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RCA Welcomes Alexandria Smith as New Head of Painting

Hailing from the Brooklyn, NY and Wellesley, MA, USA, Alexandria Smith will join the RCA School of Arts & Humanities in the new academic year.

Hear from Alexandria directly in this specially recorded video from New York.


Alexandria is currently Assistant Professor of Studio Art at Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA, a mixed media visual artist and co-organiser of the collective, Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter 2016–2017. Previously, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Printmaking at the University of Iowa from 2015–16 and also served as Visiting Critic at Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) and SMFA.

Professor Naren Barfield, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, Royal College of Art, said:

‘I am delighted to welcome Alexandria Smith to the Royal College of Art. She brings a fresh, dynamic and engaged approach to leading the Painting Programme at the RCA; she is an artist committed to painting, while pragmatic and exploratory in her approach to alternative modes of expression and multi-disciplinary practices.

‘She is a highly creative educator and accomplished visual artist, having taught and held residencies at leading organisations in the United States. We are particularly impressed by the energy and enthusiasm that she brings to the creative learning environment, which she identifies as a space of limitless opportunity for an increasingly diverse student body engaged with complex themes and concepts.’

Speaking of her upcoming move to London, Assistant Professor Smith, said:

‘I’ve always admired the reputation and the artists who have studied at the Royal College of Art. I’m really looking forward to joining this already world-renowned organisation, working with the latest talent to broaden their perspectives with my expertise and experience. I am also keen to further the College’s well-established reputation here in the US.’

Assistant Professor Smith is an Illustration graduate from Syracuse University, and has an MA in Art Education from New York University as well as an MFA in Painting and Drawing from Parsons The New School for Design. She was also the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and is currently exhibiting her  first solo museum show, Monuments to an Effigy at the Queens Museum, New York.

Learn more about Alexandria’s artistic practice here: www.alexandriasmith.com


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