See New and Selected Sculpture by Gregory Smith at Southern Vermont College
October 5, 2014
Gregory Smith’s exhibit of his new and selected sculpture is viewable now through October 16 at the Burgdorff Gallery and on the grounds of Southern Vermont College (SVC). SVC’s Burgdorff Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 1 to 4 p.m.
A Vermont native from North Pownal, Smith has worked with wood, clay and bronze. His media of choice is welded steel and more recently copper. His sculptures are both whimsical and entirely serious, reserved yet resonant. His use of line creates a sense of solidity while letting the space breathe with his use and application of color which gives an added sense of depth and dimension.
“It is my intention to translate the world I see into sculpture, into some form that I can relate to, that I hope others can relate to and to give form to an idea or feeling,” said Smith. “It may start with a gesture, a landscape, a laugh, a sad event, or a wonderful memory.”
Smith began his sculpture studies with Isaac Witkin and Brower Hatcher at Bennington College. He later studied with Paul Aschenbach at the University of Vermont.
For nearly a decade, Smith shared a welding studio in New York City with sculptors Willard Boepple and James Wolfe. Since 1988, he has lived and worked in Vermont showing his sculpture in New York and throughout New England, including the Bennington Museum in 2005. His work has been exhibited at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York and many times at the annual outdoor exhibit at Chesterwood, the estate of Daniel Chester French in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
He has received numerous awards including the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Award for outdoor sculpture from the Silvermine Guild in New Canaan, Conn., and three awards from the Mohawk-Hudson Regional Exhibition in Albany, N.Y.
‘The Wealth of Fools,’ a large stainless steel sculpture, is currently on display in front of the Southern Vermont Art Center in Manchester, Vt. In 1979, he showed an outdoor exhibit on the front lawn of Southern Vermont College’s Everett Mansion.
According to John R. Stomberg, Ph.D., Florence Finch Abbott Director at Mt. Holyoke College Art Museum in South Hadley, Mass., “His process involves heat and stamina. There is something very primordial about welding—it brings to mind the great elemental physical forces of earth that allow us to change water to steam and stone ore to liquid. His work requires skill, strength, and experience all of which he down plays in the works which appear to be a dance of forms in space. Despite the great energies that are brought to bear on these works, they appear gentle, natural, even light.”
For more information on Smith’s exhibit, contact Southern Vermont College Professor Greg Winterhalter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michelle Deal, Assistant Professor, The Hunter Division of Humanities