Artist Statement

According to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, I am a P and a J. (Most people are a P or a J.) This amounts to a constant internal war between flexibility and structure, which 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 cherish the order they bring to my work. But then I discovered watercolors and monoprinting — two art forms that require embracing unpredictability and abandoning perfectionism. Now my art explores the tension between order and disorder; rules and intuition. I am obsessed with the equilibrium created by opposing forces. My artwork celebrates P and J and asks you to accept them both at the same time. Take that, Jung.

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

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

2018 “Wayfinding”, Camp North End, Charlotte, NC
2017 Can-Do Signs, Signal Box, Thomas & Central Ave., Charlotte, NC
2017 Beautiful Utilities, Signal Box, East & South Blvd., Charlotte, NC

Group Exhibitions

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
2013-17 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


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

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