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Laura Lake Smith
Chair for Department of Art
Associate Professor of Art History
B.A. – University of Alabama
M.A. – Vanderbilt University
Lipscomb University’s Professor of the Year – 2007
Coordinator for Donor Relations at Cheekwood Museum of Art – February 2005-July 2005
Curator at Cheekwood Museum of Art – 1 year
Curatorial and administrative assistant at Cheekwood Art Museum – 2 years
Adjunct Professor at Belmont University – 2 years
Adjunct Professor at Watkins College of Art and Design – 1 year
Graduate Assistant, Art and Art History Department, Vanderbilt University – 2 years
Created and currently directs the first art historical and fine arts lectureship for Lipscomb University, the Presidential Lectureships for Art and Art History
Board member and professor for LIFE (Lipscomb Initiative for Education: a community and service-learning initiative)
Nashville Metro Arts Grant Reviewer 2006, 2008, 2009
Smith loves to travel, and has done so widely in Europe where she had the opportunity to see most of the art work that she teaches in her classes.
Her research interests include the corporate suppression of art, also referred to as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) artwork, capitalism with a conscience.
Smith has memberships and affiliations with College Art Association, SECAC, Tennessee Associations of Museums.
She has written a number of articles and papers that have been published and presented in journals and conferences such as:
• Idearte Journal
• Convergence Conference: Activism in the Arts
• Worlds in the Making, Creativity: A National Symposium
• SECAC Conference
She has also written two critical essays to be published in 2010, one on Richard Tuttle, and the other on art produced in prisons.
Assistant Professor of Art
B.S – Harding University
M.F.A – West Virginia University
Honorable Mention, Photography Re-imagined, Tilt Gallery, Phoenix, AZ – 2007
Professional Development Support Grant, Lipscomb University – 2008, 2009
Graduate teaching Assistant at West Virginia University – 2 years
Visiting Artist Lecturer, Watkins College of Art and Design, Nashville TN – February 2009
Artist’s Forum Lecturer, Frist Center for the Visual Arts – May 2009
Judge, Dangent Art Gallery juried exhibition – October 2007
Panelist for D.I.G. art show series “Human Sacrifice, Atonement, and the Death Penalty” – March 2007
Panelist, presenter and lecturer CSC conference, Rochester College – June 2007
Horton is an artist and an art critic. His written works have been published online and in academic journals; his paintings have been exhibited nation-wide.
He has also served as panelist and judge at various art shows and lectures.
Horton is a member of the College Art Association (CAA) and the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC).
He presented a paper at the Southeastern College Art Conference titled “Unlikely Bedfellows: Painting and Photography”