Inaugural Indiana Pottery Conference

Fort Wayne, IN

Drafting Dimensions

Canton Museum of Art, Canton, OH

Strictly Functional Pottery Juried Show

(showing work as the juror), Lancaster, PA

Vessels for Drinking

University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

NCECA 2019 Exhibitions

(Minneapolis, MN)
You got served
Alternate Endings II Bookends NCECA, Minneapolis
YOU AM I, Veronique Wantz Gallery
More Than That, Flaten Art Museum, St Olaf College
Amaco Ceramic Supply NCECA Exhibiton

Fruiting Bodies: An Exhibition of Contemporary American Ceramic Artists

Political Craft-Plough Gallery, Valdosta State University, Tifton, GA (2020)

Exhibition (Title tbd)

Gravity Gallery, North Adams, MA (2020)



Solo show at Ruth Reese Gallery, St. Louis, MO


Solo show at Shircliff Gallery, Vincennes University, IN


Solo show at Solomon Gallery, Youngstown, OH

New Cups

Solo show at Clay Art Vegas, Las Vegas, NV


FPOAFM Calico Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

[RE]Imagining Science

Esther Klein Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

NCECA 2018

Alternate Endings Bookends, Pittsburg. PA
Funk: American Dada, Manchester Craftsman Guild, Pittsburg PA
Container Show, Standard Ceramics, Pittsburg PA
Penn State Alumni Show Pittsburg, PA

Garden Party Table Top Exhibition

Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM


Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY


Vincennes University Vincennes, IN

Juror & Workshop

Conducted a workshop and juried a national competitive cup show, Clay Arts Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

Demo and lecture

Youngstown State University, Youngstown OH

Visiting Artist/Critic

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT


Domestic Mysteries

Exhibition at Yingge Museum of Ceramics, Taipei City, Taiwan

People of Color, Color of Clay

Exhibition at Baltimore Clay Works, MD

The Last Drop: Intoxicating Pottery, Past and Present

North Carolina Pottery Center in collaboration with the Chipstone Foundation of Milwaukee, WI


I was busy this year with workshops at...
Montgomery Community College Philadelphia, PA
Keene College, NH
Hartford Art School, Hartford, CT

Live Demonstrator, NCECA 2017

I have the honor of demonstrating on stage at this year's conference in Portland, OR


Allow Me: Facing Identity

Exhibition at the Fine Art Gallery, Southwestern University, TX

From the Wheel to the Wall

Exhibition at Garcia Squared Contemporary, Kansas City, MO

Poetics of Voids: Containers that Anticipate

Exhibition in Lawrence, KS


Conducted a workshop at Indiana University, Southeast


Turntablism two week teaching workshop

Haystack Mountain School Of Crafts Deer Isle, ME

Diverse, New and Dangerous: Political Ceramics

Lecturer panelist at NCECA 2015 Providence, RI


Planet Rock: A Group Exhibition


DO-DADS new works on display in Bloomintgon Sept. 5, 2014 at The I Fell Builing


Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital of Indianapolis public art work

Recently completed commission for the New Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital consisting of large scale ceramics tiles as part of a "destination" artwork for the third floor clinic of the Hospital.


Uncanny Congruencies

Penn State School of Visual Arts Alumni Exhibition
Palmer Museum of Art - The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

September 10th - December 15, 2013

This exhibition is accompanied by a full color catalog.


Malcolm Mobutu Smith "Improvisations"

An exhibition at the Evansville Museum of Art

The exhibition is presented in partnership with the
Indiana University Alumni Association Greater Evansville Chapter
in cooperation with
Tri-State Orthopaedics
Nicholson, McNamara & Assoc.
Merrill Lynch Advisors

and the
Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Association

February 10th - March 10th 2013

This exhibit consisted of 42 works covering 10 years including new works and is accompanied by a full color 8 page catalog.

here is a link to the local review with images


Inner City Inspiration at the iMOCA

Malcolm Mobutu Smith Exhibition at iMOCA

iMOCA Exhibition for Malcolm Mobutu Smith, April 1, 2011 - May 14, 2011
Opening reception Friday April 1st, 6:00 - 10:00PM, open and free to the public and in conjunction with the IDADA First Friday Art Tour.

