Colby K Smith received his B.F.A. from Emporia State University and his M.F.A. from Southern University of Illinois at Carbondale. Smith taught at Emporia State University and Southern University of Illinois before relocating to Kansas City, Missouri, in 2002. In 2003, he opened Gallery HQ, an alternative contemporary art space that occupied locations in the West Bottoms and in the Crossroads Gallery District. In 2004, Smith closed Gallery HQ to dedicate his time and energy to developing The Studios Inc, where he currently serves as Director, and to focus on his career as a professional artist. Smith continues to create and exhibit multi-media work that has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the Midwest. In Kansas City, he has exhibited at Millennic Glass, The Late Show, Society for Contemporary Photography, and The Studios Inc Exhibition Space. His work was recently featured in the book Glass Art International, and it has been reviewed nationally and regionally in publications such as Sculpture and Review.
The choice of a visual language as a means to communicate was an obvious one for me. Years ago, it occurred to me that I could not find words to give form to the ideas and images I wished to express. Since that time, I have pushed my work to reach a point of clarity in which it communicates the inexplicable feelings that pervade my mind, from thoughts of beauty to isolation, to thoughts of comfort.