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 Ray O. Smith  (1920 - 1999)

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Lived/Active: Kansas      Known for: Grassroots artist

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Ray O. Smith was born on August 11, 1920 in Vine Creek, Kansas.  A pioneer buffalo breeder in Kansas having established a herd in 1962.  Smith lived near Longford (Ottawa County) where in the mid-1970s he used steel, stone, and concrete to create a 50-ton, 15' high and 23' long buffalo called "Concretealo" overlooking his ranch.  He also created a concrete map of the United States integrating a rock from each state into the design. He died near Longford, Kansas on December 19, 1999.
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Grassroots Art Center;, accessed May 17, 2009; Topeka Capital-Journal (Dec. 21, 1999).
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

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