PAULA SMITH

Paula Smith was born in Kansas City, Missouri.  She attended the Kansas City Art Institute and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1982. She attended University of Illinois and received her MFA in 1986. She and her husband, Jim Connell, moved to Rock Hill, SC, in 1987. They have a daughter, Emily Connell. Both Jim and Emily are also ceramic artists.

She taught at Winthrop University for 13 years and in that time owned and operated the Oakland Art Supply store for 9 years. She went on to teach full time at Gaston College for 9 years and now resides as the head of the ceramics department at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC. Paula exhibits nationally and her work is on view full time at the Lark and Key Gallery, in Charlotte.

 Paula just finished a large public art commission from the Arts and Science Council of North Carolina. She was an 18 month affiliate artist at McColl Center for Visual Art, in Charlotte, NC; has receivednumerous Artist Grants from both North and South Carolina Arts Councils including a South Carolina Fellowship Grant and was a resident  artist for a month in China at the Potters Workshop in Shanghai and at San Boa, in Jingdezhen. She loves to travel, bake, garden, and give fun parties.

 
 

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Educatio

                1986             Master of Fine Arts – Ceramics
University of Illinois, Champaign – Urbana, Illinois  

 

                          1982             Bachelor of Fine Arts – Ceramics

                                                Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

 

          Teaching and Professional Experience

 

         

          2009-current      Full-time Art Instructor; Ceramics, Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC

 

                           2016            Taught a 3 day workshop on mosaics at The Bascom, A Center for the Visual Arts, Highlands,              

                                            NC

 

                           2014            Taught a 3 day workshop on surface design for ceramics at The Bascom, A Center for the  

                                            Visual Arts, Highlands, NC

 

                           2013            Taught a 2 week workshop on ceramics at LaMeridiana International School of Ceramics

                                                in Tuscany, Italy  

 

                2000-2009            Full-time Art Instructor; Ceramics, Sculpture, Design II, and Art Appreciation, Gaston                                                      College, Dallas, NC     

 

                1988-2000            Adjunct Professor; Ceramics, 3-D Design, 3-D Design Problem Solving, Winthrop                                                                               University, Rock Hill, SC

 

                1988-1997            Business Owner and Manager, Oakland Art Supply, Rock Hill, SC

 

      Professional Grants, Honors, Awards, Residencies, Commissions

 

                    2016             COMMISSION - PUBLIC ART PIECE FOR THE NEIGHBORHOODS IN CREATIVE PARTNERSHIP                                           TOTAL AWARD $23,600.00 ARTS AND SCIENCE COUNCIL OF CHARLOTTE-MECKLENBURG, NC 

                 

                    2014            COMMISSION - 2 Ceramic Chargers, Kathy Solol, Kansas City, MO

 

                           2013          Commission - 25 vase forms awarded as gifts to the Central Piedmont Community                                                               College Board of Trustees, Charlotte, NC 

                                   

                        2012               Faculty Grant -  Awarded $1500.00 Travel Grant, National Council for the Education of                                                  Ceramic Arts Conference, Seattle, WA 

                          2009             Best of Show – I Am Woman Juried Exhibition, Kings Mountain Art Center,                                                                         Kings Mountain, NC  

 

                          2008             Commission – Spirit Tree, Hospice and Community Care, Rock Hill, SC 

 

                                                Best of Show – I Am Woman Juried Exhibition, Kings Mountain Art Center,                                                                         Kings Mountain, NC  

 

                                                Second Place – Gateways to the South Juried Exhibition, Kings Mountain Art Center,                                                     Kings Mountain, NC 

 

Third Place – 19th Annual Juried Exhibition, Dalton GALLERY - Center for the Arts; Arts   Council of York       County, Rock Hill, SC

 

                          2007             Regional Artist Grant – Awarded $2,500 for kiln + equipment, Arts and Science                                                                   Council of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC 

 

