Born in 1979 in Raleigh N.C., Shelley Smith is an artist, curator, and arts administrator. She graduated with a Master of Art and Design from North Carolina State University College of Design in 2016. Her curatorial projects include the one-year activation known as The Pink Building Project, and the exhibitions and programming at Anchorlight, where she is the co-founder and Creative Director. Smith is also the co-founder and Director of the Brightwork Fellowship Program, a year long artist residency located within Anchorlight that focuses on service and professional development within the visual arts.
Smith’s own artistic practice serves as the foundation for all her other creative endeavors. Primarily working with the combination of cloth and digital techniques, her practice reflects the inborn ties between our individual selves and nature.