Curriculum Vitae

b. Durham, North Carolina / 1979


Duke University, Master of Arts (Experimental and Documentary Arts / 2014-2016
George Washington University, Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) / 1997-2001

Professional Experience

Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, Dos Avocados, LLC / Octover 2021-present
Digital Content Producer and Social Media Manager, Cary Academy / January 2019-November 2021
Student Programs Manager, Kenan Institute for Ethics / July 2016-August 2018
Project Manager, Art of the MOOC / January 2015–January 2016
Project Manager, Creative Time Summit, Venice Biennale / January-August 2015
Assistant Director, Duke University Center for International Studies / June 2007-August 2014
Manager, Research and Communications, Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs / June 2001-June 2006
Research Associate/Chief Graphic Designer, Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs  / February 1998-May 2001
Assistant Photographer, Sports Endeavors / March-August 1997

Solo Exhibition and Installations

‘Representing the Void,’ Duke Chapel, Durham, NC / November 15, 2017
‘A Mess of Feesh: Food Family and Fishing on Harkers Island,’ Core Sound Waterfowl and Coastal Heritage Museum, Harkers Island, NC / April 3 – August 12, 2017
‘A Mess of Feesh,’ Carrack Modern Art, Durham, NC / March 22–April 2, 2016
‘small caliber wounds,’ Smith Warehouse, Duke University / December 8, 2014
‘Bare: Conversations on Human Art – Photographs and Oral Histories on the Nude by Dan Smith,’ Carrack Modern Art / August 12-23, 2014

Group Exhibitions

‘The Carrack’s Final Community Show’ Carrack Modern Art, Durham, NC / August 20-September 21, 2019
‘There’s Content’ Rubenstein Photography Gallery, Duke University, Durham, NC / March 3– June 20, 2017
‘Documentary Arts and the Photographic Tradition: A View from Duke University’ China Photography Festival, Beijing, China / November 4 & 5, 2016
‘Beyond: Cameras,’ Horace Williams House, Chapel Hill, NC / October 4-26, 2015
‘phone home Durham,’ Power Plant Gallery / July 14-August 22, 2015
‘evolutions | digressions,’ Power Plant Gallery, Durham, NC / May 7-15, 2015
‘Justify Sinners,’ Duke University, Durham, NC / April 19, 2015
‘Eros / Thanatos,’ 305 S. Dillard Street, Durham, NC / February 13, 2015
Summer Community Exhibition, Carrack Modern Art / June 2013
Spring Community Exhibition, Carrack Modern Art / March 2013
Winter Community Exhibition, Carrack Modern Art / December 2012
Community Auction, Carrack Modern Art, Durham, NC / October 2012

Invited Panels and Lectures

“Food, Family and Fishing: 10,000 years on the Core Sound,” Southern Foodways Alliance. Oxford, MS / September 20–22, 2016
‘Theory of Pedagogy,’ Creative Time Summit / November 14-15, 2015
‘Hidden Stories of Abandoned Places,’ NC Museum of History / September 4, 2015
‘The Photoshoot as Performance Art,’ Carrack Modern Art / August 18, 2014

Written Publications

Smith, D.V. “A Mess of Feesh,” Bit & Grain. April 20, 2016.
Smith, D.V. “Fundamentals,” Clear Nude 2014; 1(III): 68-70.
Smith, D.V. “On Process,” Clear Nude 2014; 1(I): 18-26.
Smith, D.V. “‘A lonely impulse of delight:’ Frustrations of Modern Military Life,” Journal of International Security Affairs 2002; 3(1), 111-114.

