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Ryan Smith, 2009

Ryan Smith '08 has, since 2001, been creating a body of work in a variety of media that focuses on the contrasting sides of human emotion and how to cope with the extremes of our natural instincts. His art is meant to stir up unused or even unwanted feelings, arouse curiosity, and invigorate the viewer. Encompassing all sides of life's colorful spectrum, he often utilizes vibrant colors and playful imagery juxtaposed with dark, unsettling content. This dichotomy is not meant to frighten or confuse the audience; instead it should lessen the discomfort associated with the unfamiliar.

Originally from Baltimore, Smith received his undergraduate degree in graphic design from Towson University, and an MA in digital arts from MICA.