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Artist Statement

My painting goal is to order symbolic fragments into a state of pure painting. They are not concerned with a description of the seen world, rather they are involved with the mystery of the human experience. Our ambiguities and contradictions are isolated into a pictorial form that can be contemplated; a form where multiple meanings may be examined, where shifting states of consciousness are engaged. My oil paintings do not represent emotion. They transcend it.


  • Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • Tate Gallery, London
  • Post Museum, Berne, Switzerland
  • California Art Museum, Oakland
  • Otterbein College
  • Davenport Museum
  • Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada
  • Musee d'Art Contemporain, Montreal
  • Musee de Quebec, Canada
  • National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
  • Pratt Art Institute
  • Amoco Corporation
  • Washington Museum of Contemporary Art, Washington, D.C.
  • Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • Springville Art Museum, Utah
  • Lake Forest College
  • Koener Foundation, Simon Fraser University
  • Mt Mercy College, Iowa
  • Brigham Young University
  • Monmouth College
  • Pocatello Public Library, Idaho
  • Western Illinois University Recital Hall
  • Walter Hopps
  • Jesse Robison
  • Bernd Marguart

Instruction Experience

  • Ohio State University
  • University of Texas
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Idaho
  • Western Illinois University
  • University of Victoria, Canada
  • Simon Frazer University, Canada

Contact Information

Joel Smith
914 Sunset Drive,
Socorro, New Mexico 87801
Joel SmithPhone:575-835-2817