Photographic Publications

Revista Samuel; May 2013.
Duddy, Patrick. Progress in Chavismo-Entrenched Venezuela Will Be Slow. The New York Times; January 3, 2013


Archive of Documentary Arts, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University
Core Sound Waterfowl and Coastal Heritage Museum, Harkers Island, NC
Laura Richie
Timothy R. Walter
Brenda & Frank Van Orsouw
Private collectors in Charlotte, NC and Montreal, QC

Teaching Experience

Project Manager/Teaching Assistant, Art of the MOOC / 2015 – 2016
Workshop Instructor, Duke University Arts Annex / Fall 2015
Teaching Assistant, Visual Studies Senior Capstone / Spring 2015

Curatorial Experience

‘Workers Dreaming’ by elin o’Hara slavick, Keohane-Kenan Gallery, Durham, NC / July–December 2018
What is Good Art?
, Keohane-Kenan Gallery, Durham, NC / April-August 2018
Yarders, Keohane-Kenan Gallery, Durham, NC / January-April 2018
Greetings from Sunny Cuba, Keohane-Kenan Gallery, Durham, NC / October-December 2017
Make Your Mark, Keohane-Kenan Gallery, Durham, NC / March-April 2017
Dear Companion, Keohane-Kenan Gallery, Durham, NC / January-March 2017
Nests of the Nu-Ahong, Keohane-Kenan Gallery, Durham, NC / September-December 2016
Walking in Quicksand – Afghans in Greece, John Hope Franklin Center Gallery, Durham, NC / August-September 2012

Visual Skills

Chemical photography (35mm, 120mm, alternative processes)
Digital photography (traditional & infrared)
Black and white darkroom processing and printing
Digital photo editing (Photoshop, Aperture, Lightroom, Nik Suite)
Digital cinematography (HD & 4K)
Chemical cinematography (16mm)
Non-linear video editing and color grading (Final Cut Pro X, Apple Motion, Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve)
Digital illustration (Illustrator CC)
Graphic design for print and screen (InDesign, Acrobat)
Studio lighting for still and motion pictures

Technology Skills

Web design and administration via Apache, BIND, CSS, HTML, MySQL, PHP and WordPress
UX design and prototyping with Sketch and InVision
3-D modeling with SketchUp, FreeCAD, TinkerCAD
3-D printing with Cura, MeshLab
RaspberryPi computing
Data visualization with Processing, Google Analytics
Arduino embedded sensor and processing platform
Proficient with Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom) MS Office 365, Mac OS X (Client and Server v10.0-10.13), Apple Aperture 3.x, Apple Final Cut 7/X,
Former Apple Developer (1994-2014)
Functional use of After Effects, Apple Keynote, Windows 7/10, Postfix, BSD and Linux
Limited use of AJAX, JavaScript, MajorDomo, PERL, SpamAssassin
Circuit bending/Glitch art
Course design and administration via Coursera online learning platform
Digital audio production and editing (Audacity, PluralEyes 3, Logic, Adobe Audition)
Search engine optimization strategies

Social Media Management

Cross-platform social media and management using Hootsuite
Organic message awareness growth through innovative use of Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, YouTube and Snapchat
Digital outreach campaigns via MailChip and Constant Contact

Additional Skills

Undergraduate Pre-Major Advisor for Duke University’s Trinity College
Familiarity with Information Warfare and Cyberterrorism strategy and tactics – instruction by experts from CIA, FBI and private sector experts
Prior working relationships with U.S. and international defense, intelligence and policy experts
Broad personal knowledge of regional political, security and human rights issues, particularly in the former-Soviet bloc, central and western Asia and the European Union
Seven years of French language instruction


French (seven years; good)
Spanish (one year; beginner)


Society for Photographic Education
U.S. Naval Institute
George Washington University International Affairs Society alum
Licensed closed-circuit road racing with the National Automotive Sports Association (NASA)
Durham For All volunteer
Carolina Federation volunteer

Research Interests

The evolving role of food as a cultural industry in North Carolina, in the face of global economic shifts
Technological shifts in visual culture, including the use of retinal implants to augment/restore sight
Cross-cultural perceptions of the nude in fine art photography
Cuisine and imagery as common ground for cultural understanding in a globalized world
Gender roles in ethical decision-making
The economic, technological, vocational and demographic shifts affecting Americans age 25-45 and how they impact continued relevance in the era of global culture
Post-Cold War nuclear disarmament and proliferation