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Edgar Smith, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Painting, Drawing, Art History

e-mail: edgar1.smith@umontana.edu
phone: 406.243.4666
office: Fine Arts Bldg 303A
website: edgarsmithart.com

Bio

I hold a MFA in sculpture from Ohio University and an MA in art history from the University of Montana.

Artist Statement

My current work is intentionally broad-based in an attempt to free myself of media and process constraints. I am interested in many of the same themes that have dominated much of my painting; topics about western culture and landscape. My most recent project involves a direct response to areas where individuals demonstrate a disregard for the landscape. Many of these sites are so-called recreation areas. These are places where "fun" happens, but at a cost. The work asks the viewer to consider the seductive aspect of these destructive activities, as well the apparent moral high ground of environmental responsibility.