Exhibition Title: "Inner City Inspiration: An Artist's Evolution in Clay"

Malcolm Mobutu Smith will be the featured artist in his ground-breaking exhibition titled "Inner City Inspirations: An Artist's Evolution in Clay". The show will provide an in-depth visual explanation of how his roots in the hip-hop and graffiti worlds have inspired and informed his development as an educator and acclaimed artist. The show will include a full-scale graffiti mural in collaboration with local graffiti writers, setting a visual stage for a broad sampling of three-dimensional ceramic vessels and sculptures, traversing his career as a contemporary ceramic artist.

Community partnerships include IPS School #2 Center for Inquiry grade school, located 725 N. New Jersey Street in downtown Indianapolis. Working with the art teacher, Ms. Daphne Draa, and the school's 5th and 6th grade art club, Smith will include an interactive component that that will engage the students in the creative process of ceramics and an introduction to his recent use of 3D modeling software. The museum will also host a series of artist led gallery talks that will be free and open to the public.

iMOCA (Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art) is located 1043 Virginia Avenue, suite 5, in Fountain Square, Indianapolis, Indiana. The museum features thought-provoking exhibitions showcasing the latest trends in contemporary art. The museum presents a new exhibition every two months and participates in the IDADA First Friday Art Tour. Hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11am - 6pm. For additional information and images, please contact Shauta Marsh, Assistant Director at or go to

Malcolm Mobutu Smith is Associate professor of Ceramic Art at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He earned his MFA degree from the New York College of ceramics at Alfred University in 1996. As an undergraduate, he studied at both the Kansas City Art Institute and Penn State University receiving his BFA in ceramics in 1994. The artist lecturers frequently and has conducted workshops at Purdue University, Parkland College, Syracuse University and Michigan State. His works are represented in numerous private and public collections. More on the artist at:

Mark J Ruschman
Exhibition Curator


Rendering and Meaning exhibit

School of Fine Arts (SoFA) Gallery at Indiana University will present Rendering and Meaning: Infinite Speed, Zero Errors & Total Memory: Creativity and Desire in the Digital Age, which will open February 24 and continue until March 13, 2009. This show represents the combined efforts of Anton Reijnders and myself exploring the creative potentials and intersections for ceramics and rapid prototyping technologies. We will give a Gallery Talk in the SoFA Gallery 3:00 pm, Friday, February 27. An Opening Reception will accompany the exhibit Friday, February 27 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. All events are free and open to the public.

Anton Rejinders is a ceramicist who lives and works in the Netherlands . Anton regularly leads workshops and involved as visiting artist in the Netherlands and abroad. He was head of the workshop and studio's at the European Ceramics Workcenter in Hertogenbosch (Nederland) and author of The Ceramic Process.
Rendering and Meaning was made possible by New Frontiers Visionary Scholar Grant "Infinite Speed, Zero Errors & Total Memory: Creativity and Desire in the Digital Age" through Indiana University Office of Vice Provost for Research(OVPR). A special thank you to Advanced Visualization Lab and UITS for their generous support.



A solo exhibition at the Ruschman Gallery

Ruschman Art Gallery in Indianapolis, Indiana is hosting a solo show of my recent clay works.


Anton Reijnders - New Frontiers Visiting Scholar

Anton Reijnders was a guest collaborator with me seeking meaning and intersections in the crafts with the emergent technology of CAD/CAM specifically focusing on 3D printing. While at IU we created works and mounted a exhibition, held a cross disciplinary symposium and provided master classes in ceramics.


Ceramics Monthly Feature article + Cover

Great news! Please see the October 2008 issue of Ceramics Monthly for an article on my work reviewed by critic Matthew Kangas.



An invitation exhibition at Santa Fe Clay
The BLING show at Santa Fe clay has some spectacular works celebrating and exploring the pop culture excesses expressed by the hip hop concept of bling.