Samuel K. Smith, Topeka, KS b 1958 Sam Smith is a contemporary artist whose passion for visual imagery is not limited to any one specific theme. He is equally adept in a variety of mediums including oils, acrylics, pastels and watercolor. Mr. Smith received his bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Kansas in 1981. In 1989 he furthered his art studies at Washburn University taking art education classes. While at Washburn he was chosen to receive the Woman’s Art Board Scholarship. His work has been exhibited in Chicago at the Isobel Neal Gallery and at Framewoods in Topeka. His artwork has been chosen for the permanent collection at Washburn University. Mr. Smith’s painting, “Pass It On” was chosen for the poster representing the 50th Anniversary of the Brown Vs Board of Education celebration this year. Last year, he was commissioned by USD 501 to paint the portrait of McKinley Burnett, a key figure in the Brown Vs Board landmark case. For many years Mr. Smith taught art classes and coached football at Highland Park High School before becoming a dropout-prevention specialist for the 501 School District. Today, he teaches part time and continues to paint. SAMUEL K. SMITH Biography Samuel K. Smith is a contemporary artist whose passion for visual imagery is not limited to any one specific theme, and his artistic style incorporates a variety of influences. Challenged early by a college art professor to be mindful of his work communicating on an emotional level with its viewer. Sam attempts to probe the corners of his subject’s purpose, which allows thoughts that make you at ease and initiate conversations. Sam received his bachelor of fine arts degree in 1981 from the University of Kansas. In 1989 he began studies in art education at Washburn University where he was the recipient of the Woman’s Art Board Scholarship. Samuel is a member of the Topeka Art Guild and KAN ART. He has participated in selected exhibitions in Kansas and Texas. Sam’s work was formerly shown at the Isobel Neal Gallery Ltd., Chicago, Illinois. His artwork is currently being shown exclusively through Framewoods of Topeka Gallery, Topeka, Kansas. He has had artwork chosen for display, and on permanent collection at the Washburn University Student Union.