Time, Space & Animation: An Expanded Journey Across Fine Art Practice and New Media Technologies
Kathy Smith is an Australian artist who has been working with painting, animation, installation and sound since 1982. After graduating from Sydney College of the Arts in 1985, she studied and worked in Europe at the Dr Denise Hickey studio residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris and under the Dyason Bequest study grant at Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy; awarded by the Art Gallery of NSW, the Australia Council and The Sydney Morning Herald Traveling Art Prize. Since 1984, Kathy’s works have been screened internationally, including SIGGRAPH N-Space Art Gallery, Sundance Film Festival, New York Digital Salon, Hiroshima, Anima Mundi, and Ottawa International Animation Festivals.
She has a record of achievement in research and creative work spanning thirty years. This includes international research residencies in France, Italy and the USA funded by the Australian Network for Art & Technology, the Australia Council and Screen Australia. Kathy has exhibited at group and solo exhibitions such as Institute of Contemporary Art, London, Conservatorio di Santa Maria degli Angeli, Florence, Italy, the Australian National Gallery, Canberra and Tamarind Art Gallery New York City, NY. Kathy is currently working on her new animation about time, non-local consciousness and expanded awareness at the point of death.
Kathy is Associate Professor at the John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts, where she chaired the Division from Fall 2004 to Spring 2009 and from Fall 2010 until Fall 2014 establishing the BA in animation and digital arts, creating the semester abroad with Studio Art Centers International Florence, Italy and establishing the research collaboration with the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies in 2004. Kathy was Co-Chair of REDEFINING ANIMATION The 25th Annual Conference of the Society for Animation Studies hosted at the School of Cinematic Arts, USC 2013. Kathy teaches Expanded Animation, Master’s Thesis and irregularly Animation Seminar and Contemporary Topics in Animation & Digital Art. Her teaching focuses on expanded animation practice and animation as consciousness.
University and Academic Awards:
- Mellon Award for Mentoring Graduate Students USC 2013
- Impact Award for Education from Adobe Sytems Inc.2011
- Interdisciplinary Zumberge Research Grant, University of Southern California 2010
- Interdisciplinary Zumberge Research Grant, University of Southern California 2008
- Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award in the Creative Arts, USC
- 2005 Individual Zumberge Research Grant University of Southern California 2005