Bio

Studied at the Columbus College of Art & Design, 1987-1989, and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, 1990-1992. In 1993, spent 6 months 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. Wild Pulp received industry accolades from The National Stationery Show, and was featured by Crate and Barrel.

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
2017   16th Annual Holiday Show, Heights Arts Gallery, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
2016   Things That Fly, Heights Arts Gallery, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
2016   15th Annual Holiday Show, Heights Arts Gallery, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
2015   14th Annual Holiday Show, Heights Arts Gallery, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
2015   On The Wing, Guren Art Gallery at the Cleveland Botanical Garden
2014   13th Annual Holiday Show, Heights Arts Gallery, Cleveland Heights, 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   4x4x11: 4 Legs Show, Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio