TK Smith

TK Smith (He/ Him) is a Philadelphia-based curator, writer, and cultural historian. His curatorial projects include Roland Ayers: Calligraphy of Dreams, the 2021 Atlanta Biennial exhibition Virtual Remains, and Zipporah Camille Thompson: Looming Chaos. His writing has been published in Art in America, the Monument Lab Bulletin, and ART PAPERS, where he is a contributing editor. In 2021 he was the invited inaugural writer at the Vashon Artist Residency, and he was a 2022 recipient of an Andy Warhol Writers Grant. Currently, Smith is a doctoral student in the History of American Civilization program at the University of Delaware, where he researches art, material culture, and the built environment.

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Interdisciplinary art
  • Public art
  • Visual representation
  • Art history
  • Material culture
  • The built environment

Classes (Selected)

  • ART 3103: Call and Response

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • 2022 Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant–Short-Form Writing

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • Roland Ayers: Calligraphy of Dreams. (curator) Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA (July 10–October 24, 2021). Exhibition featured the work of artist Roland Ayers (1932–2013).
  • 2021 Atlanta Biennial exhibition, Virtual Remains. (curator) Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA (February 18–August 1, 2021). Exhibition featured the work of artists Danielle Deadwyler, Shane Dedman, Adam Forrester, and Artemus Jenkins.
  • Zipporah Camille Thompson: Looming Chaos. (curator) Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, GA (January 25–July 26, 2020). Exhibition featured the work of artist Zipporah Camille Thompson.

Publications (Selected)

  • Roland Ayers: Calligraphy of Dreams, exhibition catalogue, (2021)
  • Virtual Remains, gallery guide essay, (2021)
  • Zipporah Camille Thompson: Looming Chaos, exhibition catalogue, (2020)
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