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EDUCATION

2009  M.F.A., Painting and Printmaking, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT

2007  B.F.A., Painting Major, Art History Minor, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

 

SOLO  EXHIBITIONS

2017  Redaction | 'sindikit | project, Baltimore, MD

2017  Locus of Control | Maus Contemporary Gallery, Birmingham, AL

2016  Time Further Out | Ponce Robles Gallery, Madrid, Spain (Solo)

2015  Vivir en la tierra plana (Living In The Flat Land) | Galleria Ponce+Robles, Madrid, Spain

2015  Volta 11 International Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland

2014  Vacation | DeLuce Gallery Northwest Missouri State University Olive, Maryville, MO

2014  As I Remembered | Beta Pictoris Gallery / Maus Contemporary Birmingham, AL

2014  Opposing Dysfunction | Wriston Art Galleries. Lawrence University, Appleton, WI

2013  I Dream Too Much | Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI

2012  Leslie Smith III: Representation, Abstraction, Oscillation | Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

 

GROUP  EXHIBITIONS

2019  Expo Chicago's EXPOSURE | Curated by Naima Keith | Chicago, IL

2019  tel un geste captivant la lumière | Galerie Isabelle Gounod, Paris, France

2019  Aftereffect: O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art | Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver, CO

2019  DRAWING NOW Paris | Galerie Isabelle Gounod, Paris, France

2018  Change Agent | Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Montreal, Canada

2018  FOCUS III: I’ll see it When I believe it, Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts Museum, Birmingham, AL

2018  Pulse Contemporary Art Fair Miami Beach | w/Maus Contemporary Gallery, Miami, FL

2017  Pulse Contemporary Art Fair Miami Beach | w/Maus Contemporary Gallery, Miami, FL

2017  Minimal Gestures | w/Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt, Germany

2017  Paper Positions Munich | w/Maus Contemporary Gallery, Munich, Germany

2017  Echo Spectrum | Trestle Contemporary Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2017  DRAWING NOW Paris | Travis Somerville, Suso Fandiño, Catherine Tafur, Leslie Smith III, Yoshishige Furukawa w/Maus Contemporary Gallery, Paris, France

2016  Black Paintings | Heike Strelow, Frankfurt, Germany

2016  Volta NY International Art Fair | w/Beta Pictoris Gallery, New York, NY

2016  ARCO Madrid International Contemporary Art Fair | w/Ponce Robles Gallery, Madrid, Spain

2016  Losing my Edge: New Perspectives in Abstract Figurative Painting | Bloch Hall Gallery, University of

2016  Montevallo, Birmingham, AL

2014  Volta 10 Art Fair | w/Beta Pictoris Gallery, Basel, Switzerland

2014  Pulse New York Contemporary Art Fair, | w/Beta Pictoris Gallery New York, NY

2014  Monochromatic | Triumph & Disaster, Montgomery, AL

2014  Parallax Futured: Transtemporal Subjectivities | Skirball Museum, Cincinnati, OH

2014  Black In The Abstract, Part II: Hard Edges/Soft Curves, 65th Anniversary, with curatorial contributions by Valerie

2014  Cassel Oliver, Bill Arning, and Dean Daderko | Contemporary Art Museum Huston, Houston, TX

2013  Big Bangs/Small Bucks Redux | Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

2013  Beta Pictoris Gallery at Texas Contemporary Art Fair | Houston, TX

2013  Wisconsin 30 | Milwaukee Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI

2013  Pulp 3 ...works on paper | Beta Pictoris Gallery, Birmingham, AL

2013  ARTPADSF | Art fair at the Phoenix Hotel in San Francisco, CA

2012  25 for 25 | Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

2012  Voices of Home | Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2012  Voices of Home | Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY

2011  Intersecting Cultures/Virtual Worlds | Underground Gallery at the Betsy, Miama, FL

2011  Two Men 2011: Tim Roseborough & Leslie Smith, III | Strivers Gardens Gallery, New York, NY

2010  Balls | Obsidian Arts, Minneapolis, MN

2010  In/Ex | Gallery M, New York, NY

2010  Joel Dean, Fabienne Lasserre, Leslie Smith III | Jolie Laide Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2009  Emerge CT: 2009 MFA Graduates from UConn, Western Connecticut State and Yale, Stamford, CT

2009  Yale University School of Art M.F.A. Thesis Show, New Haven, CT

2008  Verge | Galapagos Art Space, New York, NY

2007  Visions of Conflict: Rendering Dissent | Gormley gallery College of Notre Dame, Baltimore, MD

2007  MAEF Juried Exhibition | Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

2007  Maryland Institute College of Art B.F.A. Thesis Show, Baltimore, MD

2006  Taylor Companies Retrospective Show | Taylor Companies, Washington DC

 

COLLECTIONS

Virginia Museum of Fine Art | Richmond, VA

The High Museum of Art Permanent Collection |Atlanta, GA

The Collection of Kera and Bennie F. Johnson

Taylor Companies | Washington DC

Numerous private collections

 

HONORS & AWARDS

UW Fall Competition – Individual Proposal- “Tension and Noise, A Pure Material Approach to Abstraction” 2019

UW Fall Competition – Individual Proposal - “Isolated Gestures” | 2018

UW Vilas Associates Award | 2016

UW Fall Competition – Individual Proposal - “Unfolded: Dimensional Expansion of Perceived Two-Dimensional Space” | 2015

Nellie McKay Fellowship | 2014

UW Graduate School Fall Competition – Individual Proposal - “Folded Space” | 2014

UW Fall Competition – Individual Proposal - “The Material Support” | 2013

 

UW Fall Competition – Individual Proposal - “Departing Expectations” | 2012

American Academy in Rome, Al Held Affiliate Fellowship | Rome Italy | 2009

Best in show, Maryland Artist Equity Foundation Juried Exhibition | Baltimore Museum of Art | 2007

Freda Eichelberger Scholarship | 2006 -2007

Thailheimer Scholarship | 2003 – 2007

ARTS Scholarship, MICA | 2003 – 2007

National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts Finalist and Scholarship recipient | 2003

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

“FOCUS III: I’ll see it when I believe it,” Exhibition Catalog, Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts Museum, June 2018. pp. 70-72

“Echo Spectrum,” Exhibition Catalog, Trestle Contemporary Art Gallery, March 2017. pp. 43 - 47

"Leslie Smith III. Left to Think Alone," Artist Monograph, Maus Contemporary Gallery: June 2017

Gleeson, Bridget “Talking With American Painter Leslie Smith III About Abstraction, Anguish, and Architecture”

Artsy Accessed January, 2017. https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-talking-american-painter-leslie-smith-iiiabstraction-anguish-architecture

Gonzalez Panizo, Javier “Pintura y Tiempo: Abstracción Post-Pictórica” Zona Crítica Accessed October 2016. http://exit-express.com/pintura-y-tiempo-abstraccion-post-pictorica/

Butler, Sharron “Interview: Leslie Smith III in Madison, Wisconsin” Two coats of Paint Accessed February, 2016. http://www.twocoatsofpaint.com/2016/02/interview-leslie-smith-iii-in-madison.html

“Living in The Flat Land” Revista de Arte Contemporaneo Madrid Art Process Accessed February 2015. http://www.madridartprocess.com/agenda-cultural-madrid/item/1582-living-in-the-flat-land.html

Gonzalez Panizo, Javier “Leslie Smith III: Paint on The Surface” Blogearte – Critica De Arte Accessed February 2015. http://www.blogearte.com/2015/02/leslie-smith-iii-pintura-en-la.html

“What’s in an art Gallery? I dare to ask.” INVESTIGART Accessed January, 2015 https://investigart.wordpress.com/2015/01/29/artistas-en-el-escaparate-nos-vamos-de-galerias/

