Stephanie Smith is Director of Collections and Exhibitions and Curator of Contemporary Art at the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art. Her recent exhibitions at the Smart include Heartland (2008-2009, coorganized with Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and co-curated with Charles Esche and Kerstin Niemann), Adaptation: Video Installations by Ben-Ner, Herrera, Sullivan, and Sussman & The Rufus Corporation (2008 + tour), Drawing as Process in Contemporary Art (2006), and Beyond Green: Toward a Sustainable Art (2005 + tour, coorganized with iCI), as well as the intimate archival exhibition Adrian Piper: The Mythic Being (2006). Her upcoming project Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art (2011) received one of three 2008 Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Awards.

Prior to joining the Smart’s staff in 1999, Smith held curatorial positions at Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston and the Rice University Art Gallery. She is an affiliate member of the University of Chicago’s Department of Visual Arts and a founding member of its Open Practice Committee. She speaks and writes widely about art and sustainability. Other current research include feasting, hospitality, independent cultural infrastructure, and the American Midwest.

Portland State University’s Art Department offers free public lectures every Monday night of the school year. This is the sixth lecture of the fourth year of the PMMNLS. The PSU MFA Monday Night Lecture Series is supported in part by PICA, Reed College, Lewis and Clark College, and The NW Film Center. If you or your organization are interested in becoming a supporter of the lecture series please let us know.