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Nelson David Smith, American artist educator. Recipient Creative artist grant Michigan Council for Arts, 1987, Production grant Art Matters Inc., 1989, Creative Artist grant Michigan Council for Art/Cultural Arts, 1993, 94, Michigan Council for Art/Artserve Michigan, 2000, Sound residency Harvest Works, 1996.


Smith, Nelson David was born on April 29, 1955 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Son of Curtis E. and Mary D. (Robberson) Smith.


Bachelor of Fine Arts, College Wooster, 1977. Master of Fine Arts in Painting, Cranbrook Academy Art, 1980.


Artist, designer, Nelson Smith, Oak Park, Michigan, since 1977; art associate, Inter-Arts Associations, Dearborn Heights, Michigan, 1978-1985; president, co-director, Contemporary The Art Institute of Chicago Detroit, 1990-1994. Adjunct Professor Lawrence Technology U., Southfield, Michigan, since 1991, Mary Grove College, Detroit, 1990-1994. Board president Contemporary The Art Institute of Chicago Detroit, 1990-1994.

Committee member Detroit Focus Gallery, 1994-1997.


Panelist Michigan Council for Art & Cultural Affairs, Detroit, 1993. Design editor Detroit Focus Quarterly, 1989-1993. Co-producer Ear Whacks] New Music Festival, Contemporary The Art Institute of Chicago, Detroit, 1993, 94.

Curator, producer "Short & Sweet", Detroit Focus, 1996, 97-. Member Detroit Artists Market, College Art Association, Performance Network.


Married Alexandra Hoffmaster, August 1980.

Curtis E. Smith

Mary D. (Robberson) Smith

Alexandra Hoffmaster