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thumb Wes_Sith_2become1Sculptor Wesley Smith, an assistant professor of art at the University of North Dakota, is returning to the Appalachian Center for Craft at Tennessee Tech University to display some of what he has done since leaving Smithville.

Smith’s clay sculptures blend cellular biology with popular culture to reflect on issues, both light-hearted and more serious, facing the world. His work, in a show called “Biological Symbiosis,” will be on display July 18 to Aug. 14 in the Craft Center’s North Windows Gallery.

Smith has been teaching in North Dakota since 2006. After receiving degrees at The University of Tennessee and Texas Tech University, he came to the Craft Center to work as an artist in residence.

The residency program brings one professional artist for each of the Craft Center’s five media for up to three years. During their time on the campus, they develop their own work and style in a professional studio and serve as mentors to the undergraduate students who live and create there.

The galleries are open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Craft Center is approximately six miles from Interstate 40 at exit 273, Smithville/McMinnville. Go south on state Route 56 and turn left immediately after crossing Hurricane Bridge. This drive leads to the Craft Center.

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