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston: Valerie Cassel Oliver, "Reverb" Out Side The Lines exhibition catalogue December 2014 pp. 143-147 Images 172-173

Callaloo Art & Culture in The African Diaspora. October 2014. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press. Issue 4 Vol. 37, pp. 867-869

Caroline Taylor “Monochromatic” Made, Issue 12, (April 2014): 8

Walter Lewellyn "Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood" Weld For Birmingham, Accessed March 13, 2014. http://weldbham.com/blog/2014/03/13/dont-let-me-be-misunderstood/

Steinhoff, Jessica “Leslie Smith III’s Paintings Explore Trauma Through Abstraction at MMoCA ” Isthmus The Daily Page, Accessed June, 2013. http://www.thedailypage.com/daily/article.php?article=40122

Leah kolb " Paintings in Conflict Leslie Smith's Contemporary Abstractions" I Dream Too Much exhibition catalogue, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art June 7, 2013

Katherine Murrell "Representation, Abstraction, Oscillation" Exhibition catalogue Dean Jensen Gallery July 27, 2012

Erica Agyeman "The Medium of The Message" International Review of African American Art, Issue 23.4, (December 2011): 35-38

Glen McNatt "Saying Their Piece About Fighters, War” Baltimore Sun, Accessed July, 2007. http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2007-07-25/features/0707250164_1_dame-of-maryland-college-of-notre-notredame

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI 2016 – Present

Vice President, Board of Trustee

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI 2014 - 2016

Trustee Board Member

Galerie Isabelle Gounod, Paris, France | 2019 - Present

Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Montreal, Canada | 2018 - Present

Heike Strelow, Frankfurt, Germany | 2016 - Present

Gallery Ponce + Robles, Madrid Spain | 2014 -2016

Maus Contemporary Gallery, Birmingham, AL | 2013-Present

 

APPOINTMENTS

University Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI | 2017 - Present: Associate Professor Drawing and Painting

University Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI | 2011 - 2017: Assistant Professor Drawing and Painting

University Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI | 2010 - 2011: Senior Lecture,

University of Hartford, Hartford, CT | 2009 - 2010: Adjunct Professor, Traditional Drawing, Introduction to Painting

 

LECTURES & VISITS

Peninsula School of Art | Fish Creek, WI | 2019: Contemporary Themes in Abstraction Presentation and Workshop

Peninsula School of Art | Fish Creek, WI | 2018: Contemporary Themes in Abstraction Presentation and Workshop

The Look of THINGS, Curators Office, Washington, DC | 2017: Panelist

American University Department of Art | Washington DC | 2016: Kinetic: Conversations in Contemporary Arts Featuring Leslie Smith III and Rushern Baker IV

Northwest Missouri State University | Maryville, MO | 2014: Visiting Artist: Lecture and Studio Visits

UW Milwaukee Peck School of Art | Milwaukee, WI | 2014: Visiting Artist: Lecture and Studio Visits

University of Iowa School of Art & Art History, Iowa City, IA | 2014: Visiting Artist: Lecture

“I Dream Too Much” Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI | 2013: Gallery talk and Docent talk

Marie Walsh Sharp Art Foundation Summer Session III, Colorado Spring, CO | 2013: Lecture & Painting Seminar instructor

Voices of Home Panel Discussion, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY | 2012: Panel Discussion moderated by former MoCODA curator Kalia Brooks

Strivers Gardens Gallery, New York, NY | 2011: Gallery Talk & Panel Discussion “Contemporary African American Art”

Dreyfoos School of the Arts, West Palm Beach, FL | 2011: Visiting Artist: Lecture and painting, printmaking workshop

Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD | 2010: Visiting Artist: Lecture and Undergraduate Thesis Studio Visits

Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT | 2010: Visiting Critic: Painting Studio II, seniors and juniors undergraduate majors

University Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI | 2010: Visiting Artist: Lecture and Graduate Studio Visits

 

 

 

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