                                                Visual Artist Small Grant – Awarded $500 to fund kiln shed building, Arts Council of                                                       York County, Rock Hill, SC   

 

Best of Show – 18th Annual Juried Exhibition, Dalton Gallery - CENTER for the Arts; Arts Council of York       County, Rock Hill, SC

 

                                                Merit Award – 32nd Annual Juried Exhibition, Anderson Arts Center, Anderson, SC

 

                          2006             Commission – 4 sculptural vessels honoring the 20th Anniversary, Carolinas Medical                                                        Center Heart Transplant Program, Charlotte, NC 

 

                2004-2006            Affiliate Residency – McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC   

 

                          2004             Ceramic Artist Residency – One month residency at two ceramic centers including                                                           related travel, The Pottery Workshop, Shanghai and Jingdezhen, China

 

2003-2004            South Carolina Artist Fellowship – Awarded $5,000 to fund the building of a studio,                                            South Carolina Arts Commission, Columbia, SC  

 

                          2003             Research Travel Grant – Funded travel in Spain, Arts Council of York County, Rock Hill, SC    

 

                                                Second Place – 28th Annual Juried Exhibition, Anderson Arts Center, Anderson, SC

 

                          2002             First Place – Harvest of the Arts Jubilee Juried Exhibition, Dalton Gallery - Center for the Arts; Arts Council of York County, Rock Hill, SC

                                               

                                                Patrons Award – I Am Woman, Art 1 Gallery, Gastonia, NC

 

                          1998             Research Travel Grant – Funded travel in New Mexico, Arts Council of York County,                                                       Rock Hill, SC    

 

                          1994             Commission Award – The White House Christmas Tree Ornaments Competition; design                                                                 collaboration with Winthrop University Art & Design Students, Washington, DC   

 

                          1990             First Place – Come See Me Juried Exhibition, Museum of York County, Rock Hill, SC

                                               

                          1986             Critic's Choice (Donald Kuspit) – MFA Thesis Exhibition, Krannert Art Museum-University                                                            of Illinois, Champaign, IL

                                               

Award of Excellence – Teaching by a Graduate Assistant, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL

 

Award of Excellence – The Clay Cup National, Southern Illinois University,

Carbondale, IL

 

                          1984             Award in Sculpture – Illinois State Fair, Springfield, IL

                                               

                          1978             KCAI Scholarship Award – Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

 

Selected Exhibitions

 

                 2013             Wit and Whimsy, Lark and Key Gallery, Charlotte, NC

 

                                                                Dining An Artful Experience VI, Juried Exhibition, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, TX

 

 

                          2012             Traveling Soles Exhibition, Jeane Rauch Gallery, Gaston College, Dallas, NC

 

                                                Table Manners, Lark and Key Gallery, Charlotte, NC

 

                                                Death and Rebirth, St. Louis, MO

                         

                                                Inaugural Exhibition, Arts on Main, Gastonia, NC

                         

                                                CPCC Faculty Exhibition, Pease Gallery, Charlotte, NC

 

                                                High 5, The Galleries, Cabarrus Arts Council, Concord, NC

 

                                                An Evening of Earth and Fire, Hodges Taylor Gallery, Charlotte, NC

 

                                                Collections, Rock Hill Arts Council, Rock Hill, SC

 

                                                Southern Artists, Red Bird Gallery, Columbia, SC

                         

                         

                         

                          2011             Public Art Exhibition , Honey Horn Plantation, Hilton Head Island, SC

 

                                                ARPA Raw, Exhibition, Gallery Up, Rock Hill, SC

 

                                                "Potters for Peace", Exhibition, NCECA, Tampa, FL

 

                                                Faculty Exhibition, Pease Gallery CPCC, Charlotte, NC

 

                                                Making Arrangements, The Galleries, Cabarrus Arts Council, Concord, NC

 

                                                Art Frenzy, Arts Council of York County, Rock Hill, SC

 

