About The Artist
Since 1996, Tremain Smith’s art work has been widely featured in over 70 solo and group exhibitions across the US. Her mixed media work resides in many private, public and corporate collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lancaster Museum of Art, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and the Visa Corporation. In addition to her many shows, grants, publications and residencies, Tremain is also an instructor of the arts near her home in Philadelphia.
“I seek to portray what ordinarily might be invisible or overlooked. My paintings are mappings of the unseen,doors, walls and passageways representing internal states of being.” -Tremain Smith
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Lancaster Museum of Art
Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
Carrie Nicholson, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Brownstein Hyatt Farber
Post & Schell
Select Solo Exhibitions
2010 Paia Contemporary Gallery, Paia, Hawaii
2009 Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
2009 Ruth Morpeth Gallery, Hopewell, NJ.
2008 Melanee Cooper Gallery, Chicago, IL.
2008 Lawrence Gallery, Rosemont College, Rosemont, PA
2006 Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, FL.
2006 Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
2006 Melanee Cooper Gallery, Chicago, IL.
2005 Cervini Haas Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.
2005 Lowe Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
2005 Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, FL.
2004 Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE.
2003 Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
2003 Cervini Haas Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.
2003 Melanee Cooper Gallery, Chicago, IL.
2002 Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA.
2002 Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, ME.
2002 Melanee Cooper Gallery, Chicago, IL.
2001 Esther M. Klein Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
2001 Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
2001 Art Mecca, Chicago, IL.
2000 Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY.
2000 Right Brain Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
1999 Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA.
1998 Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE.
1998 University City Arts League, Philadelphia, PA.
Select Group Exhibitions
2011 Abstractions, Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, FL.
2011 Fourth Wall Arts Salon, The Bellevue, Philadelphia, PA.
2010 Art in the Open Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA.
2010 Encaustic: Beswax & Pigment, The Art Trust, West Chester, PA.
2010 Philadelphia Painters, The Painting Center, NY, NY.
2009 Ten Year Retrospective, Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, Harrisburg, PA.
2009 20th International Invitational Salon of Small Works, New Arts Program, Kutztown, PA.
2009 Art is Ageless, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA.
2009 Hidden Gems of West Philadelphia – Works on Paper from the Collection of Sylvia Egnal, University City Arts League, Philadelphia, PA.
2009 Encaustic Invitational, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ.
2009 Seeing Red, Somerhill Gallery, Durham, NC.
2008 Abstraction – New and Review, Allyn Gallop Contemporary Art, Sarasota, Florida.
2007 Featuring Encaustic Artists: Kim Bernard, Sara Crisp, William Thomson & Tremain Smith,
2007 Lamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH.
2007Into Intuition:Towards a Redefinition, University Galleries at Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD.
2007 Encaustic Works, The Gallery at R&F and Watermark/Cargo Gallery, Kingston, NY.
2007 Shades of White, Somerhill Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC.
2007 Surface & Beyond, Morpeth Gallery, Hopewell, NJ.
2006 Order(ed), Gallery Siano, Philadelphia, PA.
2006 Bridge Art Fair Miami, Miami, FL.
2006 ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries, Coral Gables, FL.
2006 Ancestors: In Search of Source, Lowe Gallery, Santa Monica, LA.
2005 The Urban Canvas, Gallery Siano, Philadelphia, PA.
2005 Art Miami, represented by the Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
2005 Oil and Wax, Wallingford Arts Center, Wallingford, PA.
2004 Spiritual Abstractions, Segalas Gallery, Bernardsville, NJ.
2004 Saving Philadelphia – The Art of the Dumpster Divers, Sedgwick Cultural Center, Philadelphia, PA.
2004 Inner Circles, Sharadin Art Gallery, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Kutztown, PA.
2004 Traveled to Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA.
2003 International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Florence, Italy.
2003 The Future in Wax, The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, Harrisburg, PA.
2003 Africanisms Unmasked, The Painted Bride, Philadelphia, PA.
2002 The African Spirit in Contemporary Art, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA.
2002 Unforgettable, Berlin Kunstproject, Berlin, Germany.
2002 Mnemonic: A 9/11 Memorial Exhibition, Atrium Gallery, Long Island City, NY.
2002 Pigment & Wax: Art of Encaustic Painting, Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, NH.
2001 USArtists American Fine Art Show, 33rd Street Armory, Philadelphia, PA.
2001 Soho-Myriad, Atlanta, GA.
2000 SOFA CHICAGO, Chicago, IL.
2000 Burrison Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
1999 Beginnings & Endings, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE.
1999 Side by Side Invitational, Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
1999 Invitational Salon Exhibition of Small Works, New Arts Program, Kutztown, PA.
1998 Leaps of Faith: The Language of Symbols, Borowsky Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
1998 Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA.
