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Doug Smithenry
Highland Park, IL

About the Artist

Smithenry explores the notion that while we engage in a search for significance online, most of us have to live with the stark fact that neither fame nor notoriety will ever find us. His work asks us to consider how our technology consumes and distracts us from our off-line pursuits that ultimately make us the "somebodies" we are.

Smithenry’s traveling exhibition, Coming Out Online, an installation of paintings that document the online testimonials of queer teens, garnered an article in the Chicago Tribune, was discussed on Chicago Public Radio’s news magazine 848 and continues to tour…

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About the Artist

Smithenry explores the notion that while we engage in a search for significance online, most of us have to live with the stark fact that neither fame nor notoriety will ever find us. His work asks us to consider how our technology consumes and distracts us from our off-line pursuits that ultimately make us the "somebodies" we are.

Smithenry’s traveling exhibition, Coming Out Online, an installation of paintings that document the online testimonials of queer teens, garnered an article in the Chicago Tribune, was discussed on Chicago Public Radio’s news magazine 848 and continues to tour in various academic venues. His work has been reproduced in Harper’s Magazine and The Common Review. He was a featured artist during Chicago Artist’s Month in 2009 and received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Grant Recipient in 2005

Having grown up on a dairy farm in South-Central Illinois, Smithenry now resides in Highland Park, Illinois, with his husband and their two children.

Artist’s Work

Sheriff
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Sheriff

By Doug Smithenry

Average joes
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Average Joes

By Doug Smithenry

Doug
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Doug

By Doug Smithenry

Hazmat 4
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Hazmat 4

By Doug Smithenry

Billboardman 1
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Billboardman 1

By Doug Smithenry

Pinkyholders
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Pinkyholders 1

By Doug Smithenry

Sermon
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Sermon

By Doug Smithenry

Pinkyholders 4
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Pinkyholders 4

By Doug Smithenry

Pinkyholders 3
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Pinkyholders 3

By Doug Smithenry

Coming up close 2
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Coming Up Close

By Doug Smithenry

Nathan 1
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Nathan 1

By Doug Smithenry

Nathan 3
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Nathan 3

By Doug Smithenry

Billboardman 2
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Billboardman 2

By Doug Smithenry

Gd prophet
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GD Prophet

By Doug Smithenry

Pinkyholders 2
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Pinkyholders 2

By Doug Smithenry

Fisherman 1
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Fisherman 1

By Doug Smithenry

Nathan 2
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Nathan 2

By Doug Smithenry

Nathan 4
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Nathan 4

By Doug Smithenry

Nathan 5
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Nathan 5

By Doug Smithenry

Fisherman 2
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Fisherman 2

By Doug Smithenry

Hazmat 1
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Hazmat 1

By Doug Smithenry

Hazmat 2
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Hazmat 2

By Doug Smithenry

Hazmat 3
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Hazmat 3

By Doug Smithenry

Selected Exhibitions

  • Governor's State University
    Chicago, IL, 2015
  • Packer Schopf Gallery
    Chicago, IL, 2011
  • Center on Halsted
    Chicago, IL , 2009
  • Viveza Gallery
    Seattle, WA, 2006
  • Kansas City Artist's Coalition
    Kansas, MO, 2003

Press and Accolades

  • Chicago Tribune
    June 5, 2009
  • WBEZ Chicago Public Radio
    June 10, 2009
  • Harper's
    May 2003

Education

  • Washington University in St. Louis, MFA
    St. Louis, MO,1991 
  • University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, BFA
    Champaign, IL,1989 
  • Pratt Institute,
    Brooklyn, NY,1986