“Every time an artist dies, part of the vision of mankind passes with him.”
— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
On Thursday, December 9, 2021, Clarice Smith — whose talents and generosity made an indelible impact upon American art, culture, and philanthropy — passed away at the age of 88.
Mrs. Smith’s departure has come in the midst of producing a book of her artwork that will memorialize her love of France. Souvenirs of the Riviera features more than a dozen paintings and watercolors with text from son and collaborator, David Bruce Smith. We look forward to celebrating her extraordinary life in February, 2022.
While Mrs. Smith is well-known locally from the extensive performing arts center that bears her name at the University of Maryland, the Smith Hall of Art at George Washington University, and a distinguished lecture series at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art — as well as other philanthropic ventures — she is also an internationally recognized painter. Working professionally for over 40 years, she had numerous solo exhibitions in prestigious galleries in the United States, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and abroad, in London, Paris, Zurich, Maastricht, and Jerusalem.
You can view her work and additional accomplishments here.
Obituary for Clarice Rae Smith
Washington Post: Clarice Smith, artist and D.C. philanthropist, dies at 88