Ravenwolf Gallery is an online gallery of fine art photography and ceramics showcasing the works of Suzanne Gonsalez-Smith and Wesley Smith.
SUZANNE GONSALEZ-SMITH was born and raised in Washington State. She is currently an Associate Professor in Photography at the University of North Dakota where she has taught photography since 2008. Before moving to North Dakota she was an Instructor of Art at Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington, KY. She received her BFA at the University of New Mexico and her MFA from the University of Kentucky. The imagery of Gonsalez-Smith's photographs contains the metaphor of memory and myth. Using the contemporary framework of her personal history and environment, she explores personal loss, religious and cultural identities and the duality of life, using symbolism to evoke the inevitability of our own mortality.
Ms. Gonsalez-Smith is the recipient of many grants and awards and exhibits on both the national and international level. She has exhibited works at The Main Street Gallery, Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, The Center for Fine Art Photography, The Midwest Center for Photography, The Chautauqua Center for the Arts, The Hampton Gallery, Circulo de Bellas Artes (The Circle of Fine Arts) Madrid, Spain, Atelier Gallery 030202, Bucharest, Romania, Borges Cultural Center in Buenos, Aires, Argentina, and The Kirkland Art Center in Clinton, NY to name a few.
Associate Professor Wesley L. Smith began teaching ceramics at the University of North Dakota in fall, 2006. He received his BFA at the University of Tennessee and his MFA at Texas Tech University. From 2003-2006 he was an Artist in Residence at Tennessee Tech University’s Appalachian Center for Craft. As long as he can remember, he has always loved mythology, science, science fiction, animals, machinery, tools, toys, and technology. It is the melding together and mutating of these subjects and ideas, which he is addressing in his work.
There is a sense of play and whimsy connected to children’s games and toys. These opposites present a constant challenge that inspires him. His work is the pursuit of new “realms of reality” and the objects and organisms within.
Most of Smith’s work (past and present) draws upon specific aspects of popular culture, rooted largely in science fiction and childhood toys. He is also working toward a synthesis or amalgamation of these with a constant influx of new information from television, cinema, and toys. Smith has exhibited in Hong Kong, Canada and throughout the United States. He has written for Ceramics Monthly, and has images of his work reproduced in the following books; 500 Bowls: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design, 500 Tiles: An Inspiring Collection of International Work, 500 Handmade Dolls: Modern Explorations of the Human Form, 500 Animals in Clay: Contemporary Expressions of the Animal Form, Handbuilding: Ceramics for Beginners and The Best of 500 Ceramics, by Lark Books.