Benefit exhibition at UT to Feature the Art of Nathine G. Smith

Eye On Art  |  11/06/2017 9:00 am

The University of Toledo College of Arts and Letters School of Visual and Performing Arts will hold an exhibition of selected artwork created by local artist and UT Art alumna, Nathine G. Smith. The Benefit Exhibition for the Nathine G. Smith Fund for Artistic Achievement will be held on UT’s main campus in Sullivan Hall (First Floor), November 17 through January 5, 2018 (during regular business hours).

All pieces in the exhibit are available for sale. Mrs. Smith has graciously offered to donate the proceeds to benefit the UT Department of Art and its students. The work will be introduced to potential buyers at an invitation-only reception on November 17. Remaining work will be on display through January 5 or until the work is sold.

Pieces are mixed media on paper, collage, watercolor, pastel, colored pencil, and graphite. Mrs. Smith says of the collection, “My work is created by experimentation with mixed media on paper, exploring texture, form, and color in two and three-dimensional abstract forms. My inspiration comes from nature, music, and literature.” 

"Mainly I work with my hands. I like the feel of the textural surface, the piecing together — almost quilt-like — of paper creations. I work with layers and layers of art tissues, stacks of them, and I have to sort through those and cut and tear to size. It could take three weeks or sometimes a couple months. I couldn’t possibly duplicate a piece — the colors are always different.”

Nathine Smith and her husband Willard Smith, former University of Toledo Vice President for Business Affairs, are long-time Toledo arts supporters. Together, through years of volunteerism and financial assistance, they have supported a wide range of Toledo area arts and educational initiatives and institutions, including the Toledo Art Museum, Toledo Symphony, University of Toledo, area hospitals, and the Rotary Club. In the continued spirit of support, Nathine Smith is offering a diverse selection of her artwork to benefit the educational goals of students in the art department of the University of Toledo.

About the Artist

Nathine G. Smith is a graduate of the University of Toledo/Toledo Museum of Art, School of Design with a BA in Art. Afterward, she pursued an independent study program with UT. Previously, she had received a BS in Education from Miami University. Mrs. Smith's works were featured in a one-woman exhibit, called “Exploring Texture,” at the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women at the University of Toledo.

She has numerous awards to her credit including 2001 Juror’s Award at the Athena Art Society, Fall Exhibit; 2001 Best of Show at the Spectrum Friends of Fine Art, Members Show; First Place, 1998 Toledo Artists’ Club, Abstract Exhibit; and the Award of Distinction, Spectrum Friends of Fine Art, Winter Show, 1995. Mrs. Smith is also a long-time member of the National Collage Society. In 2005, she was also included in the Society’s book, “Collage” as an NCS Signature Member. She is also a member of the Athena Art Society (since 1988) and the Toledo Artists’ Club (since 1997).

Her husband, Willard Smith, was known to many as “Mr. UT” at the time of his retirement from UT from his position at the University of Toledo as Vice President for Business Affairs. After twenty-eight years, the majority of them at the helm of the University's finances, “U Times” reported that the University had transformed "from a municipal institution of just a few buildings into a state school with more than 40 buildings on the Bancroft, SeaGate and Scott Park campuses." Following his administrative retirement in 1989, Mr. Smith maintained his presence on campus by teaching classes in political science and public administration.