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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Painting: 21st century: Big Race

Clarice Smith

(born Washington, DC 1933)

"I paint the world I live in, the things I know. I'm not making political statements." The artist, quoted in foreword, "Clarice Smith: Patterns in people, places and things," Richard Green at Three London Galleries, exhibition catalogue, 2002

Clarice Smith studied at the University of Maryland and the George Washington University, where she also taught watercolor and portrait painting. She creates paintings based on everyday objects and scenes, from still lifes of flowers to dramatic snapshots of horses in motion, and wants each image to reflect a certain mood or "ambience" rather than tell a story. The artist and her husband, Robert H. Smith, support artistic ventures across the country, including the Performing Arts Center at Maryland and the Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.