BiographyPaul Roland Smith was educated at Fort Hays and Fort Scott, KS. After World War II, he received his MFA degree from the University of Iowa. He taught at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA, for fourteen years. In 1965, he became the chairman of the Department of Art at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. He served as president of the central area chapter of the Artists Equity Association and was regional representative of the AEA midwest area.
Smith is well-known for his oil paintings and work as a printmaker. He has received numerous awards recognizing his art work and has exhibited in solo shows throughout the United States.
Smith exhibited in several Fine Arts Festivals at Luther College in 1963, 1964, and 1965. In 1968, he served as the jury for college purchases for the Print, Watercolor, Drawing exhibit held as part of the Fine Arts Festival of December 8 through 18.
In 1962, he also exhibited paintings, drawings and prints from adult nursery rhymes in the Centennial Union Gallery, November 6 to December 16. “Poet Icon” was exhibited in that show. The brochure prepared for that exhibit states that while Smith does not believe “in explaining or interpreting his paintings,” he admits that “some recurrent themes, using groups of people, may refer to the people he sees everywhere, alone or in huddled groups…” Smith again exhibited at Luther in December 1971-72 in a solo exhibition.