GEORGE SMITH: George earned a BFA degree in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MA degree from Hunter College, CUNY where he studied with Tony Smith. He was awarded many fellowships and grants including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment Individual Grant and a National Endowment Planning Grant, two New York State Council on the Arts Creative Artist Public Service Grant (CAPS) and two Cultural Arts Council of Houston Grants.
Smith’s sculptures have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Studio Museum of Harlem. Among his many permanent sculptural commissions are Lubben Plaza for the A.H. Belo Foundation in Dallas, Texas and the Niagara Frontier Transit Authority in Buffalo New York and the Metropolitan Rapid Transportation Authority in Atlanta, Georgia. His work is also represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas.
He currently lives and works in Houston, Texas.
MEREDITH JACK: "I was born in Kansas City, Kansas on November 7, 1943 and grew up in the small, rural community of Tonganoxie, Kansas. When I entered the University of Kansas in the fall of 1961 I enrolled as a history major, with vague intentions of continuing into legal training. After two years in the general education system I entered into the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in the Drawing and Painting Department. I graduated in 1967 with an emphasis in Printmaking.
The next fall I enrolled as a graduate student at Tyler School of Art, in Philadelphia, PA. While in graduate school I found that my interests were primarily in the three dimensional areas and changed my major emphasis to sculpture I received my Master of Fine Arts degree in the spring of 1972. The next fall I accepted a teaching position at the University of Minnesota, Morris.
In 1976 I relocated to Texas and re-entered the teaching profession at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, where I am Emeritus Professor of Sculpture. I maintain my residence and studio in Houston."