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Smote was born in Kent, Ohio in 1989. They received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking, a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication Design, and a minor in Photo-Illustration from Kent State University in 2015. Over the summer of 2015 Smote was awarded a two week residency at Zygote press and stayed on after to help the shop as an intern and as a private tutor. Additionally, they were invited to and participated in the 2015 Boston Mills ArtFest. In 2015 they moved to New York and began attending Syracuse University where they worked on the creation of the 2016 Salt City Dozen juried portfolio and accompanying website, printed under Art Werger and Koichi Yamamoto with Lake Effect Editions, worked as a monitor in the print studio and fabrication lab, and assisted with teaching multiple printmaking courses.
Smote’s work has been shown in a number of galleries and exhibitions including Baton Rouge Gallery, Summit Artspace Gallery, the GAR Foundation, ASM International, and at Zygote Press. Their work has been published in The Hand Magazine, the artist collective, Ghostbook, and the charity artbook, COLORS Project and has been purchased by both private collectors and public institutions.
They are currently pursuing their Masters of Library and Information Science at Syracuse University while continuing to make art and work as a freelance artist and designer. They now live in North Carolina and teach Handmade Paper Workshops with the North Carolina State University Crafts Center.