                          2010             Sensoria, A Celebration of the Arts, Central Piedmont Community College,                                                                            Charlotte, NC   

 

                                                30 Small Works Juried Exhibition, Gallery Up, Rock Hill, SC 

 

                                                35th Annual Juried Exhibition, Anderson Arts Center, Anderson, SC

 

                                                Embodied, Lark and Key Gallery, Charlotte, NC

 

                                                Holiday Exhibition, Red Star Gallery, Kansas City, MO

 

                                                The {Up} State of Clay in South Carolina, Pickens County Museum, Pickens, SC

 

                                                ARPA 10, The Adam Ramesy Miller Gallery, Concord, NC

 

                                                Gallery Artists, Watson-MacRae Gallery, Sanibel, FL

 

                          2009             Sweet Sixteen, Francis Marion University Gallery, Florence, SC

 

                                                Domesticity, Elizabeth Ross Gallery; Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC

 

                                                I Am Woman Juried Exhibition, Kings Mountain Art Center, Kings Mountain, NC

                                      

                                                30 Small Works Juried Exhibition, Gallery Up, Rock Hill, SC

 

                                                Paula Smith, featured functional artist, Lark and Key Gallery, Charlotte, NC

 

                                                Animal Within, Sellars Gallery; Brenau University, Gainesville, GA

 

                                                Abundance/ Abundance Lost: ARPA, Waterworks Arts Center, Salisbury, NC

 

                                                Winter Show, Greenhill Center for North Carolina Art, Greensboro, NC

 

                                                Faculty Exhibition, Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC

 

                                                20th Annual Juried Exhibition, Dalton Gallery Center for the Arts; Arts Council of York                                                                 County, Rock Hill, SC

 

                                                South East: Ceramics Invitational Exhibition, McMaster Gallery; University of South                                                      Carolina, Columbia, SC

 

                          2008             South Eastern Juried Exhibition 2008, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL

 

                                                The Civitas Gala Event, City Club, Rock Hill, SC

 

                                                The Work of ARPA:  Inside/ Outside, Jeanne Rauch Art Gallery, Gaston College, Dallas, NC

 

                                                ARPA 10: Just Works, Rowe Main Gallery, University of North Carolina at Charlotte,                                                    Charlotte, NC

 

                                                2nd Annual Juried Exhibition; Red, Gaston County Museum, Dallas, NC

 

                                                ARPA 10, Dalton Gallery; Center for the Arts, Rock Hill, SC

 

                                                17th Annual San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo, TX

 

                                                South Carolina State Museum 20th Anniversary Juried Exhibition, Columbia, SC

 

                                                16th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National Juried Traveling Exhibition, Market                                                          House Craft Center, Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, East Petersburg, PA; Kevin                                                                                             Leaman’s Pottery, Lancaster, PA; Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

 

                                                I Am Woman Juried Exhibition, Kings Mountain Art Center, Kings Mountain, NC

 

                                                30 Small Works Juried Exhibition, Gallery Up, Rock Hill, SC

 

19th Annual Juried Exhibition, Dalton Gallery Center for the Arts; Arts Council of York County, Rock Hill, SC

 

Gateways to the South Juried Exhibition, Kings Mountain Art Center, Kings Mountain, NC

 

Art Frenzy, Dalton Gallery Center for the Arts, Rock Hill, SC 

 

                          2007             Group ’07, Artspace [Upstairs], Tryon, NC

NCECA 2007 Clay National Biennial Exhibition, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY

 

ARPA 10: Just Works, Traveling Group Exhibition, Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, Watkinsville, GA

 

Fourth Biennial Hub City Juried Art Exhibition, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC

 

32nd Annual Juried Exhibition, Anderson Arts Center, Anderson, SC

 

50th Annual National Juried Art Exhibition, Rocky Mount Art Center, Rocky Mount, NC

 

