Blake Smith is a Liu Scholar alumna and PhD candidate in Curriculum Studies in Art Education within the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at The University of British Columbia. She holds a MA in Art Education from Arizona State University (2008) and a BFA from the University of Georgia (2002) with a studio concentration in photography. She received a Four Year Doctoral Fellowship from UBC and was awarded the Gordon and Marion Smith Prize in Art Education in 2015. Her supervisor is Dr. Dónal O’Donoghue.
Originally from Atlanta, Georgia in the United States, she taught high school photography for ten years and now teaches at the university level. Since 2011, Blake has worked in UBC Teacher Education as a Faculty Advisor in Secondary Visual Art Education and has taught EDCP 408, 405, 302 and EDUC 311. She was the GRA for the UBC/Moi Dadaab Secondary Teacher Education Project from 2013-2015 and is currently a co-curator of the Lobby Gallery since 2014.
Her interdisciplinary research interests look at possibilities and problemics of engaging with photographic practices and pedagogies, as well as ethics in art. Committed to contributing to arts-based and emotive approaches for addressing individual and collective trauma as well as “the everyday,” her work explores the complex internal and external landscapes of memory, place, pain, and time. Blake’s work as a visual artist includes film/digital photography and mixed media, combining visual methods with creative writing and often focusing on a dialogue between loss and hope.