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 Shirlann Smith  (1931 - )

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Lived/Active: New York/Kansas      Known for: abstract expression

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Shirley April Ann “Shirlann” Smith was born on April 28, 1931 in Wichita, Kansas.  Grew up in Whitewater, Kansas.  Earned a BFA from Kansas State Univ. in 1951 majoring in radio.  Lived in Kansas City in the early 1950s working for KCMO radio, doing some modeling, and industrial films.  Moved to New York in 1953 where she continued her modeling career and took acting lessons and eventually acted on Broadway and on television. Smith studied art at the Provincetown Workshop Art School and the Art Students League.  By 1970, she began painting full time.  She began returning to Kansas in 1982 for a month or two each summer painting the Kansas landscape often populated by pigs, turkeys, chickens, cows, and her favorite goat.

Exhibitions: Virginia Museum, 1970; Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, 1970; Whitney Museum of American Art, 1971; Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, 1972; Wichita Art Museum, 1978; American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letter, 1992; Beach Museum, 1999.

Award: American Institute Award, 1992.

Collections: Whitney Museum of American Art; Univ. of California, Berkeley Art Museum; Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art; Phoenix Art Museum; Ulrich Museum; Everson Museum; Beach Museum; Emprise Bank Collection.
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Who’s Who in American Art. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1936-1976; AskART,, accessed Jan. 23, 2008;, accessed Jan. 23,
2008; Wichita Art Museum’s Library Artists’ Files; Wichita Morning Eagle (Mar. 8, 1953); Augusta Gazette (Mar. 1, 1954).
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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