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Abigail Smithson
2020 Project-Based Artist in Residence

Abigail Smithson is a multi-media artist based in Tucson, Arizona. Born and raised in the Bay Area of California, she received her Bachelor of Arts with a minor in history from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2010 and her Master of Fine Arts from Louisiana State University in 2017. With a focus on documentation, her work is rooted in the appreciation, translation and act of making records. Basketball is her muse; she uses the game as a lens for viewing issues surrounding the body and representation. Her art practice is a way to respond to the history and current culture of the game.        

During her time as a visiting artist, Smithson hopes to engage the Lawrence community through the game of basketball, using the process of making cyanotypes and recording podcasts with local citizens who have opinions and insights on basketball history and contemporary culture surrounding the game.

Smithson’s ongoing goal is to work within communities to understand how basketball exists in each place. Through events, art-making, and story-seeking, she hopes to create a platform for those around her to share their ideas in collaboration.

Smithson joins the Arts Center for her Project-Based Residency at the end of February. Please check our website in December for more information on how you can work with her or be interviewed for her podcast “Dear Adam Silver.”

This Project-based residency is generously supported by all those who “Raise the Paddle” during our Annual Art Auction.