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ART

Clarice Smith’s Paintings on Display at University House

University House, the official campus residence for the University of Maryland president and their family, is displaying 12 paintings by renowned artist Clarice Smith. The works on canvas include some of the artist’s favorite subjects and locations including Venice, the South of France, and New York City. Also included are equestrian paintings, florals, and abstracts. There is a self-portrait, plus a portrait of her husband, Robert H. Smith. The artwork will be on view through December 31, 2025.

Clarice Smith was born and educated in Washington, DC. She attended the University of Maryland and received a BA and MFA from George Washington University, where she was also a member of the Art Department faculty from 1980-1987. In 2012, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts by George Washington University to mark her distinguished career in the arts; three years later, she got a doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Maryland.

The University of Maryland President Pines and Mrs. Pines, in partnership with David Bruce Smith, are proud to have several of her works displayed at University House, so that they may be enjoyed by visitors and serve as a reminder of Mrs. Smith’s remarkable contributions.

 

Venice by Clarice Smith on display at University House

Plates by Clarice Smith

 

Croissant by Clarice Smith

 

University House interior

 

Portrait of Robert H. Smith at His Desk with a Silver Tray and Self Portrait by Clarice Smith

 

 

(L-R) Steeplechase, Daffodils by a Stream, and Harmony in Orange and Grey by Clarice Smith

 

University House – Photo by Stephen Oetken


University House Interior Photos by John Consoli

March 2024 Newsletter

GALLOP AND GRACE AT THE BIG RACE

 

Self Portrait

Currently on view at University of Maryland’s University House. more

Venice

Currently on view at University of Maryland’s University House. more

Allee

Currently on view at University of Maryland’s University House. more

Plates

Currently on view at University of Maryland’s University House. more

Stroll on Fifth Avenue

Currently on view at University of Maryland’s University House. more

Daffodils by a Stream

On view at University of Maryland’s University House. more

Rainy Day Race

Currently on view at University of Maryland’s University House. more

Steeplechase

Currently on view at University of Maryland’s University House. more

Portrait of Robert H. Smith at His Desk with a Silver Tray

Currently on view at University of Maryland’s University House. more

Croissant

Currently on view at University of Maryland’s University House. more

Big Race: The Contemporary Vision of Clarice Smith Members Reception

The National Sporting Library and Museum celebrated the opening of Big Race: The Contemporary Vision of Clarice Smith at a members reception on February 10, 2024.

Elizabeth von Hassell, David Bruce Smith and Mindy Berry

“Gallop”, “Leaving the Gate” and “Le Vainqueur” by Clarice Smith

William Adair

David Bruce Smith

“Big Race” by Clarice Smith

 

Clarice Smith’s paintings “Dead Heat” and “Big Race” pictured with Kay Jackson.

 

Ken Giese and Danielle Westphal

Karen Mannes, friend of Clarice Smith, and “Dead Heat”

 

Photos by Nancy Milburn Kleck

Clarice Smith: Power and Grace

Clarice Smith: Power and Grace by Clarice Smith, Claudia Pfeiffer, Melanie Leigh Mathewes offers a comprehensive range of the artist’s equestrian subjects. This is the lushly illustrated catalog accompanying an exhibit at the National Sporting Library & Museum that spans over thirty years with almost forty paintings from the early 1980s to the present.

The catalog is available for purchase from the National Sporting Library & Museum.

Clarice Smith:
Power & Grace

Clarice Smith: Power and Grace offers a comprehensive range of the artist’s equestrian subjects. This is the lushly illustrated catalog accompanying an exhibit at the National Sporting Library & Museum that spans over thirty years with almost forty paintings from the early 1980s to the present.

February 2024 Newsletter

TRADITION

Remembering Clarice Smith by Claudia Pfeiffer

Claudia Pfeiffer, the Deputy Director and George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Curator at the National Sporting Library & Museum, recalls her collaborations with artist Clarice Smith in Drawing Covert, the National Sporting Library & Museum’s bi-weekly blog.

“There are people you meet in your life who change you. Clarice Smith was one of those people. …” more

Photo credit: Clarice Smith in 2014 with Dead Heat, 1999; photography Claudia Pfeiffer

Big Race: The Contemporary Vision of Clarice Smith, a focus gallery is on view through March 31, 2024.

