Heather Kai Smith is a Canadian visual artist and educator currently living between Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, BC and Chicago, IL. She completed her BFA in drawing from the Alberta College of Art and Design (2009) and her MFA at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design (2017). 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 as a Harper-Schmidt Fellow of the Humanities. 

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

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