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Emily Sullivan Smith

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Art and Design


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Emily Sullivan Smith is an Assistant Professor of Foundations at the University of Dayton, she serves as the coordinator for the Foundations program. Having earned her B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees from Kent State University in printmaking, her teaching experience includes Two-Dimensional and Three-Dimensional Design, Drawing, Sculpture and all levels of Printmaking including relief, monoprint, serigraphy and intaglio. She has taught with Kent State University, The College of Wooster as well as with The Akron Art Museum and for several non-profit organizations.

Emily has been an active participant in technology integration in the fine arts classroom, and has successfully incorporated iPads into Foundations curriculum. She views art making and design as an all encompassing and integrated experience. Her aim as an educator is to provide experiences for students, allowing them to use all of their capabilities in observing the world around them and learn to reflect their observations using visual languages.

Faculty Perspective

I believe that teaching is an active, multi-disciplinary adventure, whereby the instructor’s role is to facilitate opportunities and pose questions aimed at encouraging awareness and engagement. The classroom is a place for students to discover their own capabilities, observe the world around them, gain exposure to methods and materials, build practical knowledge of processes, hand skills and context, but overall to become knowledgeable, engaged, articulate, clear thinking, problem-solvers.

I think one of the things about being an artist you should be allowed to test murky, unclear, and unsure territory or all you have left are substitutes that signify these positions.
- Judy Pfaff


  • M.F.A. Printmaking, Kent State University, Kent, OH, 2010
  • B.F.A. Printmaking, Kent State University, Kent, OH, 2004

Professional Activities

  • Zygote Press
  • Akron Art Museum
  • College Art Association
  • Mid America Print Council

Research Interests

  • Foundations in Visual Arts
  • Integrated Teaching: Traditional and Contemporary Methods
  • Professional Development
  • Printmaking (non-toxic)
  • Sculpture and Installation
  • Color Theory
  • Minimalism
  • Museum and Gallery Installation / Art Handling

Selected Presentations & Publications


Printmaking Demonstration and Lecture in conjunction with Multiplicity, Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH

Printmaking for Art Educators, Northeast Region of the Ohio Art Education Association, Kent, OH


Printeresting, Studio Visit: Emily Sullivan

Selected Exhibitions


Really Big Prints, Rahr-West Art Museum, Manitowok, WI (upcoming)

Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, Two Rivers WI (upcoming)

Working Artists, Juried Exhibition, Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH


All That Glitters, Black Balloon Editions, Cleveland, OH

Non-Sequitor, window installation, Black Balloon Editions, Cleveland, OH

Print International 4 Juried Exhibition, Shy Rabbit Contemporary Arts, Pagosa Springs, CO


Gold, Sandusky Cultural Center, Sandusky, OH

Fellow Travelers, Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH

Dimensional, William Busta Gallery, Cleveland, OH


w/ wo rds, Snowflake Gallery, St. Louis, MO


19, 6th Annual Invitational Exhibition, Asterisk Gallery, Cleveland, OH

Lake Effect, Heights Arts, Cleveland, OH

Copy Jam, Printeresting at Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, Philadelphia, PA


Franz Masereel Centrum Archive, Kasterlee, Belgium