JCA Signature Series: Abigail Smithson: Breathe in an Alley-Oop
Abigail Smithson is a multi-media artist who has exhibited work in the United States and internationally. She received her Bachelor of Studio Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her Master of Fine Arts from Louisiana State University. Her art practice is rooted in the appreciation, translation, and act of archiving objects that record their surroundings. She challenges the traditional ideas of representation and works to create photographs as documents, in a both nuanced and abstract way. The game of basketball has been a longtime muse for her and she follows and believes firmly in the New Craft Artists in Action collective motto, which is Participation vs. Spectatorship when it comes to sports. Through her podcast Dear Adam Silver as well as her other work, she questions the current narrative around sports and art and how the two cultural entities overlap and live side by side. She is currently a Visiting Professor of Art at Lyon College, located in Batesville, AR.