Artist Statement

According to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, I am a P and a J (most people are a P or a J) which amounts to a constant internal struggle between flexibility and structure. This can be difficult day to day, but turns out to be great for art.

I spent a lifetime as a graphic designer. Graphic design is an art form built on rules: grids, letterforms, hierarchies, and construction. I love these and cherished the order they imposed, but after 20 years, I needed a shift. And that’s when I discovered monotype printmaking — an art form that forced me to embrace unpredictability and abandon perfectionism. Now I explore the tension between order and disorder; rules and intuition. I am obsessed with the equilibrium created by opposing forces.

My current series focuses on the vibrancy and depth created by layering color and shape. These pieces represent windows which provide passersby the opportunity to glimpse a portion of a space without giving away all the secrets contained within.

Laurie Smithwick
Laurie Smithwick Art & Design
Laurie Smithwick Art & Design

Artist Resume

Laurie Smithwick is an artist, designer, teacher, speaker, and idea person. She works primarily in printmaking and watercolors, with an emphasis on abstract forms and color harmonies.


AAS Graphic Design, Parsons School of Design, 1993; Graduated with honors
B.A. English/Creative Writing, Duke University 1991; Certificate in Women’s Studies

Solo Exhibitions

March, 2020 “Windows”, Garner Performing Arts Center, Garner, NC (upcoming)
November, 2019 “Windows”, Chifferobe, Black Mountain, NC
September, 2019 Commission for Levine Childrens’ Hospital
2019 “Oh How Bright the Path Grows”, Art of Recycling Public Art Initiative, Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center, Charlotte, NC
2018 “Wayfinding”, Camp North End, Charlotte, NC
2017 Can-Do Signs, Signal Cabinet, Thomas & Central Ave., Charlotte, NC
2017 “Beautiful Utilities”, Signal Cabinet, East & South Blvd., Charlotte, NC

Group Exhibitions

2019 Facilitator, Eight Signal Cabinet Wraps in Plaza Midwood, Charlotte
Boom Boxes, BOOM Festival, Charlotte, NC
2019 Spring Fever, South End Arts, Charlotte, NC
2018  Amplify the Signal – Facilitator, Eight Signal Cabinet Wraps along South Blvd., Charlotte
2016 Facets, Gallery Twenty-Two, Charlotte, NC
2016 Dada Soirée: An Absurd Art Show, C3 Lab, Charlotte, NC
2016 Member Show, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Charlotte, NC
2013-19 Yard Art Day, Charlotte, NC
1993 Parsons End of Year Show, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, New York, NY

Interactive Exhibitions

2018 Perfect Imperfection, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Charlotte, NC
2017 iMake Charlotte, C3 Lab, Charlotte, NC
2016 Imagine If, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Charlotte, NC
2016 Mini Maker Faire, Discovery Place Science, Charlotte, NC
2016 Art & Soul, Historic South End / Rail Trail, Charlotte, NC
2016 iMake Charlotte, C3 Lab, Charlotte, NC
2016 Six Word Stories, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Charlotte, NC
2015 Step Away from the Screen, Altitude Summit, Salt Lake City, UT


2019-2020 Workshop Instructor, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Charlotte, NC
2018 Keynote Speaker, North Carolina Presenters Consortium Annual Meeting, Asheville, NC
2017 Featured Speaker – Innovation Workshop, Women’s Leadership Retreat, Arapahoe, NC
2016 – present Regular Appearances, Charlotte Today, WCNC, Charlotte
2016 You Are an Idea Person, TEDxCharlotte Talk
2015 Keynote Speaker, Alt For Everyone, Online Conference
2011 – 2016 Graphic Design Teacher, Alt Channel
2009 Panelist – Managing Online Communities, Social Fresh, Charlotte
2007 – 2016 Recurring Panelist, Altitude Summit, Salt Lake City
2007 – 2016 Recurring Panelist, Mom 2.0 Summit, Houston

Awards + Grants

2019 Art of Recycling program, Arts & Science Council
2017 Creative Lab Grant, Historic South End, Charlotte
2016 Placemaking Grant, Historic South End, Charlotte
Art Directors Club – Merit Award
Association For Independent Music – Winner, Best Packaging
1997 Grammy Awards – Nominated for Best Boxed Recording Package
Society Of Publication Designers – Silver Medal
Print Magazine Regional Annual
Graphis Design Annual