Kim Smith

Kim Smith's picture
Neighborhood: Hunters Point Shipyard
Group Affiliation: Hunters Point Shipyard

Kim Smith's work was selected for the de Young Open Exhibition in 2020. She has shown at George Lawson Gallery and Inclusions Gallery in SF.  She is the recipient of several Jurors Awards for ArtSpan auctions and shows.  She published Where Quirky Meets Menacing: an autobiography in collage, in 2008 and won several nationwide awards.  She sells her work through galleries, open studios and her business, Smith & Co. (

Smith's collages are meant to be intimate and should evoke a peaceful, quiet and simultaneously compelling response from viewers. Many of the collages are of a serious nature, specifically the series "Series For a Better World."  But, one can often find a humorous or unexpected element within the frame as well. She uses art to voice opinions and ideas that she often doesn't have the courage to say aloud.  It is also a form of relaxation and she often spends days exploring galleries and museums. Viewing art can have an overwhelming impact on her striking her with a breath-stopping raw energy that makes her want to produce her own work. Having the time and space to feed that desire is enriching.

Smith was born in Seattle and spent 10 years of her childhood in Germany. She now calls San Francisco home. She has degrees in Design, Economics, and an MBA.

She uses vintage and antique materials in her collages, rather than modern copies.  She believes the old materials give integrity to the work.  To the greatest degree possible, she treats the collages in an archival manner.