Michael Smith received his BA from The Colorado College and attended The Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York City. Smith has taught at numerous art schools and universities including University of California at Los Angeles, California Institute of the Arts, Cranbrook, Art Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, The Royal Danish Academy, Pratt Institute, and Yale University. He has exhibited extensively around the US, Canada and Europe at a variety of venues from museums and galleries to nightclubs and television. His works are in the permanent collections of The Walker Art Center, the Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Museum of Radio and Television in New York City. Since 1997 he has collaborated with Joshua White on several large-scale installations that were shown at The New Museum and the Christine Burgin Gallery in New York City, The Vienna Kunsthalle, Art Metropole in Toronto, the Hales Galley in London and at the Basel Art Fair. In addition to his collaborative work with Joshua White, Smith has had recent solo exhibitions at Dunn and Brown Contemporary in Dallas, Galleria Emi Fontana in Milan and at Ellen de Bruijn Projects in Amsterdam. He is the 2012 recipient of the Herb Alpert Award in the Visual Arts.