Discipline: Visual Art – mixed media

Harold Smith, Jr.

Discipline: Visual Art – mixed media
Region: Kansas City, KS
MacDowell Fellowships: 2022

Harold Smith is a visual artist and writer from Kansas City. He has exhibited internationally and his collected work include painting, collage, mixed media, performance, video, sound, and assemblage. He also writes for KC Studio magazine.

Harold’s work focuses on the complexity of black masculinity in America by exploring and expressing the simultaneously complementary and contradictory internal and external narratives that black men in America must navigate in order to survive and flourish.

While at MacDowell, he continued his exploration of the complexity of black masculinity in his visual art and writing. He focused on a new body of work linking his love of science fiction to his continuing series on black men.



Harold Smith, Jr. worked in the Alexander studio.

Originally designed to be a visual art gallery, this facility was built in memory of the late John White Alexander (1856-1915) and funded by Elizabeth Alexander and their son James. John White Alexander was highly regarded as a portrait painter and, in the early part of the 20th century, served…

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