Sustainability Artist and Entrepreneur to Speak at SUNY Canton
Renowned artist and sustainability advocate Todd Smith will be visiting SUNY Canton and demonstrating a revolutionary hot tub.
Smith will be offering a day of creative design workshops with students from the college’s Graphic and Multimedia Design (GMMD) program, and then will be hosting a campus-wide presentation at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. Smith’s presentation is free and open to the public.
“Todd’s background in design strongly complements his ideas about product image and branding,” noted the GMMD program’s Assistant Professor Matthew J. Burnett. “He will be talking about the realities and process of product design. His knowledge shows the balance between the creative and the practical side of product marketing and design.”
His presentation will focus on the theme “from concept to client,” which outlines non-traditional, progressive, networking and brand building for unique products, including success indicators and pitfalls. Smith also highlights future growth strategies that incorporate modern thinking for unique economic situations.
Smith is involved with the American division of API Design, creators of the “Dutchtub,” a modern portable wood-fired hot tub. He will be bringing one of innovative chemical-free units to campus for display and demonstration. Dutchtubs will be commercially available by 2010.
Smith currently lives and works in Saranac Lake and is the president of local not for profit Adirondack Sustainable Communities, Incorporated. He has been involved with the Solar Decathlon submission of University of Texas. He won the critical regionalism competition in 2000 with his submission for responsible growth and planning in rural communities faced with rapid growth pressures. His current artistic work is on display at the 7444 Gallery in Saranac Lake.
Smith has taught Computer Graphics and Design through the State University of New York and Architecture through Montana State University. He is an avid skier, hiker, artist, and photographer. He also is the former North Country Community College women’s hockey coach.
SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.
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