Ceramics artist comes to YSU

See exhibit through Feb. 23 in Solomon Gallery

Artist Malcolm Mobutu Smith will give a workshop and lecture on Monday in conjunction with an exhibition of his work at Youngstown State University.

Malcolm Mobutu Smith is associate professor of ceramic art at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. He earned his master’s degree from the New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1996, and he studied at both the Kansas City Art Institute and Penn State University, receiving his bachelor’s degree in ceramics in 1994.

Smith’s professional activities include workshops, lectures and residencies, including visits to Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts and the Robert McNamara Foundation. His works are represented in numerous private and public collections, including The Luise Ross Gallery, New York City; the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, FuLed International Ceramic Art Museum, Beijing, China; and Indiana State Museum.

Smith is guided by improvisations that merge form with graphic flatness. Smith’s clay work is inspired by intersections of graffiti art, graphic structure and formal relationships via comic books and playful organic abstraction via jazz. His works rely on wheel-thrown and hand-built elements, most commonly presented as abstractions of cups, bottles and vases. His studio interests concern drawing and 3D printing as well.

Smith will lead workshops from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Monday in room 1062 of Bliss Hall. He also will attend a reception at 5 p.m. for his exhibition “Thickness,” which is on display through Feb. 23 in Bliss Hall’s Judith Rae Solomon Gallery.

He will give a lecture at 6 p.m. Monday at the McDonough Museum of Art, 525 Wick Ave., Youngstown.

Admission for all of the events is free. For more information, call 330-941-2307.