Lydia Smith (she/her) was born in Chicago, Illinois and currently lives and works in Columbus, Ohio as she completes her MFA at The Ohio State University. She received her BA in Anthropology and Studio Art from Rice University, where she directed the student exhibition space, Matchbox Gallery. In 2015 she was awarded a Watson Fellowship to spend a year traveling outside of the United States researching how the landscape of burial sites can reflect varying cultural attitudes towards death. She has completed residencies at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Tyler School of Art, Denmark Arts Center in Maine, and the Yale School of Art Summer Session in Auvillar, France. She is currently a member of Automat Collective in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a recipient of a Global Arts + Humanities Graduate TeamFellowship at The Ohio State University. 

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