Welcome to the Official Site of Arvie Smith

Welcome to the official site for Portland-based artist Arvie Smith. Here you will be able to view collections of his work, learn about his accomplishments and community involvement, and learn what inspires his work.

Through Arvie’s paintings, he challenges the viewer to confront both historical and modern injustices facing African American’s.

Feel free to contact Arvie if you would like to feature his work or are interested in learning about pieces that may be available.

The APEX Exhibit

Artist Arvie Smith talks about his APEX exhibition at the Portland Art Museum in 2016.

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Governor’s Award

Governor Kate Brown Announces 2017 Governor’s Arts Awards; Two Artists, Three Organizations Honored with Awards

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Photo Credit: Intisar Abioto

Recent Projects

MLK Mural

Spring 2018 15’x24’ Mural – Commissioned by PDC and installed on the Natural Grocers building on corner of NE Alberta and Martin Luther King Blvd., Portland, Oregon.

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Garlington Mural

Fall 2018 12’x40’ Mural – Commissioned by Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare and installed on the Garlington Center structure on NE Morris and Martin Luther King Blvd., Portland, Oregon.

Somewhere through dialogue hopefully we can come together and make this a better world to live in.

OPB Interview

Arvie Smith interviews with OPB’s April Baer during State of Wonder on July 30, 2016.

“It’s nothing new. In fairness, I don’t think every white person you meet understands or believes that that really happens to black people on a daily basis, and they don’t believe that somehow because of those actions they are presented with privilege.”
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Arvie Smith

A Portland-based painter, professor emeritus, lecturer, and community engager.


Portland, Oregon