About



Heather Kai Smith is a visual artist  and educator from Calgary, AB, Canada who currently lives and works in Chicago, IL, USA.

She completed her MFA at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design (2017), and her BFA in Drawing from the Alberta College of Art and Design (2009). Her current practice explores the potential embedded within archival images of protest, collectivity and intentional communities activated through drawing, observation and iteration. Rooted in the practice of drawing, her work has lent itself to projects in animation, printmaking and installation.

Smith has attended residencies across the United States and in Germany, while exhibiting her work within a variety of institutional and non-conventional spaces. Smith has participated in and facilitated workshops and collaborative projects across Canada and the United States, most recently teaching undergraduate classes in drawing and visual arts theory at Emily Carr University of Art and Design (Vancouver, Canada). Recent exhibitions include: The Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff), studio e gallery (Seattle), The Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery (Vancouver).

She is also the founder of Great Women Animators: a database which documents the history of women in animation from the 1800s-now.

Smith is currently a Collegiate Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago

To get in touch, please e-mail: heatherkai.smith(at)gmail.com

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