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Ronald SmithRonald W. Smith, sculptor & woodworker, Bethlehem

Ron Smith is a self-employed woodworker, exhibiting craftsman, visiting artist, timber framer, architectural rehabilitator and restorer, boat builder, and teacher. Since he created fabric constructions for the U. S. Navy's Parachute Rigger School in 1968, he has searched out opportunities near and far, studying and working with some of the best craftsmen in the country (glass craftsman, Dale Chihuly in Seattle, and Dan Dailey at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston), and Italo Scanga (at U.C. San Diego, Lajolla, California). He studied furniture design at the Rhode Island School of Design, and Metal Casting at Boston University's Program in Artisanry. His educational journey even included a year at Franconia College where he studied Blacksmithing and Toolmaking. Since 1994, his goal is writing a Master of Fine Arts thesis for an MFA in Artisanry from the University of Massachusetts that will prepare him to teach at the college level as a sculptor or an artisan.

ron smith sculptureHe has created a prolific body of work that has been exhibited in more than 36 group and solo exhibitions since 1982 to the present--from the Society of Arts and Crafts (Boston), San Diego Home/Garden Magazine competition where he won "Third Place," to the Rhode Island School of Design's Museum of Art, from the Smithsonian's Renwick Museum in Washington, DC, to Vermont's Northeast Kingdom at Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vermont.

One of his specialties is making "whirligigs," that have become a trademark course when he teaches at the prestigious Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine, or the Peter's Valley Craft Education Center in Layton, New Jersey.

The State Arts Council's Fellowship will allow him to take the time to complete his thesis--his final degree requirement. The Fellowship will provide the resources that will help him upgrade his studio, equipment and increase his technical and organizational capabilities. He is honored to receive the award.

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Last updated: January 4, 2005

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