Alumni Memoir - Bob Smith, 2012

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Alumni Memoir - Bob Smith, 2012


  • 2012 (Creation)


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Bob D. Smith (ADVT 1958) submitted this 30-page memoir excerpted from "Introversion, Race & Art" at the suggestion of his friend Emerson Terry (ILLU 1953). It begins in 1954 with his discharge from the U.S. Army and application to the Art Center School. He relates his struggles as an African American student unfamiliar with the dominant (white) culture that is so ingrained in his fellow students and faculty. He also discusses defying friends and family who wanted him to teach. The essay ends with his first job search and the encouragement of his grandmother. Includes a summary of his 42-year career as a designer and illustrator.

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Copyright held by the author. Digital materials and catalog records are made available for educational and research purposes only and cannot be reproduced, distributed, or published without written permission from Art Center College of Design.

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