Yvette Kaiser Smith’s Newest Exhibition Comes to SXU

Shadia Judeh

October 25th, 2017

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A new solo exhibition will be featured at Saint Xavier University’s (SXU) Art Gallery titled, “Variable Expressions of a Constant” by Chicago artist Yvette Kaiser Smith.

The exhibit will run from Wednesday, November 1, 2017, through Tuesday, November 28, 2017.

Kaiser Smith will be at the gallery on Wednesday, November 1 at 3:30 p.m. to present her work. A reception will be held afterwards.

The SXU Art Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, however, the gallery is closed for Thanksgiving break, November 22-26.

According to her artist bio located on her website http://yvettekaisersmith.com/home.html, “Majority of my past works are wall-based, geometric, crocheted fiberglass constructions. I create my own cloth by crocheting continuous strands of fiberglass into flat geometric shapes which are formed and hardened with polyester resin and use of gravity.”

Kaiser Smith feels that mathematics plays an important part in our world, stating, “Math is the underlying principle in all of life. Math is inseparable from nature, from us.”

Kaiser Smith has an impressive educational background.  In 1990, she obtained a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in sculptor and photography from Southern Methodist University where she studied with James Sullivan and Julie Shapiro.

In 1994, she received a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from the University of Chicago.

She has had numerous Solo exhibitions and public commissions throughout the years.

SXU’s Visual Arts pages stated, “Yvette Kaiser Smith is an artist of international repute, with an exhibition record including venues in Germany, China, Italy, England, and across the U.S.

She has done numerous public commissions and is represented in collections such as Eastman Chemical Company, the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, and the Elmhurst Art Museum.”

Since 1994, Kaiser has been working at her own studio, Yvette Kaiser Smith Studio.

“A full-time artist since 1994, I’ve exhibited extensively at regional museums, art centers, and university galleries throughout the United States. Exhibitions abroad include: U.S. Embassies in Moscow, Ankara, and Abuja; alternative galleries in London, Rome, Berlin, and Jena Germany; and the 2010 Berliner Liste art fair. In 2005, I began working with art consulting firms, galleries, and individual clients to create site-specific, private and public commissions,” stated Kaiser Smith in her online artist bio.

She was a part of a group exhibition that ran from July 10, 2015 through October 5, 2015.

The exhibition was entitled “Origins in Geometry,” a biennial exhibition at Museum of Geometric and MADI Art, Dallas, TX.

Her more recent work includes group show in Beijing, China. “The Silk Road and World’s Civilizations” – 7th Beijing International Art Biennale.

The show ran from September 24 – October 15, 2017 at the National Art Museum of China, organized by Beijing Biennale Office of China Artists Association. This work was accepted for the exhibition and for the permanent collection.

In the upcoming year, Kaiser Smith will be featured in a group exhibition entitled, “The Shape of Air,” a Chicago Sculpture International exhibition. 

The exhibition will be available for viewing on January 12, 2018 through February 16, 2018 at the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria. She will be showing older fiberglass work.

For more information on Kaiser Smith or her upcoming events visit her website: http://yvettekaisersmith.com/home.html.

Shadia Judeh

News Reporter

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