Julia Kim Smith is an inter- and multidisciplinary artist whose work explores issues of identity and the social and political landscape by any means necessary. Her projects take the form of new media, video, film, photography, printmaking, and craft. Smith’s debut solo show at the Creative Alliance, a collaborative installation with writer David Beaudouin on the post-9/11 American psyche, was hailed by Glenn McNatt, The Baltimore Sun, as “a stupendous achievement of minimalist, conceptual art that ought to forever lay to rest the idea that such work is no more than a dry intellectual exercise. This is art of unflinching intelligence, great passion and overwhelming emotional impact.”
Smith’s screenings include Slamdance Film Festival, Park City; Cinequest Film Festival, San Jose; Center For Asian American Media CAAMFest, San Francisco; San Francisco Documentary Film Festival; Brooklyn Film Festival; DUMBO Arts Festival, Brooklyn; and Maryland Film Festival. Her shows include A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn; White Box, New York City; Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC; Maryland Art Place; and Creative Alliance, Baltimore. Her work has been featured in Angry Asian Man, Animal, Art F City, ARTINFO, Baltimore Magazine, GQ, Hypebeast, Hyperallergic, Juxtapoz, Kidrobot KRonikle, Korean American Story, kottke.org, Oasis Magazine (Saudi Arabia), Paper Magazine, Racebending.com, ShortList (UK), The Atlantic, The Baltimore Sun, and The Washington Post. Smith is represented by A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.
Smith’s honors include A.I.R. Gallery National Artist, Rubys Artist Grant, Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, Sondheim Prize Semi-Finalist, LOUIE Award, and Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington awards. She has served as feature films programmer for Slamdance Film Festival, Los Angeles and Park City. She presently serves on The Creative Alliance’s Board of Trustees, Baltimore, Maryland, and on the Maryland State Arts Council Grant Review Panel.
She received her M.F.A. in Visual Communication from University of Michigan where she was the recipient of a Rackham fellowship. She worked as senior designer at the PBS and NPR affiliate WETA, Washington, DC, and has led design workshops at Maryland Institute College of Art. Her 3-D greeting card line SLANT was honored with the LOUIE Award and has been featured nationally at arango, Art Institute of Chicago, Baltimore Museum of Art, Kate’s Paperie, National Building Museum, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Store Ltd, Urban Outfitters, and Whitney Museum of American Art Store Next Door.
Smith has had the pleasure of working as a chef for the James Beard Award-winning Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca, New York, and visiting Ferran Adrià in his kitchen at elBulli in Roses, Spain. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband and three children and the world’s most irritating dog, cats, and bird.