ABOUT VERA SMILEY
I grew up in the Soviet Union before it collapsed. The realization that I was merely a small piece of a greater system fueled in me a strong desire to be different. From an early age, I turned to art as a world where I could be myself and not belong to politics or be limited by anything.
I graduated with a BFA art teacher from Kazakh Pedagogical University in the early nineties. I have traveled around the globe to more than 30 different countries, in total and lived on three continents.
Although I am Russian by birth, I grew up in Kazakhstan. I later lived in Latin America and at the same time, I was a citizen of the United States. I now call Austin, TX home.
The purpose of my art has changed over the years. I no longer want to surprise people or prove my eccentricity. I want to find something that unites. I devote myself to what I call "Connection Beyond Words," the universal language of human emotion through sculpture, photography, time and place.
EXHIBITIONS & AWARDS
MAY 2018 – West Austin Studio Tour | Austin, TX
APR 27-29, 2018 – 26th SculpFest | Round Rock, TX
APR 22, 2018 – Clay Fest | San Antonio, TX
NOV 2017 – East Austin Studio Tour | Austin, TX
SEPT 29, 2017 – Art Hope Statewide Art Competition | Georgetown, TX (Second Place in 3D)
JULY 28, 2017 – “Profusion in the Void” Texas Sculptor Group show at Artspace111 | Ft. Worth, TX
JUNE 25, 2017 – Texas Society of Sculptors 10th Annual Show, Georgetown, TX (Honorable Mention)
JUNE 2 2017 – 24th Annual Juried Show, San Antonio Potters Guild | San Antonio, TX
JUNE 2017 – ArtAscent: Color Orange, Exhibition of International Art | Online (Distinguished Artist)
MAY 2017 – West Austin Studio Tour | Austin, TX
APR 21-MAY 31 2017 – Dimensions: 3D, Art Space Gallery | Round Rock, TX (First Place Winner)
MAY 5-7, 2017 – 25th SculpFest, at The Oasis | Austin, TX
MAR 4, 2017 – Imagine: Round Rock Arts Center | Round Rock, TX (First Place in 3D)
NOV 26, 2016 – The San Antonio Clay Arts Festival | San Antonio, TX
NOV 4, 2016 – ClayHouston Member show: Tea+Art Gallery | Houston, TX
OCT 15, 2016 – International Sculpture Park Show | Liberty Hill, TX
OCT 8, 2016 – BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Artisan Series: ART on 5th Gallery | Austin, TX (Finalist)
OCT 1, 2016 – Art Hop Statewide Arts Competition, Art Center | Georgetown, TX
JUNE 26, 2016 – Texas Society of Sculptors 9th Annual Show | Georgetown, TX (Second Place Winner)
OCT 28, 2015 – Personal Exhibition “Telling Stories”, Has Sanat Gallery | Astana, Kazakhstan
APR 16, 2015 – Personal Exhibition “Fear Of My Desires”, Clay House Gallery | Almaty, Kazakhstan
OCT 14, 2014 – Annual Fall Salon “Ceramic Art”, Has Sanat Gallery | Astana, Kazakhstan
JAN 20, 2013 – Guest show at Central Plaza Gallery | Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela
DEC 9, 2012 – Ceramic show “Las Villas” | Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela
MAY 2012 – Annual ceramic shows, Center "Anzoateki" | Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela
MAY 2011 – Annual ceramic shows, Center "Anzoateki" | Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela