Jo Smail | CV


b. 1943 in Durban, South Africa


1978 NHDAD. Johannesburg College of Art, Johannesburg, South Africa.
1975. NDAD. Johannesburg College of Art, Johannesburg, South Africa.
1963. BA.  University of Natal, Durban, South Africa.

Teaching: 1988 to present at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland. Previously taught at the University of Witwatersrand, the Johannesburg College of Art, and the Johannesburg Art Foundation, Johannesburg South Africa.


2004, 1995, 1991 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award (Painting)
2003 Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
2000 Residency, Rochefort-en-Terre, France
1996-1997 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.
1992 Maryland Institute College of Art, Trustees Teaching Award
1994, 1996 Residency Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Vermont
1989 Triangle Artist’s Workshop, Pine Plains, New York
1975 Cambridge Shirt Award, Art South Africa Today
1975 Abel Coetzee Award, Johannesburg College of Art.


2004 Heriard Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2004 Rockville Art Place. Rockville, MD
2004 Goya Girl Press & Contemporary Art Gallery, Baltimore, MD.
2003 Pinkard Gallery, MICA, Baltimore, MD.
2002 Goya Girl Press &  Contemporary Art Gallery, Baltimore, MD.
1997 Rockville Art Place.  Rockville MD.  Curated by Jack Rasmussen.
1990 55 Mercer Street, New York, NY.
1990 Ombondi Gallery, New York, NY.
1989 Ombondi Gallery, New York,NY.
1984 Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.
1981 Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.
1979 Association of Arts, Pretoria, South Africa.
1978 Gertrude Posel Gallery, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
1977 Guest Artist, Johannesburg Art Museum, South Africa.
1977 Fabian Fine Art, Cape Town, South Africa.


Inward Gazes  Curated by Cara Ober.  Goucher College, Towson, MD.
Trawick Prize Finalists  Creative Partners Gallery,  Bethesda, MD.
Prize Winners  Maryland State Art’s Council,  Baltimore, MD. Curated by Peter DeBeau.

Conversations  Collaboration with William Kentridge.  Curated by Barry Nemett   Evergreen House,  Baltimore, MD.
Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE.
 Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, Hartford, CO
Tufts University Gallery, Medford, MA
Bevier Gallery, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
Karl Drerup Gallery, Plymoth State University.  NH.

Breaking New Ground  Curated by Peter Brum.  The Wyman Arts Center, Baltimore, MD.

Fully Integrated  Curated by Y. Chung and Andrea Pollan. Degas Gallery, Mclean, VA.
The Fables of La Fontaine  Curated by Koren Christofides, Ken Tisa & Robyn Chadwick.
Exhibition Space of Temple University Rome, Italy.
The Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
The Meyerhoff Gallery, The .Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD.

Artists of the Alfred & Trafford Klotz Residency at Rochefort-en-Terre  Pinkard Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD.

Musee du Chateau de Rochefort-en-Terre  Morbihan, France.
Benefit Exhibition  Curated by Jack Rasmussen. MAP, Baltimore, MD.

The Untroubled Mind  Curated by Peter Brum. Vila Julie College, MD.

Chance and Necessity  Curated by Power Booth, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD.
Mclean Center for the Arts, VA.

Chance and Necessity Prints Goya Girl Press., Baltimore, MD.

WPA/Corcoran Art Auction  Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC.
Cross Currents ’98:  Pure View  Curated by Kristen Hileman. The Art Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
Artscape ’98:  Empowerment Zone Artists  City Hall Gallery, Baltimore, MD.
DelawareArt Museum Biennial ‘98  Wilmington, DE.
Not So Simple  Curated by Annie Gawlak, Gallery 901, Washington DC.

Artist as Collector  Curated by Bill Schmidt and Helen Glazer.  Goucher College, Baltimore,  MD.
Reunion Benefit Exhibition  Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD.
Out of the Ashes  Rosenberg Gallery Goucher College, Baltimore, MD.

Natalie Knight Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Maryland Institute, Then and Now, Curated by Barry Nemett. Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, Laurel,  MD.

New Realities  Curated by Patricia Patton.  Staib Gallery/Art Wall + B, New York, NY.
Maryland Institute, Then and Now  Josiah White Exhibition Center, Jim Thorpe, PA.
Works from the Garden Four Person Show. Curated by Jann Rosen-Queralt. School 33, Baltimore, MD.
Between the Sexes  Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD.

Trask Gallery, The National Arts Club, New York, NY.
Contemporary South African Art  Consulate General, New York, NY.

Triangle Artists  The Lorraine Kessler Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY.

Reverberations  Four Women Show, Frostburg University, Frostburg, MD.
Enigmatic Expressions Four Person Show, Curated by Charlotte Cohen, MAP, Baltimore, MD.

Maryland Art Place, Benefit.  Curated by Susan Badder.
Voices from South Africa.  Contemporary Art against Apartheid,  Stuart Levy Gallery New York, NY.

