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February Member Meeting
MaryAnn Free Smith
February 6, 2018
7:00 PM

Artist Statement:

Art spiritually connects the inner emotional world with the physical world in which we live. In my art I want to express this connection. I strive to emphasize the beauty and whimsy of life, rather than its distress and pain. Art gives something outside the self while also only being possible because of what is in the self. This is true for both the maker of the art and the person viewing it.


MaryAnn Free Smith


MaryAnn Free Smith, a Utah artist, was born and raised in the high mountain desert of Eastern Nevada. The colors, stark contrasts, and spacious beauty of those environs have influenced her art since childhood. She studied art and education at Brigham Young University, where she graduated in 1969 and later studied in Germany, where she focused on transparent watercolor.

MaryAnn’s paintings celebrate the infinite uniqueness of people, plants, and the world in which they exist. Her design preferences include an emphasis on the flat painting surface combined with the illusion of space and volume, an affinity for the center of the format, and often multiple subjects or the absence of a single focal point. Curators and collectors have said that her art exudes a spiritual quality with a touch of whimsy.

Her works are included in private and public collections and have been the recipient of top awards. They have been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Arts Club, the United Nations Building, the Palette and Chisel Club in Chicago, and many other venues. In Utah, her art has been exhibited in the Church Museum of History and Art, the BYU Museum of Art, Kimball Art Center, Eccles Museum, Springville Museum, and the Salt Lake Art Center among others. She has received a Utah Arts Council grant, illustrated a children’s book, and is a signature member of several national art associations.

MaryAnn lives in Orem, Utah, and has a black Standard Poodle named Phoebe. She is the mother of eight children and numerous very talented grandchildren.

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3301 E. Louise Ave (2920 S.)
Salt Lake City, UT 84109
First Tuesday of each month. 7-9 pm.

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