Ski Pioneers." The Salt Lake Tribune, January 10, 1999.

"An Artist With A View Sets Landscapes Alight." The Deseret News, March 5, 1995.

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, January 7, 2001.

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, May 20, 1993.

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, April 5, 1992.

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, April 21, 1991.

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, May 6, 1990.

"Artist Colony To Rise in Zion's Shadow; Retreat To Sprout Near Zion Park." The Salt Lake Tribune, December 29, 1996.

"Arts, Humanities Group Presents Education Awards At U. Tonight." The Deseret News, October 17, 1992.

"Art Scene: Utah Spring Salon's 67th edition Welcomes New Artists." The Salt Lake Tribune, April 21, 1991.

"Books Made for the Pleasure of Giving Away." The Salt Lake Tribune, November 28, 1999.

"Coming Up: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, September 13, 1998.

"Exhibit is Open Every Day During Games." The Deseret News, February 3, 2002.

"Exploring Depth and Scope of Utah Art at Springville." The Salt Lake Tribune, November 10, 1991.

"Galleries." The Deseret News, November 22, 1998.

"Galleries." The Deseret News, August 18, 1996.

"Galleries." The Deseret News, December 22, 1996.

"Galleries." The Deseret News, March 27, 1994.

"Kaysville Readies Official Painting For 150th Birthday." The Deseret News, April 24, 1999.

"Labor of Love." The Salt Lake Tribune, May 5, 2002.

"New 'Artists of Utah' is a Comprehensive Accomplishment." The Deseret News, October 24, 1999.

"New Book Illuminates Art of Valoy Eaton." Art Business News, 30, October 2003.

"People in the Arts." The Deseret News, May 14, 1992.

"Rewriting the Book on Utah Art; Rewriting The Book On Utah Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, January 4, 1998.

"Sacred Images Photo Exhibit Honors Ancient Utah Artists Exhibit Honors Ancient Utah Artists." The Salt Lake Tribune, May 5, 1996.

"Showing at Local Galleries." The Deseret News, December 14, 2003.

"Showing at Local Galleries." The Deseret News, September 21, 2003.

"Showing at Local Galleries." The Deseret News, May 20, 2001.

"Showing at Local Galleries." The Deseret News, August 27, 2000.

"Showing at Local Galleries." The Deseret News, July 25, 1999. "The West Under Cover." The Salt Lake Tribune, April 17, 1999.

"The Art of Collaboration." The Deseret News, March 26, 1989.

"The MESA Beckons Artists-And Funding." The Deseret News, November 30, 1996.

"This Law Firm doesn't Just Collect Clients- It Collects Fine Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, October 6, 1991.

"Utah Alliance Honors Arts-Education Backers." The Salt Lake Tribune, June 21, 1992.

"Utah Art: 145 Years of Visual Arts Spotlighted in Exhibit, Book, Symposium and Lectures." The Deseret News, October 27, 1991

"Utah Arts in '98." The Deseret News, December 27, 1998.

"Utah Briefs." The Salt Lake Tribune, September 12, 2002.

"Utah Marquee: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, August 6, 1999.

"Utah Marquee: Visual Arts." The Salt Lake Tribune, August 16, 1996.

"Utah Marquee: Visual Arts." The Salt Lake Tribune, April 1, 1994.

"Utah Painting and Sculpture." The Deseret News, December 21, 1997.

"Utah Under Covers." The Salt Lake Tribune, September 11, 1994.

"Valoy Eaton is True Painter of Light." The Deseret News, October 19, 2003.


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

Smith, Gibbs M. Joe Hill. Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah Press, 1969.

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