Al Smith

Al Smith is professor of art and chair of the art department at Howard University. His forty years of scholarly research and creative work has been in the direction of “visual music.”  His current work involves developing 3D animation as “visual instrument” through which to express time base animated painting.  At Howard University, he and theoretical physicist, Dr. James Lindesay, developed a cross-disciplinary course, “Time as the Rhythm of Experience” from which he published an article, “Workdance of a Rhythm Master” in the journal: The International Review of African American Art, Vol. 19, #3.  Other scholarly work includes teaching:  “Visual Music,” Peabody Conservatory of Music, Baltimore Maryland; and “The Rhythm Technique Workshop,” at Howard University and Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore Maryland. His span of exhibitions include “Visual Voices,” America Association for the Advancement of Science; “Harmelodic Painting” and “Washington at a Glance,” Franz Bader Gallery, Washington, DC; and “The Procession Series,” theStudio Museum of Harlem, NY, New York.  Professor Smith’s Bibliography includes: Transatlantic Dialogue: Contemporary Art In and Out of Africa, Chameleon Books Inc.1999, Seeing Jazz: Artist and Writers on Jazz, Chronicle Books – Smithsonian Institute, 1997; and African Arts: Spring 1997, “Confluences, Ile-Ife, Washington, DC and Tran African Arts.”  Interview and Art featured.