Columbus College of Art & Design, 1987-1989, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, 1990-1992. Spent 1993 in 2 Soto Zen temples in Japan and a ceramic/sculptural apprenticeship with Kakuho Saito-san in Fukui Prefecture. Moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 1995, after a coast to coast road trip through the US.

Exhibitions and projects

Wild Pulp
2010   Launched a fine art stationery line featuring charcoal drawings, the Bark Animal collection and the nest building series. Wild Pulp was stocked in shops and natural history museums throughout the U.S. and Canada. All cards were printed on 100% post-consumer waste paper which utilized wind energy for production, and prints were made in house with archival pigment ink on cotton rag papers.

Solo Exhibitions
2012   By Wing and By Hoof - Charcoal drawings of Christopher Owen Smith, Malvina J. Freedson Gallery, Lakewood, Ohio.
2011   Fauna. Charcoal Drawings of Christopher Owen Smith, The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, Shaker Heights, Ohio.
1999-2009   Independent studio exhibits.

Two-Person Exhibitions
2015   Paper, Ink and Clay, FAVA (The Firelands Association for the Visual Arts), Oberlin, Ohio.
1996   Drawing, Painting and Installation, Cabaret Dada, Cleveland, Ohio.
1996   One Evening 03.31.96 - Exhibit and Classical Performance, Dobama Theater, Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
1995   New Works, Conneaut Community Center, Conneaut, Ohio.
1989   Prudential, Short North Office, Columbus, Ohio.
1988   Amelia A. Salerno, Short North, Columbus, Ohio.
1988   Avante Garde, Short North, Columbus, Ohio.

Group Exhibitions
2016   Things That Fly, Heights Arts Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio.
2015   14th Annual Holiday Show, Heights Arts Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio.
2015   On The Wing, Guren Art Gallery at the Cleveland Botanical Garden.
2014   13th Annual Holiday Show, Heights Arts Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio.
2010   Guild of Nature Artists, The West Woods Nature Center, Russell, Ohio.
1998   City Artists At Work, Artists of the Quadrangle & Midtown Corridor, Heller Building, Cleveland, Ohio.
1997   Investigations and Definitions, Crane Studio, Cleveland, Ohio.
1996   4 x 4 x 11: 4 Legs Show, Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio.
1993   Arts In Chinatown, 1100 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.