Ms. Schaafsma-Smith is an artist and arts educator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Teaching Credential from the University of California, Riverside and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a passionate advocate for art and art education. Her autobiographical narrative art has been featured in one person and group exhibitions and is the public collections of UCR and UCLA. She has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, most recently Juror’s Award in Open Exhibition 2011, Ontario Museum of History and Art and First Prize in ACE 2011, Palm Springs Art Museum. In July 2011, she participated in Connecting Collections at the Guggenheim, Metropolitan, MoMA, and Whitney in New York City. She serves on the boards of the Stokoe Museum and Innovative Learning Center and the SCA Project Gallery. She lives and works in Riverside California.
Ever since I can remember I have loved art. I loved to draw and drew on everything. I explored this love and honed my artistic skills in a variety of media at Riverside City Collage (A.A.), University of California, Riverside (B.A.), and University of California, Los Angeles (M.F.A.). The theme of my work is narrative in nature. It is the visual story of the memories of my experiences.