Big Race

Big Race, 2001, the largest painting in the focus gallery is the inspiration for the exhibit Big Race: The Contemporary Vision of Clarice Smith at the National Sporting Library & Museum, Jan 11, 2024 – Mar 31, 2024.

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Melvin and Ryna Cohen and the Funger Foundation, Norma Lee and Morton Funger

Le Vainqueur

Featured in the National Sporting Library & Museum exhibit Big Race: The Contemporary Vision of Clarice Smith, Jan 11, 2024 – Mar 31, 2024

“Big Race: The Contemporary Vision of Clarice Smith” at the National Sporting Library & Museum

The National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) is pleased to announce Big Race: The Contemporary Vision of Clarice Smith, a focus gallery contemplating the impact that Clarice Smith’s (American, 1933–2021) artistic vision had on equine art. On view from January 11, 2024 to January 16, 2026, four compelling paintings by the artist are on loan to complement the three dimensional horse racing screen in the National Sporting Library & Museum’s collection. “I see the horse as a dynamic beautiful form; a combination of power and grace,” noted Smith in 2014.

Gallop, 2009, a 5-panel screen, was donated by the artist after her solo exhibition of over 30 artworks at the NSLM in 2014, Clarice Smith: Power & Grace. It depicts horses neck-and-neck and thundering hooves rushing at the viewer in a halo of vibrant burnt sienna and flying gold and copper metallic dirt. This screen melding Smith’s fine art into a three-dimensional object is the only one she created with this subject matter.

To provide context to the screen, three of the paintings are generously on loan from the artist’s son, David Bruce Smith, the founder and president of The Grateful American Foundation: Le Vainqueur, 1995; Dead Heat, 1999; and Leaving the Gate, 2011. The largest painting in the focus gallery is a 36 1⁄2 x 76 1⁄2-inch oil on canvas from the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM). It is titled, simply, Big Race, 2001, and is the inspiration for the exhibit.

These artworks were all selected by George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Deputy Director & Head Curator Claudia Pfeiffer to highlight Smith’s depictions of racing. Pfeiffer interviewed the artist extensively for the 2014 NSLM exhibition and its accompanying catalogue and wrote, “Motivated by a moment and the challenge of exploring new and innovative ways of approaching a composition, she [Smith] returns to her racing scenes with changing perspectives and variations in palette;” Pfeiffer continued, “Choices for jockey silk patterns and colors are usually not literal interpretations but rather the design of a color scheme, and her horses are composites against made-up backgrounds.”

“I paint my life,” Smith often noted. The contemporary artist first became known for her figurative, floral, and landscape subject matter. She began incorporating equine art into her oeuvre in 1983 when she and her husband, Robert H. Smith, purchased Heronwood Farm in Upperville, VA, and a portion of the Upperville Colt and Horse Show grounds, which they maintained for over 30 years. He developed a Thoroughbred breeding program, and they also regularly attended American, British, and French horse sales and races. These experiences led Clarice Smith to incorporate her stylized portrayals of motion and figurative portraiture into equine and equestrian subject matter.

When painting, Smith consciously fused different artistic inspirations into her own unique expression of motion, texture, light, and color—all informed by her classical training. She studied at George Washington University where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in studio art. She became a faculty member in their Art Department in 1980, remaining in that position until 1987.

Smith’s career as a contemporary artist spanned over four decades with exhibitions at numerous museums and galleries including the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska; Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA; the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library; and National Museum of Women in the Arts, Cosmos Club, and the Kreeger Museum, all in Washington, D.C. In 2012, she was awarded an honorary doctorate of fine arts from George Washington University, and in 2015, she received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from University of Maryland, for her achievements.

The NSLM’s Chair Dr. Manuel H. Johnson noted of Smith’s racing imagery, “Artists like Clarice Smith remind us that sporting art is a genre neither undertaken nor understood only by sporting enthusiasts, nor is it relegated to the past.”

A Members Reception will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2024, from 5:30–7:30 pm. To join membership at the NSLM to attend, or to RSVP if you are already a member, please contact Development & Events Manager Emily Tye at etye@nationalsporting.org or 540-687-6542 x 26.


