ULI SMITH

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Uli Smith is a self-taught visual artist and muralist living in Sacramento, California. Uli holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of San Francisco and worked in public health for nearly 10 years before transitioning to a full-time artist. Her health background informs her art practice as she believes in the capacity for art to heal people and spaces, and be a catalyst for social change. She seeks out opportunities at the intersection of public health and the arts through community-engaged murals and art education projects.

Uli aspires for her paintings to have a positive effect on people, uplift moods and energize souls. Her acrylic pieces are often optimistic and hopeful in expression, filled with vivid and bold color combinations, and graphic designs. Uli’s art commonly features nature, as she wants her art to pay tribute to the natural brilliancy of our environment and serve as a reminder to reconnect with and protect it. More recently, Uli has been exploring the barriers to her ancestral culture and using her art as an attempt to build a bridge and make a deeper connection with her Mexican heritage.
 

Thank you for being here.

Photo by Studio Lab Media

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EDUCATION

Self Taught Artist
Master of Public Health, University of San Francisco, 2019

RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE

Freelance Mural Artist  |  Sacramento, CA, May 2022 - Present
Program & Outreach Director  |  Neighborhood Wellness | Sacramento, CA, August 2021 – May 2022
Assistant Muralist  |  Community Murals Sacramento, City of Sacramento | Sacramento, CA, June 2021 - July 2022
Health Educator & Community Outreach Coordinator  |  UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center | Sacramento, CA, September 2019 – August 2021
California Creative Corps Program Development Community Panelist   |  CA Arts Council | Sacramento, CA, April 2022

EXHIBITIONS

“Biosphere” Group Exhibition, Arts to Hearts Project, International, December 2022

“Still” Group Exhibition, WAL Public Market Gallery, Sacramento, CA, November 2022

"Art at Work" Solo Exhibition, Blue Line Arts, Roseville, CA, August- October2022
Sacramento Open Studios, Ghost Ink Studios, Sacramento, CA, September 2022

"Unknown Ancestors" Solo Exhibition, Arthouse on R, Sacramento, CA, 2022

"Nature FIX" Art Installation, Coordinates: ICE PAC, Sacramento, CA, 2022

Verge Art Auction, Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, CA, 2021

Sacramento Open Studios, Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, CA, 2021

Member Show, Mills Station Arts & Culture Center, Rancho Cordova, 2021

MURALS

Where Flowers Bloom,  24' x 8’ Mural commission by Wide Open Walls for Bret Harte Elementary, Sacramento, CA, 2022

Kindness Lives Here, 24’ x 12’ Mural commissioned by Fulcrum Property for Kind West, West Sacramento, CA, 2022

Live Tropics, 4’x8’ Live Painting commissioned by Our Street Market, Sacramento, CA, 2022
Toucan Falls, Immersive Art Installation commissioned by Cerealism, Sacramento, CA, 2022
White Rabbit, 4’7” x 4’1” Mural at private residence, Sacramento, CA, 2022
Tibetan Bloom, 5’11” x 7’4” Mural commissioned by Evergreen Beauty and Wellness Collaborative,  Sacramento, CA, 2022
Crunch Island, 30’6” x 8’ 2”, 16’5” x 8’2”, & 13’4” x 8’ 2” Mural commissioned by Cerealism,  Sacramento, CA, 2022
La Calle, 15’ 1” x 7’ 11” Mural at private residence, West Sacramento, CA, 2022
Nature Nursery 2, 22'10" x 8’2" Mural commissioned by City Church of Sacramento, Sacramento, CA, 2022
Nature Nursery, 21’ x 10’2" Mural commissioned by City Church of Sacramento, Sacramento, CA, 2022
Hollywood Habitat, 98’5” x 21’4" Assistant artist on public, community engaged mural commissioned by City of Sacramento, Sacramento, CA, 2021
Quarantine Daydream, 9’ 5” x  8’ Mural at private residence, West Sacramento, CA, 2021

COMMISSIONS

“We Are Family” Digital Illustration for Meadowview Family Festival, Sacramento, 2022
“Feelings” Custom Air Force 1s for Improve Your Tomorrow’s Sneaker Ball Auction, 2022

“Superabundant” 46"x38", acrylic on canvas, Private Art Commission, Sacramento, CA, 2021
Art Supply Drive Collection Boxes, commissioned by Broad Room Creative Collective, Sacramento, CA, 2021
“Variegated Varieties” three 8"x10" acrylic paintings, commissioned by Cataphylls, Oak Park, 2021
Donated, Digital Illustration for Color Me Home coloring book, Friends of Front Street Shelter, 2021

PRESS

“Uli Smith”, Have a Dope Day Podcast, September 2022

“Mural Mural on the Wall”, Epiphany by Studio Lab, Issue 2, July 2022

Unknown Ancestors: Solo Exhibition, Arthouse on R Newsletter, July 2022

Coordinates: ICE PAC Installation, Good Day Sacramento, March 2022

Inside the Artist Studio, Interview by Mills Station Arts & Culture Center, 2021
Article in Grapevine Independent Newspaper, September, 2021
Conversations With Artists, Interview by Verge Center for the Arts, 2021
Featured in Broad Room Zine, Broad Room, August 2021