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Todd C. Smith received his bachelors degree in Fine Art from Amherst College in Massachusetts in 2003. During his education there he began his work on the theme of tree-climbing. Since college Todd lived for a brief period in the Northwest before returning to his hometown of Louisville, KY for an art residency at the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts in 2007. Now residing in Louisville, he has been an apprentice member of Zephyr Gallery, participated in various local group shows and also exhibited in Ohio. Todd climbed a tree everyday for over 3 years and documented the project with photography, video and writing on his blog: He continues to explore this arboreal theme in various media.


Natalie Biesel & Todd Smith

October 4 – November 30, 2013
Bernheim Arboretum Education Center

All images are printed on aluminum by dye-sublimation
All prints are available in editions of 3
The images were captured using a digital camera shooting a long exposure photograph. The colors moving through the tree limbs represent the path of the artist’s climb. [...]

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Light Maps Bernheim

Light Maps Bernheim
New photo series by Natalie Biesel & Todd Smith

Sunday October 13th 2 – 4:30pm
Bernheim Arboretum, Education Center
2499 Clermont Road
Clermont, KY 40110
(502) 955-8512
Show runs October 4th – November 30th, 2013
This series was performed by Todd Smith and photographed by Natalie Biesel during Todd’s 2011-12 Artist-in-Residence at Bernheim Forest.

Also showing: Nori Hall’s Photoscapes

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Guapamacátaro Residency – Pt. 1

In March of this year I went to Mexico for an Artist-in-Residence at Guapamacátaro in Michoacán. This 3 week residency fosters collaboration with local residents and the artists selected live in a 150 year old hacienda.

Alicia Marvan is the director of the residency and has opened up her family’s country home for the last 8 [...]

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Thinking about Google Glass

As an artist who uses photography to document my experiences tree climbing I am intrigued by Google Glass. My experience with photography started in 2002 with a B&W film class in college using a Pentax K1000.

Digital was just developing and in 2005 I bought my first digital camera, the Pentax Optio MX4.

Learning on a [...]

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Why I make work about climbing trees, Part 1

12.01.2012 – I am in the process of applying for an MFA and it got me thinking about why I make art about climbing trees. It’s a long read and this is only the first part. I hope you stick around and enjoy!
Spring semester of my junior year at Amherst college I was sitting in [...]

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New Life for Nest

I was biking near the first nest I built. As I slowly went by I peered through the leaves to see the state of the nest and I saw a ladder. I circled around and sure enough someone had fashioned a ladder out of sticks and leaned it against the tree to the nest. It [...]

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Commission on Public Art – Louisville, KY

Here is the video of the On The Floor event that was held at Metro Hall in Louisville, KY on March 21 of this year. I was one of 5 cultural producers who presented a public art proposal for one of two public sites.

To fast forward to my presentation go to 48:00 – 56:00. Then [...]

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Bernheim Nest

The Bernheim Nest is up!
I started the residency at the beginning of October 2011. I knew I wanted to work with the idea of human nests and played with a few ideas before settling on a hornet-inspired design. I set the limitation of using only found materials and tools I already owned.

I wanted the material [...]

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Art Talk at Bernheim Jan 21 2pm

Art Talk with Todd Smith
Saturday January 21st 2012 @2:00pm
Bernheim Forest
2499 Kentucky 245 Clermont, KY 40110
(502) 955-8512
Please come out to hear about my experiences and see my latest artwork at the Education Building at Bernheim.
Invite friends and family and I look forward to seeing you there.
If you didn’t get a chance to see [...]

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Follow me

I am now a month into my art residency at Bernheim Forest in Clermont, KY. I will be tromping around the woods climbing trees and making art till the end of January. Please follow me on Twitter @dailyclimb to see updates images and more.

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