Triangle Artist’s Workshop, Pine Plains, NY.

Artscape Juried Exhibition, Baltimore, MD.

Artscape Juried Exhibition, Baltimore, MD.
Guest Artist Retrospective  Invitational Exhibition, Johannesburg Art Museum.
Cape TownTriennial  Juried Exhibition.  National Museum Tour SA.

Tributaries  Contemporary South African Art  Cross-cultural invitational exhibition. European tour
Women’s Festival of the Arts  Funda Gallery, Soweto. Gertrude Posel Gallery, Johannesburg.

Four Johannesburg Painters  National Touring Exhibition:  SA National Gallery, Cape Town.
University of the Orange Free State Gallery, Bloemfontein.
Pretoria Art Museum.
Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg.
Durban Art Gallery.

South African Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition, sponsored by BMW, SA.

Faculty, Fine Art Department, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.  Gertrude Posel Gallery.

Tel Aviv Art Fair  Israel.  Salon International d’art Tel Aviv.
Touring Exhibition, USA  Invitational Exhibition, SA Prints.
Renaissance ‘78  SA  Association of Art.  Johannesburg.
Preview Tel Aviv Art Fair exhibition  Total Gallery, Johannesburg.
Group show  Association of Art, Johannesburg.

Art South Africa Today Juried by Clement Greenberg. Biennial,  Durban.  SA Prize winner.

New Signatures Pretoria, SA.


Chase Manhattan Bank, Johannesburg
Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, NY
Durban Museum and Art Gallery
Gertrude Posel Collection, University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg Art Museum
Johannesburg Chamber of Industries
Mobil Corporation
National Gallery of South Africa, Cape Town
Premier Milling Group, Johannesburg
Pretoria Art Museum
University of the Orange Free State
University of South Africa
University of Stellenbosch
University of the Western Cape


J. Bowers, “Pink Freud,” Baltimore City Paper.  September 29, 2004
The Trawick Prize Catalog

Linell Smith, “Artistic Give and Take,” Baltimore Sun. 12/18/03
Influence & Collaboration in Contemporary Art (Exhibition Catalog), at the Evergreen House

Expo Franco-Americaine au Musee du Chateau  Review. Quest-France 7/5/00

Chance and Necessity,
review by Adam J. Lerner. Art Papers, March, April 1999

Review by Joe Shannon, Art in America, June 1998

“The Artist as Lobbyist,” Review by Michael O’Sullivan. The Washington Post. December 11, 1997 “Jo Smail at Rockville Arts Place,” Review by Ken Oda, KOAN Art Newsletter. November 1997
“Artists Collect the Darndest Things,” Review by John Dorsey, Baltimore Sun. November 25, 1997
“The Colors of War and Peace at Rockville Arts Place,” Review by Nancy Ungar, Montgomery Gazette, October 31, 1997
15th Anniversary Celebration Catalog, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD.
Annie Gawlak, Not So Simple. October 1997
Helen Glazer and Bill Schmidt, Artist as Collector. October 1997
Holly Selby, “Artistic Rebirth in Shades of Pink,” Baltimore Sun. April 13, 1997
Helen Glazer, Out of the Ashes, April 1997

“Maryland Institute is Gratifying Surprise,” Review by Adrienne Redd, The Morning Call, July 10
“Garden of Art,” Review by John Dorsey, Baltimore Sun, May 25, 1994

150 South African Paintings by  Lucy Alexander and Evelyn Cohen.  Struikhof, Cape Town, SA. p 152,  illustration and article.

Johannesburg Art and Artists:  Selections from a Century by Sheree Lissoos.  Catalogue.  Artist’s statement.  p 67.
Cape Town Triennial  Catalogue.
Tributaries:  A View of Contemporary South African Art  Catalogue. Artist’s statement.  p 43.

Jo Smail, illustration and interview by Hillary Prendini and Glynnis Underhill.  Style magazine, 3/85.

A Little Artistic Courage by John Dewar. Review.  Johannesburg Star, 8/8/84.
Jo Smail  Interview by Franka Severin.  Johannesburg Art Foundation News Letter, July ‘84.
FourPainters at National Gallery by Benita Munitz. Cape Times, 5/24/84.
Jo’burg Artists on Show by Eldred Green.  Cape Argus, 5/14/84.
Four Johannesburg Painters  Catalogue.  Artist’s statement.

Art and Artists of South Africa by Esme Berman.  p 49, 163, 166, 244, 300, 517, 519.  1983, . Balkema, Rotterdam and Cape Town.

How to go about Buying Local Art by Sharon Levin Style Magazine, p 97, 98, 101
A Painter who Knows her Own Mind by Joyce Ozynski.  Rand Daily Mail, 24/3/81.  

Jo Smail by Terence Maloon. Essay written for Solo show at Goodman Gallery.

Fighting Gloom at Wits by Joyce Ozynski. Express, 11/5/78.

Art in South Africa:  A Short Survey  Catalogue.