The National Sporting Library & Museum is located in Middleburg, VA, the heart of beautiful horse country. Founded in 1954, the renowned research Library and fine art Museum highlight the rich heritage and tradition of country pursuits. Angling, horsemanship, shooting, steeplechasing, foxhunting, flat racing, polo, coaching, and wildlife are among the subjects one can explore in the organization’s general stacks, rare book holdings, archives, and art collection. The NSLM offers a wide variety of educational programs, exhibitions, and family activities throughout the year, and is open to researchers and the public. There is no admission fee to the Library. The Museum charges $10 for adults, $8 for youths (age 13–18), and $8 for seniors. NSLM members and children age 12 and under are admitted free of charge. Library & Museum hours are Thursday–Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

January 2024 Newsletter

ALL OF THEM ARE GONE

Art in Embassies Wraps up 60th anniversary with Democracy Collections

Art in Embassies (AIE) Director Megan Beyer (right) and Chief Curator Camille Benton (left) announced new art collections at the 60th anniversary celebration dinner of AIE, Sept. 19. The donated collections are under blanket long-term loans and will be available for immediate delivery to chief of mission residences as new U.S. ambassadors head to post. The Clarice Smith Collection is offered by the artist’s son, David Bruce Smith, and the Creative Growth Collection is offered by a non-profit that supports artists with developmental disabilities. These collections, and others like them, will advance art diplomacy at U.S. embassies around the globe. more in State Magazine

Photo © Tony Powell. Art in Embassies 60th Anniversary Celebration. National Museum of American History. September 19, 2023

 

December 2023 Newsletter

The 2024 Grateful American Book Prize is accepting entries

The 2024 Grateful American Book Prize is now accepting submissions. They should be books of non-fiction, fiction, or biographies suitable for 7th to 9th graders, published between August 1, 2023 and July 31, 2024.

“Over the past several decades schools have gradually de-emphasized history in the classroom with the result that kids today do not know who George Washington and Benjamin Franklin were,” according to David Bruce Smith, Co-founder of the Prize. “It’s been a lingering problem for quite some time and so, at the behest and in collaboration with the late Dr. Bruce Cole, the former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, we established the Prize as an incentive for authors and publishers to focus on history for young readers. As Dr. Cole put it, ‘we are a country of historical amnesiacs’ and perhaps historical ‘page turners’ for kids may be just what the doctor ordered.”

The Prize comes with a $13,000 cash award in commemoration of the 13 original Colonies, a lifetime membership at the New-York Historical Society, and a medallion created by Smith’s mother, the renowned artist, Clarice Smith.

Honorable Mention recipients receive a cash award of $500 each, and the medallion.

Submit your book via the online submission form.

November 2023 Newsletter

WAR HAS NO CONSCIENCE

Art in Embassies Announces The Clarice Smith Collection

U.S. Department of State – Media Note
October 19, 2023

As the United States approaches its 250th year, the State Department’s Art in Embassies program is working with cultural institutions, artists, families, and galleries to curate art collections that promote U.S. diplomacy.

The first collection, The Clarice Smith Collection, comprises 72 artworks by Washington, D.C.-based artist Clarice Smith. These pieces encompass portraits, landscapes, and still-lifes rendered in oil, pastel, and watercolor. They will immediately become available for exhibit in U.S. embassies and Ambassadors’ residences under long-term loan agreements.

Clarice Smith, a passionate advocate for U.S. diplomacy, supported cultural diplomacy through Art in Embassies’ partner, the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE). Additionally, she collaborated with her son, David Bruce Smith, on a series of engaging biographies introducing young students to leading figures who played pivotal roles in shaping our democracy.

Art in Embassies Director Megan Beyer and Chief Curator Camille Benton announced the Collection during Art in Embassies’ 60th anniversary dinner with ambassadors and cultural leaders at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

The Clarice Smith Collection is made possible by David Bruce Smith’s Grateful American Foundation.

The Office of Art in Embassies, established in 1963, plays a crucial role in U.S. public diplomacy, connecting nations through curated exhibitions. It showcases the innovation and cultural prowess of the United States and fosters cross-cultural connections.