18th Annual Juried Exhibition, Dalton Gallery - Center for the Arts, Rock Hill, SC

 

                          2006             Featured Artist (June), Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

                                                Girl Stories, Dalton Gallery - Center for the Arts, Rock Hill, SC

 

North Carolina Community College Art Exhibition, Caswell Building, Raleigh, NC

 

Ashes to Art, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC

 

                          2005             Professors and their Students, Stretch Gallery, Charlotte, NC

 

                                                Family Matters, Baltimore Clay Works, Baltimore, MD

 

                                                Affiliate Exhibition, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC

 

                                                Winter Exhibition, Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, Greensboro, NC

 

                                                North Carolina Community College Art Exhibition, Caswell Building, Raleigh, NC

 

                                                30/30, Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

                                                Ashes to Art, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC

 

                          2004             Influences, Gallery 5, Rock Hill, SC

 

                                                7th Street Windows, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC

 

                                                Affiliate Exhibition, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC

 

                                                North Carolina Community College Art Exhibition, Caswell Building, Raleigh, NC

 

                                                Faculty Exhibition, Gaston College, Dallas, NC

 

                                                Solo Exhibition, Cleveland County Arts Council, Shelby, NC

                                               

                          2003             Clay Cup IX National Juried Exhibition, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

 

                                                True Copy 3, National Small Sculpture Exhibition, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

 

28th Annual Juried Exhibition, Anderson Arts Center, Anderson, SC

 

                                                North Carolina Community College Art Exhibition, Caswell Building, Raleigh, NC

                                               

                          2002             Alabama Clay Conference 17 Invitational Exhibition, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL

 

                                                LaGrange National XXII Exhibition, Lamar Dodd Art Center, LaGrange, GA

 

                                                What’s New 2, Spirit Square Knight Gallery, Charlotte, NC

 

                                                Gaston College Art Instructors, Art 1 Gallery, Gastonia, NC

 

                                                North Carolina Community College Art Exhibition, Caswell Building, Raleigh, NC

 

                                                I Am Woman Juried Exhibition, Art 1 Gallery, Gastonia, NC

                                               

                          2001             Hand Held Cup Exhibition, The Odyssey Gallery, Asheville, NC

 

                                                Discovery of the Center, Francis Marion University, Florence, SC

 

The Robert & Mary Montgomery Figurative Works National Competition, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL

 

25 Select 25, Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

Ceramics by Southeastern Artists, Hodges Taylor Gallery, Charlotte, NC

 

Carillon NCECA Installations, Carillon Gallery, Charlotte, NC

 

South Carolina Clay Juried/Invitational Ceramic Exhibition, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC

 

Menagerie: A Collection in Clay, Gaston College, Dallas, NC

 

                                                North Carolina Community College Art Exhibition, Caswell Building, Raleigh, NC               

                                               

                          2000             Queen of Cups: An Installation, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC

 

                                                Difference in Dirt, Museum of York County, Rock Hill, SC

 

                                                The Spaces Within, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

 

                                                South Carolina Clay, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

 

                                                Border Biennial, Museum of York County, Rock Hill, SC

 

                                                Gaston College: Past and Present, Gaston College, Dallas, NC

 

                          1999             By Example: Winthrop University Art and Design Faculty, Dalton Gallery - Center for the Arts, Rock Hill, SC

 

                          1998             10 Year Retrospective: Small Grant Recipients Exhibitions, Dalton Gallery - Center for the Arts, Rock Hill, SC

 

                                                Spinning Tales, Narrative Sculpture, Odyssey Gallery, Asheville, NC

 

1998-1988            Art and Design Faculty Exhibition, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC

 

                                Voices, Gallery 701, Columbia, SC

 

                                                Border Biennial, Museum of York County, Rock Hill, SC

 

                          1997             Southeastern Fine Crafts Biennial II, Florida Gulf Coast Art Center, Bellair, FL

 

                                                Contemporary Southern Figurative Ceramics, Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC

