Malcolm Mobutu Smith received an MFA in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1996, and studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and Penn State University, earning a BFA in Ceramics from the latter in 1994. Malcolm is an active lecturer, and has presented workshops at Purdue University, Parkland College, Syracuse University, University of Hartford, and Michigan State University.
Recent solo exhibitions of the artist’s work have been presented at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, The Evansville Art Museum, the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center and Glyphs, an NCECA show, at Pyro Gallery in Louisville, Kentucky. Other solo and group exhibitions include Touch and Circumstance: New Ceramic Work at Parkland Art Gallery, Champaign, IL; Rigmarole: Object/Image at SoFA Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN; and group shows Earth Tones: A Multi-Cultural Look at Clay in Louisville, KY, 1st International Ceramic Journal of Editors Exhibition at FuLed International Ceramic Art Museum, Beijing, China; and the 2005-2007 traveling show Shades of Clay.
Reviews of the artist’s work appear in Ceramics Art and Perceptions, Terracotta Magazine, and Critical Ceramics. Malcolm Mobutu Smith is currently an Associate Professor at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.