Presenting Artists

Wesley Harvey

Wesley Harvey is originally from Van Buren, Indiana, "the popcorn capital of the world." He received his BFA in Ceramics in 2002 from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and then received his MFA in Ceramics in 2007 from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Wesley has exhibited his artwork both nationally and internationally, and is also a curator. His artwork can be found in various publications including Ceramics Monthly, Art in America, 500 Contemporary Ceramic Sculptures, and The Essential Guide to Mold Making & Slip Casting, and more.  His artwork is included in permanent and private collections in the United States, South America, China, and Italy.  In the spring of 2017, Wesley had artwork in the Whitney Biennial exhibiting as a participating member of Debtfair, an installation and project of Occupy Museums.  He currently lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia and is a Lecturer in Ceramics at the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design at Georgia State University.

Keith Smith

Keith Wallace Smith is a figurative sculptor and educator working primarily in ceramics and cast metal. He received a bachelor of science in art education at Morgan State University and went on to attend graduate school at The University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he received a MFA in 1999. He is currently Associate Professor of Ceramics and Sculpture at Kennesaw State University.

Prior to his tenure at Kennesaw State University Smith’s teaching and administrative experience has included positions as associate educator for the Baltimore Museum of Art, program coordinator of Art in State Buildings and teaching lab specialist at The University of Florida. He also received positions as visiting assistant professor at Georgia Southern University and lecturer/technician at Northern Kentucky University.

Smith’s work employs the use of varied scale, fragmentation and gesture to approach the figure; he shares his process and hand-building techniques with students and the general pubic through teaching and workshops. His work is included in the collection of the Montgomery Museum of Art, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Contemporary Ceramic Arts Museum, Izmit-Değirmendere, Turkey and in several teaching collections throughout the southeast such as Florida Atlantic University, Georgia Southern University and Appalachian State University.

Smith continues to exhibit regionally and nationally, his work has been published in Confrontational Clay by Judith Shwartz, The Figure in Clay I & II by Suzanne Tourtillottt, 500 Figures in Clay: Ceramic Artists celebrate the Human Form by Veronika Gunter, “Poetic Expressions of Morality: Figurative Ceramics From The Porter/Price Collection”, Clay and Glazes for the Potter by Daniel Rhodes and Enough Violence: Artists Speak Out by Paul Schifino.