About Celia

Celia Smith, born Celia Munoz Bueno, is a graduate of the University of Madrid, Spain, her country of origin, and has been a resident of the US for many years.

She sketches from nature and people, and composes paintings that tell stories, or impart feelings or ideas. Other works are landscapes that capture the essence of a place, while others are simply fun and whimsical.

While some of her work is done on commission, Celia is an active participant in juried shows and art fairs, from which she has received numerous awards and cash prizes.

Acrylic on linen, canvas and paper; ink drawings; hand-pulled woodcuts.

2022 Schedule: Exhibits, Art Fairs 

ART IN THE PARK,  September 24 & 25, Lawrence, South Park on Massachusetts St.

PHOENIX GALLERY, Lawrence, KS, Preview Show of Art in the Park, August 26 - September 25
OPEN STUDIO:  LAWRENCE ARTWALK  (not this year, will be back in 2023)

​ BIZARRE BAZAAR 2022, November 25  (5-9 pm) and 26, (9 am-5 pm), at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New
        Hampshire St., Lawrence

ALL MEMBER SHOW of Lawrence Art Guild, Nov.  to Jan.  2022, at the Cider Gallery, Lawrence, KS

HOLIDAY ART FAIR, December   , at the Cider Gallery., Lawrence.

Awards, Honors & Recognition

2019   Featured Artist, Lawrence ArtWalk, Lawrence, KS
2016    Featured Artist, Art in the Park art fair, Lawrence, KS.
2011    My painting "Moby Dick" becomes part of the Permanent Collection at the New Bedford Whaling                        Museum, New Bedford, MA.
2010    Painting Award, Hidden Glen Art Festival, Olathe, KS.
2009    Award of Merit, 2009 Heartland Artist Exhibition, Merriam, KS.
2008    Phoenix Award in the Visual Arts. Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission, Lawrence, KS.
2008    Award of Excellence, Mosaics, St. Charles, MO.  
2008    Best of Show Award. Arts for All, Lawton, OK.
2007    Best of Show Award. Arts for All, Lawton, OK.
2006    Best Two-Dimensional Work of Art Award, Mulvane Mountain/Plains Art Fair, Washburn University,             Topeka, KS.
2005    Chosen to create the Phoenix Awards by the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission, Lawrence, KS.
2004    Second Place Award. Art in the Park, St. Joseph, MO.
1999    Best Two-Dimensional Work of Art Award. Mulvane Mountain/Plains Art Fair, Washburn University,             Topeka, KS.
1998    Cash Award. Culture Without Borders, Visual and Liberal Arts Exhibit and Travelling Show, Kansas City,             MO.
1997    Artist of Excellence Award. Riverbend ArtFair, Atchison, KS. 
1996    First Place Award in Two-Dimensional Works of Art. Heartland Art Fest, St. Joseph, MO.
1996    Special Merit Award. Religious Art Show XIV, Mission, KS.
1996    My painting “Moby Dick” was chosen for inclusion in the touring art exhibition "Unpainted to the Last:             Moby Dick and American Art, 1940-1990.” Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS.
1994    Best of Show Award. Art in the Park, Lawrence, KS.
1992    Artwork commissioned for EXPO ’92, Kansas City-Seville, in the World Exhibition, Seville, Spain.
1992    Award for Opaque Painting Kansas River Valley Art Fair, Topeka, KS.
1991    Best Two-Dimensional Work of Art Award, Art in the Park, Lawrence, KS
1991    Winner, Celebration of Cultures Corporation Poster Contest, Lawrence, KS.
1991    Featured Artist, Kansas River Valley Art Fair, Topeka, KS.
1991    Professional Development Grant from the Kansas Arts Commission.
1989    First Place Award, Religious Art Show, Mission, KS.
1988    Work included in The Best of Kansas Arts and Crafts, KS Dept. of Commerce.
1987    Jurors’ Award, Gallery 87, Kansas City, MO.
1981    First Place Award, Wyandotte County Art Association Show, Kansas City, KS.
1964    First Show! Noskin Gallery, Albuquerque, NM.

Educational Background
  • Escuela de Artes y Oficios, Madrid. Studied drawing and working with clay under Angel Ferrant.
  • Universidad de Madrid.  Licenciatura, Filosofia y Letras. Specialization: History and History of Art.
  • Lawrence Arts Center.  Painting and drawing workshops.
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