Molly Smith

b. 1976, Kansas City, MO, USA
Lives and works in Worthington, MA, USA


Molly Smith was born in 1976 in Kansas City, MO. She spent the second half of her childhood in Huntsville, AL, before obtaining her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1999 and her MFA from Columbia University in 2004. She currently lives and works in Worthington, MA.

Smith held her debut solo exhibition, titled One Wave, One Day, at KS Art, New York, NY, in 2006. Subsequent solo exhibitions include: Route, Romer Young Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2013); Root, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA (2013); Tidal, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY (2012); Whether, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY (2010); and Between You and Me, KS Art, New York, NY (2008).

Her work has been shown at galleries and institutions including Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY; Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York, NY; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Oh; Clifford Art Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY; Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York, NY; Roger Bjorkman Gallery, Stockholm, SE; Leo Koenig Inc., New York, NY; and Gallery Min Min, Tokyo, JP.

Smith has received reviews in publications such as The New York Times, Artforum, The New Yorker, Artinfo, New York Magazine, Timeout New York, and Columbia Spectator. Smith was selected for the 2012 Dieu Donne Workspace Residency, New York, NY.

Artist Statement

While treasuring and admiring everyday things, I am trying to avoid the preciousness and separation of art from daily life. I work using free, found, repurposed materials and create in low impact processes. For me, this way of working matches the fleeting nature of my impressions from brief experiences and encounters in unfamiliar areas.

Many of the sculptures represent a time that my partner Josh and I were traveling across the country for half a year. That time was about moving, navigating places and finding a way. Along that way, I collected materials from the places I passed through. All materials have been found collected or transformed. My own clothing, stained fabric, natural refuse and recycled paper are all materials I use.

I believe in sculpture having a life of its own and in these objects continuing, in some sense, to behave as they would in the greater world, altering and sometimes degrading. My hope is that the objects hold the energy of the instance of their creation and might resonate a sense of presence, a sense of being aware of a fleeting moment in time. Their figuring out is their essence.


2004 MFA, Columbia University, New York, NY
1999 BFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Solo Exhibitions

2013 Route, Romer Young Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2013 Root, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
2012 Tidal, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY
2010 Whether, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY
2008 Between you and me, KS Art, New York, NY
2006 One wave, one day, KS Art, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions

2012 Eight Sculptors, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
Workspace Program Exhibition 2012, Dieu Donne, New York, NY
External Original, Clifford Art Gallery at Colgate University,
Hamilton, NY
The Unnatural, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY
2011 Dark Christmas, Leo Koenig Inc., New York, NY
Becoming Something Found, Jolie Laide Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
The Light Show, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY
2010 Come Through, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, NY
Bildungsroman, Allan Nederpelt, Brooklyn, NY
Long Long Gone, Leo Koenig Inc., New York, NY
2009 Pinch Pots and Pyramids, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY
What’s Bin Did and What’s Bin Hid, Gallery 106 Green,
Brooklyn, NY
2008 Forth Estate Editions. Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery,
Brooklyn, NY
The Merits of Silence, Gallery Min Min, Tokyo, Japan
The Grey House That Thinks Itself Into Your Head Without Asking
Peter Fingesten Gallery at Pace University, New York, NY
I wonder if you know what it means?, Sears Peyton Gallery,
New York, NY
2007 A Bell is a Bell until it is a Cup, Memorial Hall Gallery at RISD, Providence, RI
2006 Bunch, Alliance & Dissolve, Contemporary Art Center,
Cincinnati, OH
Drawing on the Wrong Side of the Brain, Haim Chanin Fine Arts,
New York, NY
The Space Between the Spokes, KS Art, New York, NY
Supports, Roger Bjorkholmen Galleri, Stockholm, Sweden
2005 Witch hunt, Art Center/South Florida, Miami Beach, FL
The General’s Jamboree, Guild & Greyshkul. New York, NY
Breaking Ground, Horticultural Society of New York, New York, NY
Bradford Bailey, Tova Carlin, Jacob Dyrenforth, Molly Smith, Philip
Travers, KSArt, New York, NY
Catch and Carry, Volume Gallery, New York, NY
2004 RISD Fine Arts Biennial, Claire Oliver Fine Art, New York, NY
Paper Chase, Axel Raben Gallery, New York, NY
Fresh, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, NY
Art in the Office, Global Consulting Group, New York, NY
2003 Don’t Fail Me Now, TBA Exhibition Space, Chicago, IL
Project Room, Arena Gallery, New York, NY
2002 The Stray Show, Dupreau Gallery, Chicago, IL
Loaded, Midway Contemporary Art, St. Paul, MN
Molly Smith/Brian Coleman, LFL Gallery, New York, NY
DNA at DNA, DNA Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2001 Tirana Biennial, Tirana, Albania
2000 Here Comes Rhody, Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston, MA


2012 Paper Monument, Art Assignments, New York, NY
2006 Open City Number Twenty-One, New York, NY
2005 North Drive Press, New York, NY
2001 Ver Magazine, Bangkok, Thailand

Awards and Residencies:

2012 Coast Time Residency, Lincoln City, OR
2012 Dieu Donne Workspace Residency, New York, NY
2011 The Fountainhead Residency, Miami, FL
2002 Eastern Frontier Society’s Norton Island Residency Program, Norton Island, ME
2002 Jerome Foundation Stipend, New York Mills Arts Retreat, New York Mills, MN


2012 Steadman, Ryan, “Tidal”,
2011 Goings on About Town: Art, “The Light Show”, The New Yorker, April 25: p. 12
2010 O’Neill-Butler, Lauren, “Come Through”,
Hudson, Suzanne. Review. Artforum, September 2010: p. 332
Short List. The New Yorker, May-June 21, 2010
2008 Goings on About Town: Art, “Molly Smith”, The New Yorker, May 5
“Molly Smith, Between You and Me.”, April 2008
“Artist Molly Smith Thinks Outside the Bun.” New York Magazine, 1 May 2008
2006 O’Neill-Butler, Lauren, “One wave, one day”,
2004 Don’t Miss: “Paper Chase”, Time Out, April 15-22
2004 Johnson, Ken, “Paper Chase”, The New York Times, April 23