Lance L. Smith is a fine artist and illustrator based in Las Vegas, NV. Since completing their BFA at UNLV, Smith has been active both in and out of the studio. Multiple local and national group exhibitions have featured their work, including, The Majorie Barrick Museum of Art, Priscilla Fowler Gallery, Brett Wesley Gallery, The Studio, and VAST Space Projects. The subject matter of those pieces ranged from political satire and commentary about race to portraiture and popular culture. Smith’s work has attracted the attention of the media covering the arts in Las Vegas, including Paint This Desert, Nevada Public Radio, Las Vegas Review-Journal, and Desert Companion.
Recently, Smith is attended an awarded four-week residency at Arquetopia in Puebla, Mexico. Where they explored concepts of divinity against the backdrop of Mexico. Smith is also the Community Artist-in-Residence at The Majorie Barrick Museum of Art. There Smith creates art programming geared to enrich the Las Vegas community at large. Smith has also participated in community panels discussing their role as a Black Queer artist. Smith’s work uses drawing, painting, and performance to speak their lived experience with particular attention to the impact of racial and gender identities. Smith hopes their work can help give voice to marginalized people in artistic spaces.
Beyond the studio, Smith has sought to connect to Las Vegas’ creative community through facilitating educational workshops as a Teaching Artist with the Sprat Program in Partnership with Core Academy. As a volunteer, Smith has taught informal art classes for the Empowerment group at the Las Vegas LGBTQIA Center.
With successful solo exhibitions, including last years , “Moral Monsters” at the City Hall Gallery and “For Always,” at the Winchester Cultural Center Gallery, Smith’s work is gaining traction. Works that are now apart of the permanent collection of The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art as well as collected by the likes of RuPaul Charles.