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Eloise's Resume

RESUME Eloise Pickard Smith
Born: August 6, 1921
Durham, North Carolina
Married: July 11 z1942 to Page Smith, Historian, Author, Teacher


  • Durham High School, Durham, NC - Studied art four years with Mary L. Mason. Graduated 1940
  • Queens College, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Art Students League, New York, NY 1942
  • National scholarship winner, studied with Kuniyoshi, Bridgeman, Brackman and Kantor
  • Women's College, Accelerated learning program, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
  • Beaufort Summer Art Colony, Beaufort North Carolina
  • Four semesters with Gregory Ivy
  • Santa Monica City College, Santa Monica CA - ceramics and glazes
  • University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC), Santa Cruz, CA - bronze casting
  • Sonoma State College, Sonoma, Ca - Art therapy and Arts-in-Education

Consistent practicing artist, integrating the arts into all aspects of my personal, family and community life.





COLLECTIONS - partial list


I have been active in the arts, personally and in my community, all of my life. My four grown children are artists. In 1963 my husband, Page Smith, was asked by the Regents of the University of California to be the Provost of Cowell College, the first campus at the University of California at Santa Cruz. I founded and directed the Cowell Gallery there, mounting over 50 museum quality exhibitions. The Regents named the gallery the Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery when my husband and I left the University.
Governor Jerry Brown appointed me the Director of the newly formed California State Arts Council. In my research into how the State Arts Council could affect other state agencies I became interested in the use of the arts for rehabilitating the incarcerated. I raised money for a pilot project at Vacaville Prison and with the help of the inmates employed a teacher/coordinator for this successful program, now in all state prisons. California's prison arts programming is a model nationally. I raised funds for the first arts pilot project for the California Youth Authority (YA). the YA Director's office has appointed an arts advisory committee to replicate the successful Corrections program.
I deeply believe that the arts are the best vehicle for teaching transferrable skills and for raising self esteem in the incarcerated. They are an effective tool for social change. They involve, if properly taught, problem solving situations. I hope the day of "pot holder making and lanyard tying is over" at least in California. Given the opportunity, the general prison population as I see it, is anxious to have meaningful programming. They are responsive, grateful, and above all, incredibly creative. "There is a direct link between the trouble maker and the creative mind." says Lois Wu, who taught art at San Quentin prison. They need positive outlets for this creative energy.
I have been involved in long range planning for the arts in my own community through County Arts Commission activities. My emphasis is on arts-in-education for children. I have taught children most recently at Art School Santa Cruz.

To Whom It May Concern:

Over the five year period from approximately 1967 to 1972 I "hung" the following exhibits in Cowell College. This list is not in order. The insurance lists would be a reference for the order in which the exhibitions took place.

1. William Dole Collage, Paintings and Drawings
2. Selections from the Gifford Phillips Collection/ California Painters of the 50's including Diebenkor, Edmondson, Woelffer, Mullican, Johnston, Lobdell, etc.
3. Drawings/ A Loan Exhibition from the Los Angeles County Museum. Matisse, Veronese, Holbein, Augustus John, Derain, Burne-Jones, De Momper Cassett, Grimaldi, Grosz, Millet, Rosetti, Rouault, Altoon
4. Morris Graves Paintings and Preliminary Drawings. These were from his Birds Maddened by the War series. These works were accompanied by taped and transcribed remarks that Morris Graves made about these particular works.
5. Sister Mary Corits I.H.M.. Two exhibits
6. William Brice Two separate exhibits. Colored Lithographs and Drawings
7. Corda and Jack Zajac A retrospective of the Sculptures of Jack and the Drawings of Corda
8. Marion Seawell Paintings and Drawings
9. Ben Sakaguchi Etchings and Paintings
10. Thomas George Ink Paintings and another exhibition of Paintings
11. Ruth Marion Baruch/Pirkle Jones Photographs of the Plack Panthers
12. Sam Amato Paintings
13. Stanley Boxer and Joyce Weinstein Paintings and Pastels
14. Jean Oxenhandler Paintings
15. Nancy Genn Sculptures/Paintings/Lithigraphs (colored)
16. Barbara Embree Watercolors
17. Roy De Forest Paintings
18. Helen Salz Paintings/Drawings/Pastels
19. Eduardo Paolozzi Colored Lithographs/Sculptures
20. Allan Blizzard Paintings
21. Joseph St. Armand Portraits Peter Haan Sculptures
22. Princess Marie Anne Poniatowska Drawings
23. Barbara Rees Collage
24. Beatice Thompson's Students Work
25. Our so called Personal Collection
26. German Expressionist Prints from the Grunwald Collection UCLA
27. Weavings from the collection of Anne Blinks with Al Johnsen's Pottery
28. Contemporary Paintings from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Rauchenberg, Diebenkorn, H. Smith
29. Faculty Exhibition
30. Early Eskimo Prints from Cape Dorsett
31. Prints from the collection of Dr. Ludwig Seltzer. Picasso, Hundertwasser, All of the German Expressionists of note.
32. Many student exhibition stemming from workshops (for which I raised the money) to what I considered unique bodies of work done by young students who needed the recognition of having their things in a "gallery" so to speak.