Bayeté Ross Smith is an interdisciplinary artist, photographer, filmmaker and education worker, working at the intersection of photography, film & video, visual journalism, 3D objects and new media. He is Columbia Law School’s inaugural Artist-In-Residence, a Presidential Leadership Scholar, a TED Resident, a Creative Capital Awardee, and a CatchLight Fellow.
His work is in the collections of The Smithsonian Institution, the Oakland Museum of California, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and The Brooklyn Museum. He has exhibited internationally in places like Ghana, Belgium, China, Ukraine and Spain. His work has been featured at the Sundance Film Festival, the Sheffield Doc Fest and the L.A. Film Festival.
He has created public art projects with organizations such as the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, the Jerome Foundation, BRIC Arts Media, The Laundromat Project, the NYC Parks Department, San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and The California Judicial Council. His work has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, National Geographic Learning, PBS, Facing History & Ourselves, and the Philadelphia Inquirer and Charlotte Observer, in addition to books such as Dis:Integration: The Splintering of Black America (2010) and Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present (2009).
He is a faculty member at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He also helped launch and work with the Kings Against Violence Initiative, a hospital and school based violence prevention organization in Brooklyn NY.
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