The creations of doll maker Connie Smith will be on display at the Volunteer State Community College Art Gallery through November 2. Smith’s work has found its way into high-profile collections, including those of Nashville music producers Mike and Linda Curb, as well as actress Whoopi Goldberg, and Disney animators Eric and Susan Goldberg.
“Connie adapted the practice of hand-building hollow forms from high-fire clays, acquired a kiln and began reinventing the figures of her early childhood,” her biography said. “From 1991 to 2005, she honed her oeuvre in her family’s art studio, The Lamb’s Ear, attending local art festivals and enjoying a cadre of collectors who hosted salons of her work in their Nashville homes and commissioned custom pieces. By the mid-1990’s Connie’s work began to appear in trade magazines, and she’d discovered the National Institute of American Doll Artists. Her first ten years in the organization saw the more mature development of her signature anthropomorphic style, which found its way into collections across the country.”
Smith is an alumnus of Vol State. She has just recently moved back to Gallatin after living in New York City. The Connie Smith exhibit is free and open to the public. There will be an artist reception on Saturday, October 28 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Vol State Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black (SRB) Humanities Building on the Gallatin campus at 1480 Nashville Pike. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information call 615.230.3202.
Pictured: Alsacia diptych by Connie Smith
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