Students Showcase David L. Smith’s Artwork at Scarabocchio Art Museum
A shot inside the museum Photo courtesy of Maia Johnson

Students Showcase David L. Smith’s Artwork at Scarabocchio Art Museum

The first collaboration between Scarabocchio Art Museum and the Department of History and International Studies is well on its way.

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s History 395 class will be hosting a new exhibit called Artistry on Point: The Legacy of David L. Smith at the museum, 800 Main St., until Dec. 31.

The opening reception will be taking place on Dec. 11 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., where David L. Smith and Mayor Mike Wiza are expected to attend. Wiza will be honoring Smith with a plaque for his achievements throughout the years.

“The exhibit is a wonderful example of our students making a difference in the local community. Not only are they gaining hands-on experience in exhibit development, but they are shedding light on the legacy of a man who exemplifies the ‘Wisconsin Idea’ by extending his commitment to teaching and service beyond the confines of campus. It was an honor to work on such an important project with such committed students,” said Dr. Sarah Scripps, History 395 professor.

Smith is known for an art technique he invented called Scarabocchio, which means to doodle in Italian. Smith also produced an extensive body of work, all of which is housed in the  museum’s building he donated to the city of Stevens Point.

Smith’s art techniques are part of the Wisconsin art culture and are still being taught in local schools. Smith taught at public schools of every level and gave many informal lectures to various community groups.

David L. Smith said, “Remember that art is in every heart,” which is the theme History 395 students incorporated while choosing pieces for the Scarabocchio Art Museum.

The class was broken into three different teams, one researching and exhibiting the scripts for the museum, the second was in charge of installation and floor plans for the museum and the last headed administration, press and budgeting for the exhibition.

“Our class became immersed in David L. Smith’s work while we were researching him. This exhibit was the effort of our entire class, and we’ve enjoyed having hands-on real life experience. Our class did everything concerning this exhibit from the research to content writing to creating panels to planning the opening reception,” said Maia Johnson, social sciences major.

The students hope the community will visit the exhibit over the next month to see the Scarabocchio technique, Johnson said.

“This is a really cool opportunity to connect students with an artist that has had such an influence on Wisconsin art culture. It will be enlightening for students interested in all different disciples,” said Morgan Koth, communication sciences and disorders major.


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