Bayeté Ross Smith is an artist, photographer, and arts educator. Previously based in San Francisco, the artist currently resides in New York City.

Ross Smith’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally by the San Francisco Arts Commission, Oakland Museum of California, Rush Arts Gallery, Leica Gallery, MoMA P.S.1, Duetsche Bank, Goethe Institute (Ghana), and Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Poland). His collaborative film with the Cause Collective screened at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

Ross Smith’s accolades include fellowships and residencies with the Laundromat Project, Brooklyn, New York, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, North Carolina, the Kala Institute, Berkeley, California, and Can Serrat Art Center, Barcelona, Spain.

Ross Smith began his career as a photojournalist for Knight Ridder Newspaper Corporation in the 1990's. His photographs have been published in numerous books and magazines, including Dis:Integration: The Splintering of Black America (2010), Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present (2009), Black: A Celebration of A Culture (2005), The Spirit Of Family (2002); SPE Exposure: The Society of Photographic Education Journal, Black Enterprise, Working Mother Magazine, and the various publications of Village Voice Media.

As an educator, Ross Smith has taught college students, and mentored youth through community based art projects. He has worked with the International Center of Photography, California College of the Arts, and numerous K-12 and college level courses throughout the California Bay Area, and New York City.


M.F.A. 2004   Photography     California College of the Arts

B.S.    1999   Photography     Florida A & M University


2010   Create Change Artist-In-Residence – The Laundromat Project, Brooklyn, NY

2008   McColl Center Artist-In-Residence – McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC
           Kala Fellowship – Kala Art Institute, Berkeley CA
           Can Serrat International Art Center, Barcelona, Spain

2006   LEF Foundation, Supplemental Grant for Along the Way (Cause Collective)
           International Color Awards –Masters of Color Photography,
                     Finalist in sports category, Beverly Hills, CA

2004   Southern Exposure – San Francisco, CA Resident Artist, Mission Voices


2010   Bayeté Ross Smith: Our Kind Of People, beta pictoris gallery, Birmingham, Al
           Bayeté Ross Smith: Passing II, The Halls at Bowling Green, City College, New York, NY

2008   Pomp and Circumstance: First Time To Be Adults, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, S.F., CA

2007   Passing, Bluespace Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2003   Upwardly Mobile, The Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA


2008   Sundance Film Festival: New Frontiers Category    – Along the Way
           Pangaea Day: Organized by TED – Along the Way


2010   Wide Sargasso Sea, Duetsche Bank, New York, NY

2009   Posing Beauty: African American Images From the 1890’s to the Present, Gulf and Western Gallery, New York, NY
           1969, MoMA P.S. 1, Queens, NY
           The Evolution of Print, The Oakland Museum of California at Oakland International Airport, Oakland, CA
           Double Exposure, Depaul University Museum, Chicago, IL
           Re: Con-figure, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA

2008   Fall Artist-In Residence Exhibition, McColl Center For Visual Art, Charlotte, NC
           Off Color II, Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
           Residency Projects: Kala Fellowship Exhibition Part I, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA
           Along the Way, Temporary Museum of Permanent Change, Salt Lake City, UT
           Double Exposure, Museum of the African Diaspora, S.F., CA

2007   Face-Off, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY
           Lens On Life, S.F. Arts Commission, and Photo Alliance, City Hall, San Francisco, CA
           Memory and Place, NYU, New York, NY
           Off –Color, Diaspora Vibes Gallery, Miami, Fl
           Inchoate, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2006   Black Alphabet, Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw, Poland. Performance

2005   Framing The Triangle, Goethe Institute, Accra, Ghana
           Here and Now, the de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA
           Emerge 8, Gen Arts 8th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, the Warfield Building, S.F., CA
           Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, the Philadelphia African American Museum, Philadelphia, PA
           Retrospection, 511 Harrison, San Francisco, CA

2004   Coasticated, Punch Gallery, San Francisco, CA
           California College of the Arts MFA Show, CCA, San Francisco, CA
           Fluid Exchange, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

2003   Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, the Leica Gallery, New York, NY
           Brothers From Another Mother, Sergeant Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
           25 Under 25 Photographers, Gulf and Western Gallery, NYU, New York, NY


2010   Laundromat Project – New York, NY Boombox as Community Music and Sculpture

2008   The Imagine Bus Project – San Francisco, CA
           We Stand Together – Public Transit Poster series

2007   Along The Way, with the Cause Collective - Oakland Int’l Airport, Oakland, CA

2006   California Judiciary Council – San Diego, CA (Conference on Language Access in the Courts)
           Black Alphabet (Performance), Zacheta National Gallery - Warsaw, Poland

2002    Center For Art and Public Life and Far West H.S. - Oakland, CA Mural -Oakland, CA


2010   DisIntegration: The Splintering of Black America, (Cover), Eugene Robinson, Doubleday Publishing

           color blind, Bayeté Ross Smith, published by Maus Contemporary Art (beta pictoris gallery), and the artist; Bayeté Ross Smith,
           hardcover, 134 pages, 80 color photographs, with essays and texts by the artist, Carla Williams, Chana Garcia and and an interview
           of the artist by Kalia Brooks

2009   Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890’s to the Present, Deborah Willis, W.W. Norton & Co.

2008   SPE Exposure, Society of Photographic Education Journal

2005   Black Celebrating a Culture, Deborah Willis PhD, Hylas publishing Co. Inc

2003   25 Under25: Up and Coming American Photographers, Center for Documentary Studies & Power House Books

2002   Spirit Of Family, by Al & Tipper Gore. Henry Holt & Company, Inc.