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

Student Programs Manager, Kenan Institute for Ethics / 2016-present
Project Manager, Art of the MOOC / 2015 – 2016
Project Manager, Creative Time Summit, Venice Biennale / Summer 2015
Assistant Director, Duke University Center for International Studies / 2007-2014
Manager, Research and Communications, Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs / 2001-2006
Research Associate/Chief Graphic Designer, Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs  / 1998-2001
Assistant Photographer, Sports Endeavors / Winter – Fall 1997


‘Representing the Void,’ Duke Chapel, Durham, NC / Novermber 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
‘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
‘A Mess of Feesh,’ e Carrack Modern Art, Durham, NC / March 22–April 2, 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
‘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
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

Guest Lectures, Panels, Research

Southern Foodways Alliance. Oxford, MS / September 2016
‘Theory of Pedagogy,’ Creative Time Summit / November 2015
‘Hidden Stories of Abandoned Places,’ NC Museum of History / September 2015
‘The Photoshoot as Performance Art,’ Carrack Modern Art / August 18, 2014


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.
Revista Samuel; May 2013.
Duddy, Patrick. Progress in Chavismo-Entrenched Venezuela Will Be Slow. The New York Times; January 3, 2013
Smith, D.V. (2002), ‘A lonely impulse of delight:’ Frustrations of Modern Military Life. Journal of International Security Affairs, 3(1), 111-114.

Work Held in the Collections of

Archive of Documentary Arts, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University
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

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

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

Skills I Teach

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 editing (Final Cut Pro 7/X, Premiere Pro CC)
Digital illustration (Illustrator CC)

Technology Skills

Apache, BIND, CSS, HTML, MySQL, PHP and WordPress
RaspberryPi computing
Arduino embedded sensor and processing platform
Proficient with Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom) MS Office 365, Mac OS X (Client and Server v10.0-10.12), Apple Aperture 3.x, Apple Final Cut X, Processing, Audacity, PluralEyes 3
Apple Developer since 1994 (Student 1994-2000; Select 2000-2003, 2010-2014; Premiere 2003- 2007)
Functional use of Adobe Acrobat Professional, Adobe Premiere CC, Apple Motion, Apple Keynote, Windows 7, BSD and Linux
Limited use of AJAX, JavaScript, MajorDomo, PERL, Postfix, SpamAssassin, Microsoft Powerpoint
Circuit bending
Digital audio production and editing

Additional skills

Undergraduate Pre-Major Advisor for Duke University’s Trinity College
Self-taught expertise in 16mm, 35mm, medium format and digital photography and videography with Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Fuji, Holga, Zeiss Ikon, Bolex and Mamiya cameras
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
Two semesters of formal black and white film photography instruction, GWU
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