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Jo Smail

Jo Smail was born and educated in South Africa: 1978 NHDAD. Johannesburg College of Art, Johannesburg, South Africa; 1975 NDAD. Johannesburg College of Art, Johannesburg, South Africa; 1963 BA. University of Natal, Durban, South Africa.

In South Africa she taught in the Fine Art Department at the University of the Witwatersrand, the Johannesburg College of Art and the Johannesburg Art Foundation. She was represented by the Goodman Gallery.

She left South Africa in 1985 before the change in government. There was no hint of the democratic changes to come. She, accompanied by her husband, a scientist, now working at the National Institutes of Health, but then at the Johns Hopkins University, arrived in the USA and they have been living in Baltimore ever since. In 1996 a fire destroyed all her work. This had a profound effect on her paintings. Then in 2000 she had a stroke, again, her work changed.

She has taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art since 1988, and is currently represented by Goya Girl Contemporary Art Gallery in Baltimore and Washington.

She is represented in private collections internationally, and in public collections including the National Gallery of South Africa, the Johannesburg Art Gallery, the Chase Manhattan Bank, and the Mobil Corporation.

Selected Exhibitions

2005
  • Katzen Art Center Museum, American University Washington DC.
  • Critics' Pics, Maryland Arts Place, Baltimore, MD.
2004
  • Heriard-Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, LA.
  • Goya Girl Contemporary Art, MD.
  • Trawick Prize Finalists, Creative Partners Gallery, Bethesda, MD.
  • Rockville Art Place, Rockville MD.
2002
  • Goya Girl Contemporary Art, MD.
1998
  • Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE.
1990
  • 55 Mercer St. NY, NY.
  • Ombondi Gallery, NY, NY.
1989
  • Ombondi Gallery, NY, NY.
1984
  • National Gallery of Art, Cape Town, SA.
  • Goodman Gallery Johannesburg, SA.
1981
  • Goodman Gallery Johannesburg, SA.

Awards & Recognition

2004
  • Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award.
2003
  • Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
2002
  • Residency at Rochefort-en-Terre, France.
2000
  • Residency at Rochefort-en-Terre, France.
1996
  • The Pollock- Krasner Foundation Grant.
1995
  • Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award.
1991
  • Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award.