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Moishe Smith

Moishe Smith was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1929. He was a printmaker whose naturalistic realism style interprets the scene for his viewer. He died in Logan, Utah in 1993.

Smith earned his BA at the New School of Social Research in 1950. He earned his MFA at the University of Iowa where Mauricio Lasansky was his instructor. He also studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in the summers of 1949 and 1950.

His intaglio print, Three Men in an Olive Tree (1984), was the winner of the prestigious Cannon Award at the National Academy of Design. Twilight in Amsterdam, an intaglio print, and Peasant Food, a monoprint, are also examples of his work. Jewish Cemetery, Prague (1980), an intaglio print, is featured in the Springville Museum of Art permanent collection.

Biography adapted from Artists of Utah.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, this well known realistic intaglio printmaker was a Utah State University faculty member from 1977 until his death just a little under sixteen years later. Having studied first at the New School of Social Research (B.A. 1950), and then at the University of Iowa with M.L Lasansky (M.F.A 1953), Smith went on for further work at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Academy of Florence. He also became associated with Georgio Morandi. Teaching first at the University of Wisconsin (1966-67), the artist again at both Ohio State and the University of Iowa in 1971, and then became an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin (1972-77) before coming to Logan.

Biography courtesy Artists of Utah.

Newspaper Articles

"4 Exhibitions Stress Artistic Individuality." The Deseret News, November 7, 1993.

"Adaptable Artists Display Works In Park City." The Deseret News, January 21, 1990.

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, October 17, 1999.

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, December 15, 1991.

"Cancer Claims Utah Artist, Teacher Moishe Smith At 64." The Deseret News, July 7, 1993.

"Climate Right For Visual Arts In '88 - At Least 14 Galleries Opened." The Deseret News, January 8, 1989.

"Exhibit celebrates 100 years of arts council: Display includes folk, fine, public art since 1899." The Deseret News, March 21, 1999.

"Exhibit of Prints Runs through March 14 at U.S.U. Museum." The Deseret News, March 7, 1993.

"Galleries Herald 1990 With New Exhibits." The Deseret News, January 14, 1990.

"Juror Is Master Of The Art Of Selecting The Best Works." The Deseret News, August 4, 1991.

"Moishe Smith Honored At Graveside." The Deseret News, July 8, 1993.

"Moishe Smith's 'Scenic Route' To Utah Artist Brings Tradition Of Printmaking To USU." The Salt Lake Tribune, March 7, 1993.

"Spring Salon Displays Vitality And Variety Of Old And New Artists." The Deseret News, April 21, 1991.

"This Place Utah: Artists' Passion For State's Beauty Makes A Stirring Exhibit At LDS Museum." The Deseret News, January 21, 1996.

"Time-Consuming Prints Evoke Strong Emotion." The Salt Lake Tribune, November 24, 1991.

"Vodka Importer Toasts Artist's Absolut Utah." The Salt Lake Tribune, April 23, 1992.


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