Anthony Smith Jr. : Dreadnought

January 20 – March 26, 2018 2018-01-20 09:00:00 2018-03-26 09:00:00 15 Anthony Smith Jr. : Dreadnought Alvin H. Butz Gallery true MM/DD/YYYY
Venue: Alvin H. Butz Gallery


In the spring of 1936 Col. John C Robinson flew Hallie Selassie on one last defensive mission in Ethiopia right before the Italian takeover of the African nation. In 2006 Airman Felisha Rexford trained in Nevada on how to launch hellfire missiles from Predator drone planes to strike enemy targets in Iraq and Afghanistan. These two disparate events and subjects were the inspiration for a body of 8 monumental paintings and drawings by Anthony Smith, Jr., meant to contrast the bravery of a war-hero of the Italian-Abyssinian War, John C Robinson also known as the Brown Condor, with duties performed by contemporary airman, in this series represented by Airman Rexford. Four of these expansive works will be on exhibition at the ArtsQuest Center on the first and second floors through March 26, 2018.

Anthony Smith received a B.A. in Fine Arts from Amherst College (1999) and an M.F.A. in Painting from the University of Michigan (2001). Smith also studied wood-block printmaking in Kyoto, Japan at Kyoto Seika University in 2001. He has recently showed in the “Mid-Atlantic Painting 2016” exhibit at the University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, Virginia in 2016. Notable exhibits include the “Tribute to Michelangelo” show at CrisolArts Gallery in Barcelona, Spain in 2013, the Art Now: Painting 2015 exhibit at the Ann Arbor Art Center in Ann Arbor Michigan, the 2014 “Artist Chain Reaction Competition” at the Andrew Freedman Home in the Bronx, the 2013 Fuse Arts Infrastructure Cigar Factory and Schoen's Building shows in Allentown PA, and the 2010 “Sailing the Barbarous Coast” show (which traveled to the New Art Center in Newton, MA, University Galleries, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA and the Walker Point Art Center, Milwaukee, WI). Also notable was the 2008 “Runaway” show at the University of Texas Pan-American Gallery in McAllen TX for which he received a Puffin Foundation grant. He has been reviewed in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Detroit Free Press, The Ann Arbor News and the Artist’s Magazine. Anthony has taught at such institutions as the University of Michigan, Parsons, Princeton and Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland. Smith served as an artist-in-residence at the National Academy of Design (2006 – 2008), and at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont in 2016. Most recently he has taught at Lehigh University in Bethlehem Pa (2012), and as a visiting artist and adjunct professor at Muhlenberg College in Allentown Pa (2014- 2018). Additionally, Anthony received a Project Stream grant from the Lehigh Valley Arts Council (2016) to complete the Dreadnaught series of paintings. He lives in Allentown Pennsylvania with a studio at the Banana Factory Art Center in Bethlehem, PA.

Venue Information
Alvin H. Butz Gallery
ArtsQuest Center
101 Founders Way
Bethlehem, PA 18015
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