1998 Pushing the Limit, Artforms, Philadelphia, PA
1998 Art and Religion: The Many Faces of Faith, Villanova University Art Gallery, Villanova, PA.
1996 Abstraction, DOSHI Center for Contemporary Art, Harrisburg, PA.
1996 Two Up, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA.
Kevin Costello, Finding Solace in Abstracts, HERALD-TRIBUNE, August 7, 2008
Ursula Ehrhardt, Philadelphia Artists Display Works in ‘Into Intuition’, THE DAILY TIMES, February 17, 2008.
Peter Occhiogrosso, Art & About, HUDSON RIVER MUSEUM & GALLERY GUIDE, Fall 2006.
Edith Newhall, Creative Styles of Their Own, THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, May 26, 2006.
Libby Rosof, Order(ed), ARTBLOG, May 18, 2006.
Roberta Fallon, Beauty, Order and Individuality, catalogue essay for the exhibition Order(ed), May 2006.
Alan Atner, THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE, April 7, 2006.
Peter Frank, Gail Foster, Thomas Swanston, Tremain Smith, LA WEEKLY, October 21, 2005.
Lori Hill, First Friday Focus, PHILADELPHIA CITY PAPER, October 6-12, 2005.
Mark Ormond, Allyn Gallup presents paintings of Grabowsky, Moment and Smith, PELICAN PRESS, June 23, 2005.
Victoria Donahoe, Wallingford, THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, May 15, 2005.
Rick Sablove, Susquehanna Art Museum Exhibits 360 Degrees of Unity, CENTRAL ALTERNATIVE, September 2004.
Zachary Lewis, Art to Bring You Full Circle (Back Again), THE PATRIOT-NEWS, July 18, 2004.
Geoff Gehman, Inner Circles Exhibit Stretches and Burns, THE MORNING CALL, February 2004.
Ellen Slupe, Inside Pennsylvania, ART MATTERS, September 2003.
Edward Sozanski, Looking to Africa, THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, March 7, 2003.
Victoria Donohoe, THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, February 16, 2003.
Ellen Slupe, Ritual Power in Bold Form, ART MATTERS, February 2003.
Karen Quinones Miller, Of Wax and Social Commitment, ART MATTERS, October 2002.
Susan Lindt, Smith’s Work Rewards Close Inspection, INTELLIGENCER JOURNAL, September 20, 2002.
Jamie Malernee, A Spiritual Experience, SOUTH FLORIDA SUN- SENTINEL, January 2002.
Joanne Mattera, The Art of Encaustic Painting Contemporary Expressions in the Ancient Medium
of Pigmented Wax, Watson-Guptill, 2001.
R.B. Straus, More Changes Than the Seasons, ART MATTERS, September 2001.
New American Paintings, Volume 21, The Open Studio Press, 1999.
Gerard Brown, You Have To Be There, PHILADELPHIA WEEKLY, May 1999.
Edward Sozanski, Roots, THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, April 30, 1999.
Patricia Phillips, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts Visiting Critic 1998, November 1998.
Astrid Bowlby, Too Much of a Good Thing, PHILADELPHIA WEEKLY, August 12, 1998.
Gerard Brown, Ritual Reminders, THE PHILADELPHIA WEEKLY, July 15, 1998.
Grants, Residencies & Teaching
Art Instructor, Community Arts Program, Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander
University of Pennsylvania Partnership School, Philadelphia, PA, 2008-09.
New Courtland Artist Fellowship, Philadelphia, PA, June-August 2008.
Instructor, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, August 2006.
Art Teacher: Visual Artist of the Harlem Renaissance, Jubilee School, Philadelphia, PA, 2003-04.
Artist-in-Residence, McColl Center for Visual Arts, Charlotte, NC, September-November 2004.
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Individual Artist Special Opportunity Stipend, 2003-04.
Art Futures Artist Residency, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, 2003.
Artist-in-Residence, Westtown School, Westtown, Pennsylvania, 2002.
Leeway Foundation Window of Opportunity Grant, 2000.