From the Garden to the Table

Jeffrey C. Smith: Documentary Photography

Education

Undergraduate
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Photography Major, Interior Design Minor

Graduate
California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California.
Photography Major, Photographic History Minor
M.F.A. Photography

Awards and Scholarships

  • California Arts Council, Artist in Residence Community Arts Program, 3 years Artist in Residence
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Photography, 4 year Scholarship

Teaching Experience

  • Young Artist Studios
  • Youth Photography Workshop
  • Youth Workshop for the Hearing Impaired, Burckhatter School
  • Project Reclaim (children of substance abusers)
  • Photography Instructor for at Risk Youth, ages 8 -21
  • East Oakland Youth Development Center
  • Artist In Residence California Arts Council
  • Community Arts Grant Program
  • Creative Art Therapy Center, Inc., Santa Cruz California Coordinator and Instructor of: Disco Therapy Workshop/Evidence Music International/Young Artist Studios Experimental Art Therapy Workshop for Children
  • San Francisco State University, Art Department Photography Instructor
  • Young Artist Studios Art Instructor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Portfolio Review Board for Undergraduate Admissions School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Lectures/Symposia

  • Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, California
  • Oakland Chamber of Commerce, Art and Cultural Committee
  • Barnes and Noble Lecture Series, Jack London Square, Oakland, California
  • Oakland Museum of California, Oakland California – Songs of My People/African Americans, A Self Portrait
  • University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, Festival of Arts
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, Photography Department
  • Humboldt State University, Arcadia, California, Photography Department
  • College of the Redwoods, Eureka, California, Photography Department

Curatorial Experience

  • Pro Arts Community Arts Organization for Exhibition Artists, Oakland, California – Curator of Gallery Exhibitions
  • The Neary Gallery & Exposure School of Photography, Santa Cruz, California – Curator of Photography and Promotional Advisor
  • Work/Study Curatorial Program, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)

Work Experience

  • Smith and Associates Photographic Art Consultant
  • Expressive Art Therapy for Children, Santa Cruz, California – Photographic Art Consultant

On Assignment:

  • Documentary Project, Khartoum, Sudan, Oxfam America, Sudan Aid, HI USEF (Women’s Action Group), The Society of the Sudanese Red Crescent, Khartoum and Abjei (Special Assignment).

Freelance Photographer for Clients Including:

  • Covington and Associates, Palos Verdes, California
  • Cultural Arts Division, Public Arts Commission, City of Oakland, California
  • Life Force Records – Jazz for Life, San Francisco, California
  • Saturday Scholars, Inner City Youth Tutorial Program, Oakland, California
  • Nite Hoops, Community Program, Oakland, California
  • International Society of Arboriculture
  • Amigos – Hispanic City Employees Organization, Oakland, California
  • Head Start, Oakland, California
  • Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, Inc. (DREDF). Berkeley, CA
  • Banana Republic, California
  • The GAP, California
  • Macy’s California
  • United Way of the Bay Area
  • Jewish Community Center, San Francisco, California
  • ABC Educational TV, New York, New York
  • Newsweek, New York, New York
  • Black Journal, Educational TV, New York, New York
  • WTTW, Educational TV, Chicago, Illinois
  • Scott Foresman and Company, Elmhurst, Illinois (Textbook Publishers)

Exhibitions

  • June Steingart Gallery, Laney College, Oakland, California
  • Solano Community College Fine Art Gallery, Suisun, California
  • Richmond Art Center, Richmond, California
  • Museum of Anthropology, Chico State University, Chico, California
  • Lee & Lee Contemporary Gallery, San Francisco, California
  • Morgan-Monseaux Gallery, Seattle, Washington
  • NYU Tisch School of the Arts, New York, New York
  • Black Gallery, Los Angeles, California
  • Western Addition Cultural Center, San Francisco, California
  • California Museum of Afro-American History and Culture, Los Angeles, California
  • “Sequences” California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois
  • University of Wisconsin at Madison
  • University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
  • University of Illinois, Chicago Circle Campus
  • Festival of the Arts, University of Chicago
  • Publications and Exhibition Catalogs
  • 50 Years of the History of Black American Photography, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, New York, New York
  • The Tradition Continues, The History of Black California Photographers, California
  • Museum of Afro-American History and Culture, Los Angeles, California
  • The Chicago Guide, Featured Artist (8 pages)
  • Scott Foresman & Company, Publishers of Educational Textbooks, “Moving In” and “Moving Out”

Permanent Collections

  • The Smithsonian Institution, Permanent Collection, Washington, DC
  • Oakland Museum of California, History – Documentary Photography, Oakland, California
  • Museum of the Afro-American History and Culture, Los Angeles, California
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • Alton Management Corporation, Corporate Collection, San Francisco, California
  • Numerous Private Collections

Professional Associations

  • California Lawyers for the Arts, Board of Directors
  • Oakland Advisory Committee, California Lawyers for the Arts, Co-Chair
  • ArtHouse (A Project of the California Lawyers for the Arts) Listings for Artists Live/Work Space Northern and Southern California
  • Pro Art Community Arts Organization for Exhibition Artists, Board of Directors, Oakland, California
  • Creative Art Therapy Center, Inc., Vice President, Executive Board, Santa Cruz, California

Special Projects

  • 800ASA.com – Documentary Photography Web Site
  • 800ASA.org – Jeffrey Smith Documentary Photography Fund for Students

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