A newly released book on silverpoint includes AJ's drawing DELTA BLUES: FACES OF THE DELTA SERIES. The book, Silverpoint and Metalpoint Drawing: A Complete Guide to the Medium, is authored by Susan Schwalb and Tom Mazzullo, two experts in this medium. Visit this weblink if you would like to learn more about the book and order a copy.
Visit this website link to learn more about the exhibition Silver Lining: Contemporary Works in Silverpoint. In this exhibition, Aj Smith has six silverpoint portraits from the Faces of the Delta Series. These portraits feature individuals who live in relatively remote isolated communities of the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta. The images celebrate the honesty and majestic ordinariness of his subjects, even when they are faced with political, economic, and social deprivation.
The June 7th edition of the Arkansas Times includes a feature article about the 60th Annual Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock. Visit this link to read the entire article. Aj's work is mentioned in the article.
Mr. Townsend Wolfe, former Executive Director of the Arkansas Arts Center invited Aj Smith to Little Rock, Arkansas in 1982 to become Artist-in-Residence. The Arkansas Arts Center now holds several of Aj Smith's art works in its permanent collection. The Arkansas Arts Center has honored Aj Smith with a solo exhibition of prints in 1983 and a 2006 solo exhibition of recent drawings. This link will take you to the Art Center's site where you can search their collection for Aj's work.
Aj Smith has lived in Little Rock, Arkansas since 1982 when he first became active in the Arkansas Arts Council programs. The Arts Council has continued to support the work of Aj Smith through several awards, honors, and grants.
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences commissioned Aj to paint the portrait of former U.S. Surgeon General, M. Joycelyn Elders, M.D. This watercolor painting hangs hangs in a historical display in the UAMS College of Medicine along with photographs and artifacts of Dr. Elders life.
Aj Smith has worked with Greg Thompson since the establishment of Greg Thompson Fine Art in the early 1990s.