Bill Smith is an artist, scientist, and inventor whose works, while aesthetically beautiful, function primarily as a study in the design of nature, meant to inspire both appreciation and future investigation. Holding degrees in biology, chemistry, diesel mechanics, and sculpture, his multimedia installations are inspired by microcosmic structures that hold significance for society and its technological progress.
His cross-disciplinary pieces explore the structures of entities at the microscopic level as well as the universal. As Smith’s forms take shape, they reveal a symmetric beauty that challenges us to ponder the fragility of our surroundings and the possibilities they hold for scientific advancement.
Smith’s most recent project involves the use of smart materials and adaptive structures, which have the ability to alter their form or behavior in response to their environment. This new and quickly-emerging frontier has implications for civil, mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Smith’s investigations have led to developments that extend far beyond aesthetics. Smith’s approach to art and the hard sciences as complementary, not contrary, disciplines, reflects in practice his overarching message that the two seemingly disparate fields can inform and enrich one another.
Bill Smith lives and works in Southern Illinois.
Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana
Bachelor of Science, Microbiology and Chemistry, Southern Illinois University
Certificate in Mechanics, Ranken Technical Institute, St. Louis
2015Synthetic BioStructure, P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York, USA
2013Bill Smith: Beyond the Humanities, World Chess Hall of Fame, St. Louis, USA
2008Bill Smith: Loop Web, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, USA
2009Intuitive Visualization of the Unseen, P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York, USA
2007Experiencing and Recognizing Complexity is at the Root of Our Perception of Natural Beauty, P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York, USA
Bill Smith: Beautiful Science, Gallery 210, St. Louis, USA
2006Bill Smith: Supernatural, White Flag Projects, St. Louis, USA
2015Factory Installed, Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, USA
2012Earth WORKS: Ten Artists on Land and Industry, P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York, USA
2011SEVEN Art Fair, Miami, USA
New American Voices II, Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, USA
2009New American Voices, Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, USA
2007PULSE Art Fair, New York, USA
Biennale de Montréal, Montreal, Canada
2015“Synthetic BioStructure: Bill Smith,” NYC Art Scene
2013“In the Galleries—Bill Smith: Beyond the Humanities CLOSES September 15 at World Chess Hall of Fame,” Riverfront Times
“Bill Smith Highlights the Intersection of Art, Chess, and Nature in New Exhibition at World Chess Hall of Fame,” ArtDaily
“Science & Art Lunch with Bill Smith: Beyond the Humanities,” Academy of Science, St. Louis, MO, USA
2012“’Earth WORKS: Ten Artists on Land and Industry’ Exhibition,” NY Art Beat
2008“Bill Smith: Loop Web Closes January 4 at Saint Louis Art Museum,” ArtDaily
“Ars Longa, Vita Brevis,” Columbia Tribune
2006“Bill Smith: Supernatural,” White Flag Projects, St. Louis, MO, USA