Ken Smith, M.F.A.


Graphic Design, Associate Professor

B.F.A., University of Tennessee
M.A., Syracuse University
M.F.A., University of Hartford


Ken Smith, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Radford since 2008, is a native of the great state of Tennessee, and an avid history buff, designer, illustrator, reenactor and living historian.


He was formerly Design Director/Vice President at Whittle Communications, where he designed and developed magazines, books, posters and various other media properties. He was co-founder and Creative Director of Media South, a design and marketing firm in Knoxville, Tennessee, specializing in editorial media and corporate branding.

Work that Smith has designed, art directed or illustrated has appeared in the Print Regional Design Annual, New York Art Director's Club, Society of Illustrators and Society of Publication Designers annuals, Communication Arts, Graphis, and Print magazine.

Smith is a member of the Society of Illustrators, the Society of Publication Designers, the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and the Coast Guard Art Program, where he has twice won the prestigious George Grey Award of Artistic Excellence. His paintings are featured at both the East Tennessee Historical Society and the McClung Museum in Knoxville, Tennessee, as well as at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area museum in Vonore, Tennessee.. Smith holds a BFA from the University of Tennessee, an MA from Syracuse University and an MFA from the University of Hartford.