For more information about Art in Embassies, visit art.state.gov. Press inquiries can be sent to Megan Beyer at BeyerMC@state.gov.

View The Clarice Smith Collection

Clarice Smith’s Paintings Chosen for the Art in Embassies Inaugural “Democracy Collection”

A repository containing 72 of Clarice Smith’s paintings has been chosen for the Clarice Smith Collection, the inaugural “Democracy Collection” for the US Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies (AIE). These paintings will be on long-term loan with the State Department to be made available to US Ambassadors for display in their embassies and residences throughout the world. This important office is celebrating its 60th year in existence and was created by President John F. Kennedy in 1963. The purpose of Art in Embassies is to create vital world-wide cross-cultural dialogue and to foster mutual understanding through the visual arts. Clarice Smith was an avid supporter of the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE) which reinforces the AIE mission.

Photo © Tony Powell

The Clarice Smith Collection and the long-term loan were announced by Megan Beyer, the director of the office, and Camille Benton, the chief curator, on September 19, 2023, at the Art in Embassies dinner celebration at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Megan Beyer and David Bruce Smith. Photo © Tony Powell.

For more information visit the  “Democracy Collection” website.

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“Mattie and the Machine”
by Lynn Ng Quezon Wins 2023 Grateful American Book Prize

WASHINGTON, DC, October 3, 2023 — Mattie and the Machine [Santa Monica Press], a debut novel by Lynn Ng Quezon, has been selected to receive the 2023 Grateful American Book Prize, according to co-founder David Bruce Smith.

The Santa Monica Press called it “a fictionalized yet historically accurate account of Margaret E. Knight’s fight to obtain recognition as a 19th century female inventor,” while The Kirkus Reviews described it as “an intriguing story about a little-known woman…one of the first women inventors in the post-Civil War era,” and Marissa Meyer of the New York Times said it was “a surprisingly twisty tale, full of betrayal, romance, grit, friendships, machinery, and a protagonist you can’t help rooting for!”

Sheila Turnage’s Island of Spies, a riveting World War II spy mystery, and Sara Latta’s biography, I Could Not Do Otherwise: The Remarkable Life of Dr. Mary Edwards Walker–an early female physician/spy–will receive “Honorable Mentions.”

Smith, also an author, and an education advocate, founded the Grateful American Book Prize with the late Dr. Bruce Cole, the longest-serving chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities [2001 to 2009].

It comes with $13,000 in commemoration of the 13 Colonies; a lifetime membership at the New-York Historical Society, and a medallion created by Smith’s mother, the renowned artist, Clarice Smith.

The ”Honorable Mention” recipients get $500 each, and the medallion.


The Grateful American Book Prize is awarded each year to high quality, 7th to 9th grade-level, historical fiction, and non-fiction, about the events and personalities that have shaped the United States since its founding.

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Suffragettes

Suffragettes, a triptych stained glass mural by artist Clarice Smith, at the New-York Historical Society.

 

 

May 2023 Newsletter

Submit Your Book for the 2023 Grateful American Book Prize

The 2023 Grateful American Book Prize is now accepting submissions. They should be works of non-fiction, fiction, or biographies suitable for 7th to 9th graders, published between August 1, 2022, and July 31, 2023.

“Over the past several decades schools have gradually de-emphasized history in the classroom with the result that kids today do not know who George Washington and Benjamin Franklin were,” according to David Bruce Smith, Co-founder of the Prize. “It’s been a lingering problem for quite some time and so, at the behest and in collaboration with the late Dr. Bruce Cole, the former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, we established the Prize as an incentive for authors and publishers to focus on history for young readers. As Dr. Cole put it, ‘we are a country of historical amnesiacs’ and perhaps historical ‘page turners’ for kids may be just what the doctor ordered.”

The Prize comes with $13,000 in commemoration of the 13 original Colonies, a lifetime membership at the New-York Historical Society, and a medallion created by Smith’s mother, the renowned artist, Clarice Smith. Honorable Mention recipients receive $500 each, and the medallion.

Submit your book via the online submission form.

April 2023 Newsletter

LOVELY LADIES

Self-Portrait
à la Ingres

David

Michael

Stacy