Patrick Smith is a multi-talented installation artist and filmmaker who studied at The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has been working as an independent animator in New York City for the last decade. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico 1972, youngest of five, son of fur trapper turned naval officer, Smith moved about the United States growing up.
Smith, an institution at today’s International Film Festival circuit, has written, produced, and directed five award-winning films from 2000-2006. His latest work, "Puppet" is a traditionally animated film that premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. Smith’s bizarre, morphing style tells symbolic stories of identity and emotion, and has extended beyond film. His Public Installations, featuring numerous unclothed figures, piled on top of one another creating large shapes, have earned the artist a multitude of accolades outside the world of animation.
Smiths' legendary reputation as an animation director has led to major commercial contracts with Disney, MTV Networks, Nickelodeon, Pfizer, and a multitude of other clients world-wide. His directorial debut was for the Emmy nominated MTV series "Down-Town”, continuing on to direct the popular animated series "Daria." Smith was included in the "Best of 2003" from ArtForum Magazine, for his iconic illustration and animation work for Pfizer.
Smith is also a Professor and Senior Thesis advisor at the Pratt Institute in New York, a fellow with the New York Foundation of the Arts, and a curator for multiple international film and animation festivals. His studio is located in Tribeca, New York City.
Bachelor of Art Degree, 1994, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts.
EXHIBITIONS (Partial List)
Retrospective, Plymouth Film Festival, Massachusetts, 2006.
Retrospective, Black Point Film Festival, Wisconsin, 2005.
Retrospective, Sol Film Festival, Norfolk, Virginia, 2005.
Retrospective, Portand Animation Festival, Portland, Oregon, 2004.
Group Exhibition, National Museum of Photography, Film & TV, UK, 2004.
Group Exhibition, Orange County Museum of Art, 2004.
Group Exhibition, Toronto Moving Image Society, Toronto, Canada, 2004.
Group Exhibition, Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, New York City, 2004.
Group Exhibition, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California, 2002.
Group Exhibition, Mt. San Jacinto College Art Gallery, Temecula, California, 2002.
FILM/VIDEO EXHIBITIONS (Partial List)
2005 Annecy Animation Festival, France.
2005 Ottawa Animation Festival, Canada.
2004-2005 China Int. Digital Arts Festival
2005 Festival des Tres Courts, France.
2003 Rimini Cartoon Club, Italy
2003 Pusan Int. Film Fest, Korea
2003 Lausanne Film Fest, Switzerland
2003, 2005 Cordoba Festival, Argentinia
2002 Sydney Int. Animation Festival2000
2002 Melbourne Int. Film Festival
2001, 2005 Cleveland Int. Film Festival
2001 Leeds Int. Film Festival, UK
2001 Anima Mundi, Brazil
2000, 2005 Athens Int. Film Festival
2000 Clermont Ferrand, France
2000 Ajijic Festival, Mexico
“Puppet” Animation 2006.
“Handshake” Animation 2004.
“Moving Along” Animation 2004.
“Delivery,” Animation 2002.
“Drink,” Animation 2000.
“Oblivious,” Animation, 1994.
AWARDS/HONORS (Partial List)
Best Animated Film, Garden State International Film Festival, 2006.
Best Animated Film, Savannah Film Festival, 2006.
Best Animated Film, Temecula Valley International Film Festival, 2005.
Best Animated Film, Long Island Film Expo, 2005.
First Place. ASIFA-East (Association Internationale du Film d'Animation) 2005.
Best Animated Film, Myrtle Beach Film Festival, 2005.
Best Animated Film, Spindletop Film Festival, Llamar University 2005.
Best Animated Film, Golden Film Festival, 2005.
Best Animated Film, Northampton International Film Festival, 2004.
Jurors Prize, China International Cartoon and Digital Arts Festival, 2004.
Best Animated Film, Urban Media Makers Film Festival, 2004.
Jurors Prize, “Oz” Award from the Chicago Animation Festival, 2003.
Best Debut Film, New York Film Expo, 2003.
Fellowship Grant. New York Foundation for the Arts, 2002.
First Place. ASIFA-San Fran (Association Internationale du Film d'Animation) 2001.
Jurors Choice Award. Holland Animation Festival, 1996.
Bronze Award. BDA(Broadcast Design Assoc.),1996.
Grant. Cable Endowment of Springfield Public Service Grant, 1994.
LECTURES/PUBLIC ENGAGEMENTS (Partial List)
Lecture/Sceening. University of the Arts, Philadelphia, 2006.
Lecture/Screening. Maryland Institute College of Art, 2006.
Lecture. Savannah College of Art and Design, 2005.
Lecture/Screening. Delaware College of Art and Design, 2005.
Jury Member, Hamptons International Film Festival, 2005.
Lecture. The Art Institute of Philadelphia, 2005.
Lecture. The Cooper Union, New York City, 2005.
Lecture. Portland Indepependent Animation Festival, 2004.
Panelist. Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canada, 2004.
Jury Member. University of Massachusetts Jr./Sr. Show, Amherst, Massachusetts, 2004.
Panelist. Atlanta International Film Festival, Atlanta, Georgia, 2004.
Panelist. Lake Placid Film Festival, Lake Placid, New York, 2004.
Lecture. School of Visual Arts, New York City, 2004.
Jury Member. New York Expo of Short Film, New York City, 2001.
Pratt Institute, Senior Thesis Advisor, Presently Teaching.