 

                                                Two Person Show, Rotunda Gallery, Rock Hill, SC

 

                          1996             Monarch National Ceramic Competition, Kennedy-Douglas Center for the Arts, Florence, AL

 

                                                Couples in Clay, Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, IL                  

                         

Publications, Television Broadcasts

 

                 2013             "Jewel of the Tile", Charlotte Observer, April 28, 2013

 

                          2010             “Embodied”, Charlotte Observer, CLT August 13, 2010, Charlotte, NC

                         

                          2008             “500 Platters, Plates, and Chargers”, Lark Books, Asheville, NC

 

                                                “Clay Times Magazine”, May/June 2008, Vol. 14, #3

                         

                          2007             “Mold Making and Slip Casting”, Lark Books, Asheville, NC

 

                                                “Follow Your Dreams: Tree of Life”, by Laura Rinaldi Dufresne, Ceramics Technical, May-                                                               October, International Issue #24

                         

                          2005             “Sanctuary of Creativity”, Charlotte, The City Magazine, December Issue

 

                                                “Arts ala Mode, PBS Special on McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC

 

                          2003             “Queen of Cups: an Installation”, Ceramics: Art and Perception, International Issue #50

                         

          2001             “South Carolina Clay”, Ceramics Monthly, February 2001

 

          2001             “Spinning Tales, Contemporary Narrative Ceramics”, Ceramics: Art and Perception, International Issue #40

 

          1998             “The Best of New Ceramics”, Hand Books Inc., Madison, WI

 

                                “Mill Town Center Looks for Life in Art”, The State, Columbia, SC

 

                                “Twenty Years After the Dinner Party: Voices and Art of Women”, Columbia Free Times, Columbia, SC

         

          1997             “Southeastern Figurative Ceramics”, Carolina Arts, November Issue

                               

Visiting Artist Workshops and Lecture Presentations

 

                          2010             I Am Woman Juried Exhibition; Juror, Kings Mountain Art Center, Kings Mountain, NC

                                                Week Workshop; Instructor, Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, NY

Two Day Workshop; Instructor, Master of Art Education Students, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC

 

                          2009             Domesticity; Lecturer, Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC

                                                Visiting Artist, South Carolina Governors School for the Arts and Humanities, Greenville, SC

 

                          2008             Visiting Artist, South Carolina Governors School for the Arts and Humanities, Greenville, SC

 

                          2007             Visiting Artist, Gardner Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC

 

                          2006             Girl Stories; Lecturer, Dalton Gallery - Center for the Arts, Rock Hill, SC

                                                Iconography; Lecturer, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC

 

                          2004             Lecturer, Cleveland County Arts Council, Shelby, NC

 

                          2003             Spring Molds; Instructor, Carolina Clay Connection, Gaston College, Dallas, NC

 

                          2002             Visiting Artist, Instructor and Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA

                                                What’s New 2; Lecturer, Spirit Square, Charlotte, NC

 

                          2000             Press Molded Tiles; Instructor, South Eastern Art Educators Conference, Charleston, SC

                                                Visiting Artist Instructor, Kent Denver School, Denver, CO

 

                          1999             Visiting Resident Artist, Richmond Drive Elementary School, Rock Hill, SC

                                                Sculpture; Instructor, ST-ARTS, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC

 

                          1998             Women in Art; Lecturer, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC

                                                Sculpture; Instructor, ST-ARTS, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC

                               

Professional Affiliations

 

                                                Member, National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts

                                                Member, Carolina Clay Matters Pottery Guild

                                                Member, North Carolina Pottery Conference

 

Collections

 

                                                Hospice and Community Care, Rock Hill, SC

                                                Carolina Medical Center, Charlotte, NC

                                                Springs Industry, Fort Mill, SC

                                                Drs. Phil and Cheryl Leone, Gastonia, NC

                                                Dr. Ron Porter, Columbia, SC