Chuck Smart was born a musician and artist, into a family of musicians and
artists, in a culture of music and art. He has traveled throughout the world
performing, collaborating and recording, studying, conducting research
and collecting instruments in England, The Netherlands and Europe,
Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Kashmir, Nigeria, Brazil, Mexico,
Cuba and Indonesia. He has studied at the Cleveland Music School Settlement,
the Karamu House Theater for Dance and Music and the Cleveland Institute of
Music, as well as study and performance with Sigma Centrum in Amsterdam, The
Netherlands. He was Associate Dean of Students at Antioch College (Yellow
Springs, Ohio) and has been a teacher and trainer/consultant in the United
States, Switzerland and the Virgin Islands.
Smart has performed and
conducted workshops in ethnomusicology throughout the U.S. mid-west; produced,
engineered and hosted jazz radio programs in Ohio and Washington; and founded
and directed various performance ensembles, including Zebra Percussion Ensemble
and the performance art group disBand. The Zebra Percussion Ensemble, which was
in existence for 12 years, was founded at Antioch College (Yellow Springs,
Ohio) and was awarded grants from the Ohio Arts Council for lectures,
demonstrations and performances throughout Ohio. Smart continues to work with
students from this ensemble.
Among the individual artists he has
collaborated and performed with are Albert Ayler, Bobby Few, Frank Wright, Troy
Davis, Syd Smart, Charles Lloyd, Oliver Lake, Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton,
Karl Berger, Hank Roberts, Eddie Moore, Sun Ra, Nedly Alsteck, Joe Alexander,
Charles Tyler and others.
Smarts visual art has shown in many
individual shows and has won awards and been selected for inclusion in shows
around the country. In 2008, he won Best of Show for his piece entitled "Garden
of Eve" in the first annual CVG Show at Collective Visions Gallery in
Bremerton, Washington. He has been the featured artist in The Human
Face (2000) and the Eddie Durham centennial celebration (2006), both
sponsored by the San Marcos Area Arts Council in Texas. In addition, he was
commissioned to do the promotional image for joint Eddie Durham tributes that
took place in San Marcos and at Lincoln Center in New York City. For several
years, he was invited to show in the Edwin T. Pratt Exhibit presented by the
Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, Washington. This included Windows on
Diversity, Our Communities, Our Cultures at the downtown Seattle Bon
Marche. In 2000, two of his pieces were selected by the U.S. Department of
State Art in Embassies Program for exhibition in the official U.S.
Ambassadorial residence in Mbabane, Swaziland.
For Smart, there is very
little distinction between life and art, between the sounds we hear every day
and music. He remains what he has always been a full-time musician and
Chuck Smart and poet/artist M. Anne Sweet also explored
interdisciplinary collaborations combining poetry with percussion and a variety
of world music instruments, while maintaining a working studio in Bremerton, Washington.