Associate Professor of Studio Art
MFA, Painting and Drawing, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
BFA, Painting and Art History, Maryland Institute College of Art
Skylar Smith is a co-founder of what is now KyCAD. Her work has been exhibited regionally and internationally, including at the Huff Gallery at Spalding University, the Barr Gallery at Indiana University Southeast, The 1926 Gallery in Chicago, and in New Delhi, India at Sanskriti Kendra Foundation and at the Sanbarbh Residency in Partapur, India. Smith has completed artist residencies in India at Sanskriti Kendra and Sanbarbh Residency, and Colegio Trener, an elementary school in Lima, Peru. She has curated several exhibitions, including With Child at the Huff Gallery, The Hangar Show at Cardinal Wings Hangar, Louisville, Wallpaper at The Stray Show, Chicago, and Suspension at 1926 Gallery. Smith is the recipient of an Artist Meets Activism grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and a Great Meadows Foundation Artist Professional Development Grant. Smith has also taught at the University of Louisville and the Jefferson Community and Technical College. Through JCTC, she taught fine art and art history courses to men and women in prison who were working toward their Associate Degree. She is an active member of the Louisville arts community and has partnered with many organizations to create community art events including: SoBro Neighborhood Association, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Mini-Maker Faire, YouthBuild, 21c Museum, and the Speed Art Museum. Besides her role as an assistant professor, she is also a Certified Yoga Teacher. Smith lives in Louisville with her husband and two daughters.