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Lived/Active: Utah      Known for: kinetic sculpture-assemblage

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Andrew Smith (b. 1978)

Smith makes his living sculpting figures from scrap metal and machine parts. Some make noise, pump water, or chime the hour.  One has a tornado inside it, created with a fan and a fountain mister.  Most contain motors or serve practical functions like holding up lights, aquariums, or weather vanes.  Each of them is one of a kind.  And each begins with the arbitrary welding together of a few scraps or bolts.

He did not intend to become an artist, even though his father, Dennis Smith, is a successful sculptor.  The one high school class that captivated the future kinetic sculptor was physics; following graduation, he took a few art classes in college and dabbled in film, but the turning point came in the year 2000 when he began experimenting with pieces of found materials in his father's studio.  The following year, Smith submitted a rolling-ball piece entitled Bearing See in the Springville Museum of Art’s Spring Salon.  Bearing See used 1-inch ball bearings that, once taken to the top, followed seven different routes to the bottom.  It resembled a steamer ship topped with three large acrylic “smokestacks” filled with colored water and rising bubbles.  It was powered by three gear motors and an air compressor for the water effects.  Bearing See went on to win the museum’s director’s award.

Smith has largely taught himself the necessary skills of his trade: metal work, welding, engineering, elementary plumbing, and basic electrical wiring.

2001 Spring Salon exhibit at the Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT The Bearing See
2001 Self-titled show Chroma Gallery, Salt Lake City
2002 Spring Salon exhibit at the Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT Gone Fishin
2002 “Between Apathy and Empathy” Artspace Forum Gallery, Salt Lake City
2002 “Size Matters” Chroma Gallery, Salt Lake City
2003 “35 X 35” Artspace Forum Gallery, Salt Lake City
2003 “Poetic Kinetics” Brigham Young University Museum of Art, Provo, UT
2004 “Poetic Kinetics” North American Museum of Ancient Life, located at Thanksgiving Point, UT
2005 Spring Salon exhibit at the Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT Times Up!
2006 Spring Salon exhibit at the Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT Light Load
2006 “Untitled” Rio Gallery, Salt Lake City
2006 "Andrew Smith: Kinetic Sculptures” Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT
2007 National Inventors Hall of Fame “Art of Invention, Invention of Art” United States Patent and Trademark Office Museum, Alexandria, VA
2008 “Worxs of Fascination and Fancy…”  Dolan Center Art Gallery, Friends Academy, Locust Vallery, NY                                                 
2008 Spring Salon exhibit at the Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT Water Source, Fragments of Light

Directors Award, 3-D The Bearing See; 2001 Spring Salon at The Springville Museum of Art
2nd Place Water Weld; 2002 International Kinetic Art Competition, Kinetic Art
2nd Place Orbital; 2003 International Kinetic Art Competition, Kinetic Art
Best of State “Sculpture”; 2003 Utah Best of State Awards
Directors Award, 3-D Moon Pool; 2004 Spring Salon at the Springville Museum of Art

Public Art:
Evening of the 5th Day - Provo Town Square, Provo, Utah
Flag Man - Provo Town Square, Provo, Utah
Hanging Bubble Tubes - Commissioned Work, Discovery Gateway (Childrens Museum of Utah), Salt Lake City
Light Load - Salt Lake County Art Collection
Moon Pool - Commissioned Work, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah
Tight Rope Rider - Commissioned Work, Discovery Gateway (Childrens Museum of Utah), Salt Lake City
Cosmos - Commissioned Work, Summit High School, Orem, Utah                                              Rising Above It All - Commissioned Work, The Heights at Quarry Bend, Sandy, Utah

Articles & Reviews:
June 20th 2001 “Metal Man” New Utah, Lone Peak Edition
June 2001 “Sculptor finds love of art in dad’s studio” The Daily Herald
June 2001 The Voice
Sept. 2001 “Welding in the genes” Artists of Utah online Ezine, 15 Bytes
Oct. 5th 2001 Media story, KUTV Channel 2 News
Oct. 15th 2001 “Gizmos give wing to imagination“ The Deseret News
June 4th 2003 “Trash is treasure for father and son” The Daily Universe
June 5th 2003 “Some Assembly required” The Daily Herald
June 29th 2003 Poetic Kinetics" Deseret Morning News
May 18th 2004 “Poetry in Motion” The Daily Universe
October 27th 2004 “Art Exhibit full of Junk” The Daily Universe
September 2005 “21 Under 31” Southwest Art Magazine
April. 2006 Radio Spot Fred Ball: Speaking on Business KSL News Radio
Aug. 26, 2006 Kinetic art will move the Kimball" The Park Record
Sept. 2006 Media Story "Kinetic Art by Andrew Smith" Park City Television
Sept. 2006 Media Story, KSL Channel 5 News


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