Nan Smith

Artist Statement

I combine ceramic figures with digital photo montages to convey social issues through narrative sculpture. The conceptual underpinnings of my work have ranged from human consciousness, to feminine nostalgia, and currently my concerns for environmental impacts to the food we consume.

Spurred by environmental and health concerns my current studio practice combines research from science with art. I have an explicit interest in how environmental impacts to the land and waterways affect human health. Through this art work I hope to contribute to a growing awareness of human health issues and to inspire care for the natural world that sustains us.

-- Nan Smith



Nan Smith is a sculptor and Professor in the Ceramics Program at the University of Florida. Her sculpture has been presented in book chapters in: “The Figure in Clay” and “World Famous Ceramic Artists’ Studios”; in feature articles in Sculpture, Ceramics: Art and Perception, CFile Weekly, Ceramics Monthly, World Sculpture News, and China Ceramic Artist magazines. She has received four State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship Awards, a Southern Arts Federation/NEA Fellowship and a University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship. Her work is included in collections of The American Express Corporation, The Lamar Dodd Art Center, The Givat Haviva Art Center in Israel, and the World Ceramics Exposition Korea International Collection, Ichon, Korea. Nan Smith served as the juror for Lark Books second edition of 500 Figures.