- PhD, Social Justice Education, University of Toronto
MFA, Interdisciplinary Art, Goddard College
BA, Sociology & Anthropology, Spelman College
- Sarah Stefana Smith is a visual artist and scholar. Their photo-based practice is a recursive exploration of race, gender, and history. Smith creates photographs, sculptures, and installations that are informed by their interest in conceptual art, embodiment, and narrative in feminist and Black art traditions. Their art—scholarship communicates between the fields of Black culture studies, queer and affect studies, visuality and aesthetics. Smith was a recipient of an Art and Change Grant from the Leeway Foundation, an Ontario Arts Council Grant, and the John Pavlis Fellowship as an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center. She was most recently an artist in residence with the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. In 2013 Smith was the recipient of the Bremen International Student Fellowship at the University of Bremen. Their installation and photographs have most recently appeared at Waller Gallery and Gallery CA (2018), Lab Bodies Performance Art Review (2017), Mambu Badu’s, a Photography Collective of African Diaspora Women, self-titled issue (2013) and in the twenty-year retrospective of Sistagraphy: A Different Eye: Sistagraphy Celebrates 20 Years of Photography (2014), an Atlanta based photography collective of African American women. Smith’s work will be on display at the Boreland Project Space in State College, Pennsylvania in November of 2018. Smith has published writing in Women & Performance (2018), caareviews (2017), Liquid Blackness (2017), The Handbook on Race in the Arts in Education (2018), Drain Journal of Art and Culture (2015), and Ruptures: Anti-colonial and Anti-Racist Feminist Theorizing. Smith was previously Postdoctoral Fellow with the Africana Research Center and Department of African American Studies at The Pennsylvania State University (2016-18). Smith completed a Ph.D. in 2016 in the Department of Social Justice Education at the University of Toronto and received an MFA in interdisciplinary art from Goddard College (2010). Visit: www.sarahstefanasmith.com.