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Creative Visions: Capturing Culture in Visual Communication

Kirk Richard Smith talks about his work in the performing arts and entertainment industries, infusing the fine arts to blend cultures, lifestyles, and behaviors.


***This event is free to attend! Log in a little early—we’ll aim to start by 7:05 PM.***

About Kirk:
Kirk Richard Smith is an American visual artist with a focus on graphic design, creative direction, photography, video direction, painting, and collage.

He is an award-winning creative director and photographer at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame. In 2015 his photography shot in McAllen, Texas was featured on the ABC News 20/20 special “Pope Francis & The People.”

He formed Naissance, Inc. with partner Emily Hughes Smith in 2006, where he is currently creative director, specializing in brand development and design solutions for retail, entertainment, and food clientele. Naissance, Inc. partnered with Martin Kastner of Crucial Detail to design the Alinea book and the packaging for “The Porthole” infuser.

Firehouse 101 Art + Design (1991-2004), a design studio founded by Smith, is well known for its emotive qualities of handcrafted typography, expressive paintings, incorporating found objects and unconventional photography. Firehouse 101 Art + Design was one of Columbus’ early independent design studios that successfully reached out to the music industry, on-air graphics, and book publishers in New York City and the west coast.

Kirk’s design and illustration have attracted major clients from all over the United States and internationally including Sony Music, Virgin Records, Arista Records, HBO, Nickelodeon, Limited Brands, Penguin, Doubleday, Magnanni, Levi Strauss & Co., Alinea, Hennessy X.O, Ray Gun, Locomotion Channel, and E! Entertainment.

His photography has been published by The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, ABC News, University of Chicago, University of Notre Dame, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, and The South Bend Tribune.

Kirk has won over 200 Awards for his work in graphic design, photography, illustration, video, collage, and branding. Some of these awards are represented by: Graphis, Communication Arts, Print, HOW, American Advertising Federation, Dove Awards, and Columbus Society of Communicating Arts.

His fine art is part of the permanent collection at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University.

Join us on Thursday, July 16 as we welcome Kirk to the virtual stage! Learn more about Kirk and explore some of his work at kirkrichardsmith.com.

Thursday, July 16, 2020
7:00pm – 8:00pm