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Shinique Smith worked with students participating in the Mural Arts Art Education program to create a mural-based amphitheater that will function as a venue for student performances. In her own words: “I want to create a mural on the wall and on the ground of a playground or recreational center in Philadelphia. The artwork served as a backdrop and stage for interaction with Philadelphia youth wherein these teens may plan and/or participate in events that give them a forum to share their creative voices through poetry and spoken word, among their peers.”
Shinique Smith was born in 1971 in Baltimore, Maryland, and now lives and works in upstate New York. She earned both her BFA and MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MAT from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Smith was featured in the 2005 International Istanbul Biennial and in the Rubell Family Collection’s famed 30 Americans. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. Smith’s work is included in several prestigious permanent collections, including the Brooklyn Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Rubell Family Collection, Miami; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
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Shine Space © 2015, Shinique Smith. 800 Diamond Street. Philadelphia, PA. Photos by Steve Weinik.
Shinique Smith tours potential Open Source sites with curator Pedro Alonzo. Photo by Steve Weinik.