Alumni Tale: Kathi Smith ’08

What did you study at UNH?

College of Liberal Arts (COLA) Fine Arts Major, (Painting)

What were you doing 1 year out of college?

Teaching as an adjunct faculty member at Plymouth State University in NH.

What were you doing 5 years out of college?

Coordinator of Drawing at Plymouth State University, as well as Teaching Lecturer, Adjunct Faculty at New Hampshire Technical Institute. Exhibiting art regionally and nationally, and had participated in four notable Artist Residencies.

What were you doing 10 years out of college?

Assistant Professor of Studio Art and Art Appreciation at Husson University in Bangor, Maine. Developing an art program there. Exhibiting Art consistently in regional and juried shows, and represented by Greenhut Galleries in Portland, Maine.

What are you doing now?

See above.

Did you have an international experience (study, research, internship or volunteer abroad) while at UNH?

Yes! I participated in the UNH in Italy program in Ascoli Piceno, in 2006 as a student and in 2008 as a Graduate Assistant.

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

UNH prepared me to work hard and to go after my goals. What I learned during that time was to focus deeply on my practice of painting and to approach the art world in a professional manner. The connections that I made with students and professors in our small program changed my life in meaningful ways. It was a personal experience, and one that I’ll never forget, especially as I move forward. My study abroad was quintessential and what I was to do afterwards in terms of applying to artist residencies and traveling to study art. Largely, UNH gave me the tools to refine my painting practice and to take myself seriously. This work and the work I made afterwards led to multiple artist residencies and a full-time position in the Arts. I’m thankful for my time at UNH and for those who supported me in my education there.

Why do you believe in UNH?

I believe in UNH because I remember how hard my professors worked within their Department to make a full  and meaningful experience for us.