Kalamazoo artist Scott Smith has a way of connecting with his base by keeping the excitement of the holidays alive year-round. Influenced by antique Halloween and Christmas decorations, he puts a personal spin on these old ideas and has developed a style that is uniquely his own. Since childhood, Smith has been drawing, painting or creating something to make people smile. His art career flourished after graduating from the Burnley School of Professional Art and Design in Seattle, Washington. His education led to creating award-winning illustrations and graphic designs for major companies in the Pacific Northwest. Smith held positions as a designer, art director and project manager with the Weyerhaeuser Company Paper and Forest Products divisions for 15 years. In 2000, Smith opened his own studio, Rucus Studio, and focuses on sculpting characters. Rucus Studio has been featured in books and showcased in national magazines.
The exhibition and reception will be held at the Kresge Foundation Art Gallery inside the Riethmiller Blackman Art Building. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.