Jim S. Smoote II
Jim S. Smoote II, born December 4, 1950 in Grenada, Mississippi. I moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1956. Educated in the Chicago Public School system. I earned a BFA and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago with dual degrees in Textile Design, and Art Education. I taught high school, and elementary art in the Chicago Public School system for 35 years (now retired). During that time, I produced mixed-media textiles that have been exhibited internationally (North America, South American, Europe, Africa and Asia). Generally my work explores humor, contemporary urban images, pop cultural references, can be political or provocative, all through the use of traditional techniques (patchwork, applique quilting) with non-traditional (drawing, painting, digital printing) techniques, and materials.