Dr. Edwin M. E. Smith
Edwin M. E. Smith is a Bermudian artist and art educator. His mixed media artwork and illustrations can be found in collections internationally and has been included in Biennial Exhibitions hosted by the Bermuda National Gallery.
Dr. Smith is the author of ‘Imagemaking and the Bermudian Artist’, a book that presents a unique, critical and celebratory perspective on Bermuda’s visual art. Along with his family, under the name artsmithsbda, he has also published ‘Pawpaw Bermuda’ a hybrid book of recipes and fine art that highlights the unique place of pawpaws in Bermuda’s social history.
Dr. Smith’s professional experience includes corporate graphic design and three decades of teaching studio art and art history from elementary school through to university. Since 1998, He has taught in the Art & Design Programme at Bermuda College. His responsibilities include curation for the College’s Art Gallery. He has served for many years as Chairman for the Bermuda Society of Arts Bursary Awards and as Chairman of the Visual Arts Committee for Teen Service’s Outstanding Teen Awards. His art involvement also includes Deputy Chair of the Bermuda Arts Council, membership on the Acquisition Committee and the Exhibition Committee for the Bermuda National Gallery, and past membership on the Board of Governors for the Bermuda Society of Arts of which he was a former co-president. Dr. Smith holds graduate degrees from Andrews University and Savannah College of Art & Design and a Ph.D in Fine Arts from Texas Tech University.
Otto Trott was born in Bermuda. He grew up in St. George’s. He was taught by Charles Lloyd Tucker, at the Berkeley Institute. Mr. Tucker would paint in the art room and took his classes to exhibitions at City Hall. This exposure to art inspired Otto to become an artist. Otto himself eventually taught at the Berkeley Institute for 8 years.
Otto painted “en plein air” for most of his early career. He mainly worked in watercolour until he went to the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1983. There Otto began working in oil paint. Otto continued working outdoors and could be seen going to painting sites with his easel and canvas strapped in his bike’s basket. Otto began working in the studio in 1991 where he began to paint Bermudians at work and at play. People especially enjoy how Otto paints water. Some of his most popular paintings depict Flatts.