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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Oct. 22, 2014

Art exhibit to feature works of painter Oct. 27 through Dec. 5

Leslie Smith III's painting “Exposed” is a 27-by-27-inch oil painting on shaped canvas.

Leslie Smith III's painting “Exposed” is a 27-by-27-inch oil painting on shaped canvas.

“Vacation,” an exhibit featuring paintings and works on paper by artist Leslie Smith III, will be showcased in the latest exhibit at Northwest Missouri State University’s Olive DeLuce Art Gallery.

The exhibit opens with a lecture and reception at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building.

Smith’s studio practice is grounded by the necessity to define his relationship to contemporary abstraction. His interests lie in representing juxtaposing and contradictory truths found in the ways people relate to each other as beings influenced by both positive and negative aspects of society. Smith understands the complexities of abstraction and he uses both the surface and structures of his work to create tensions that are palpable. His abstractions embody the nuance and poetics of a human experience.

“Vacation,” consisting of artwork created between 2013 and 2014, focuses on studio practice and the importance of taking breaks or vacations from common materials and processes. The selected paintings represent Smith’s initial foray into the expansiveness created by working on non-traditional supports. His works on paper offer a glimpse into his process of isolating artistic concerns by material and method to encourage growth and development.

Smith received his Master of Fine Art from Yale University with a concentration in painting and is an assistant professor of art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. To learn more about his work, visit

“Vacation,” which is free and open to the public, will remain open until Friday, Dec. 5, in the Olive DeLuce Art Gallery. Regular DeLuce Gallery hours are 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468