Stephen Smith Fine Art

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Stephen Smith Fine Art is a commercial art gallery on the former Fairfield Theater building at 5104 Gary Avenue in Fairfield. It was opened in 2016 by Stephen Smith. Paul Barrett was the gallery's founding director and chief curator from May 2016 through July 2018. The 10,000 square foot gallery and studio exhibited contemporary international, national and local artists with a focus on social issues.

Exhibitions and events curated by Paul Barrett include:

  • VENT, stereoscopic photos by Peter Bahouth, Dec. 2, 2016-Jan. 22, 2017
  • Human (Re)Sources, mixed-media and installation by Zach Blas, Jakob Dwight, Benjamin Grosser, and Leonardo Selvaggio, Feb. 3-Mar. 18, 2017
  • Macondo/Mar-A-Lago, paintings by Latino art-collective Contrapunto. (Jorge Arcos (Mexico), Graciela Nuñez Bedoya (Peru), Stanley Bermudez (Venezuela), Pedro Fuertes (Peru), Dora Lopez (Peru), and Carlos Solis (Venezuela), Feb. 3-Mar. 18, 2017
  • Flat Granny and Me: A Procession in My Mind, photography, installation, and four performances by Jenny Fine, Apr. 7-15, 2017
  • Architects of Heidelberg, monoprints, drawings, and mixed-media works by Tyree Guyton and Sam Mackey, May 12-Jun. 24, 2017
  • HOME AGAIN, photography by Sheila Pree Bright and Celestia Morgan and mixed-media sculpture by Justin Rabideau, with a performance of WEATHER featuring choreographer Mary Grace Phillips, Jun. 30-Aug. 20, 2017
  • This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours, featuring work by Jon Coffelt, Howard Cruse, Thom Kostura, Eric Rhein, and Robert Sherer, Sep. 14-Oct. 28, 2017
  • WE ARE ONE, a no-commission artist-to-artist auction inspired by WonderRoot’s “Imaginary Million,” WE ARE ONE provides a platform for artists of all backgrounds to exhibit, socialize, and collect each-others’ work, Feb. 23, 2018
  • DON'T FENCE ME IN, photography by Edward Badham and Jerry Siegel and installations by Jamey Grimes, Mar. 9-Apr. 27, 2018
  • In Unison, performance by Jenny Fine, April 14, 2018

Artist and UAB art professor Stacey Holloway also curated two group exhibitions of cast-metal art at the gallery at the invitation of Paul Barrett:

In the Belly of the Beast: First Degree, featuring work by: Robin Baker, Leticia R. Bajuyo, Adam Bodine, Michael Bonadio, Jason Sheridan Brown, Page Burch, Jacob Chrzan, Jeremy Colbert, Dylan Collins, Erin Cunningham, Nicole Davy, Kaylee DeWees, Sarah Dorau, Kurt Dyrhaug, Claire Lewis Evans, Feral Fagiola, Tobias Flores, McArthur Freeman II, Cassidy Frye, Katelyn Gabbard, Anastasia Green, Jack Gron, Liz Helfer, Ira Hill, Katie Hovencamp, John Stewart Jackson, Rachel Kidd, Lauren G. Koch, Coral Penelope Lambert, Teresa Lind, David Lobdell, Morgan Lugo, David Marquez, Andrew Marsh, Gerry Masse, Joe McCreary, Kim McKenzie, Ted Metz, Forrest Millsap, Christyn Overstake, Sarah Caroline Padgett, Kenneth Payne, Allen Peterson, Jacob Phillips, Wayne E. Potratz, Eric Powell, Cliff Prokop, Holly Reese, McCreary, Dominic Sansone, Ashley Seilhamer, Luke Sides, Ian Skinner, Logan Smith, Savannah Smith, Kristen Tordella-Williams, Jen Torres, Steven Torres, Alex Townsend, Kevin Vanek, James Wade, Michael Wickerson, Ajene Williams, Ben Woodeson, and Jason Tanner Young. May 4-Jun. 23, 2018

In the Belly of the Beast: Second Degree, featuring work by: Reid Arowood, Robin Baker, Leticia R. Bajuyo, Adam Bodine, Michael Bonadio, Jason Sheridan Brown, Page Burch, Marshall Christie, Jacob Chrzan, Jeremy Colbert, Dylan Collins, Erin Cunningham, Nicole Davy, Kaylee DeWees, Sarah Dorau, Kurt Dyrhaug, Claire Lewis Evans, Feral Fagiola, Tobias Flores, McArthur Freeman II, Cassidy Frye, Katelyn Gabbard, Anastasia Green, Jack Gron, Liz Helfer, Ira Hill, Melody Hollenbeck, Katie Hovencamp, John Stewart Jackson, Rachel Kidd, Lauren G. Koch, Coral Penelope Lambert, Teresa Lind, David Lobdell, Morgan Lugo, David Marquez, Andrew Marsh, Gerry Masse, Joe McCreary, Kim McKenzie, Ted Metz, Garrett Millsap, Christyn Overstake, Sarah Caroline Padgett, Kenneth Payne, Allen Peterson, Wayne E. Potratz, Eric Powell, Cliff Prokop, Holly Reese McCreary, Dominic Sansone, Ashley Seilhamer, Luke Sides, Ian Skinner, Kristen Tordella-Williams, Jen Torres, Steven Torres, Alex Townsend, Kevin Vanek, James Wade, Michael Wickerson, Ajene Williams, Ashley Wingo, Ben Woodeson, and Jason Tanner Young. Jun. 29-Jul. 1, 2018

The reception for In the Belly of the Beast: Second Degree featured an iron pour on-site conducted by Sloss Metal Arts. A portion of proceeds from both cast-metal exhibitions benefited Sloss Metal Arts. Holloway also organized the artist talk titled, Women of Metal, featuring artists Rachel Kidd, Morgan Lugo, and Jennifer Torres for a discussion of women who work with cast-metal, moderated by artist Sarah Caroline Padgett on Jun.30, 2018.

Barrett left the gallery to focus on independent curatorial projects following In the Belly of the Beast: Second Degree.

References

  • Hornbuckle, M. David (February 9, 2016) "Stephen Smith Fine Art Gallery to Open in Downtown Fairfield." The Jones Valley Sentinel
  • Powell, Kiera (December 4, 2016) "Fairfield now home to state's largest art gallery." WVTM13.com

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