About Me: Bio/Resume

Visionary Artist, Writer, Teacher, Workshop Facilitator, Motivational Speaker. 

Personal Mission Statement“My world is one of abundance. I believe there will always be more than enough. I create this reality by modeling openness, living in a mindful way, and by inspiring others through my own means of honest self-expression; art, writing & teaching.”

Artist Statement:  Created for the purpose of spiritual evolution, my art is process based and conceptual in nature. By working in a manner consciously designed to disarm personal criticism and negative self talk, I give myself permission to create in an unrestricted manner which ultimately allows greater potential for communication with the divine spirit within. 

Major influences in my art include spiritual and iconographic traditions from across the globe. I also draw inspiration from simple rhythmic patterns found in primitive art which are often used in one of my favorite expressive forms, the sacred circular art known as mandala. Recent works also include large scale paintings of strong symbolic female forms depicting self actualization. 

Stephanie Smith is a self-taught fine artist who continues to study the mandala and how this sacred form of circular art has been utilized cross culturally and throughout a wide variety of wisdom traditions for religious and spiritual beliefs.  

Solo Exhibitions:

• 2014 Featured Artist, Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA
• 2013 Featured Artist, Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA
• 2013 "South Side Smalls: The Red Collection" Studio #250, Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA
• 2012 Featured Artist, Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA

Group Exhibitions:

• 2014 N.A.W.A. 125th Members Annual, New York, NY
• 2014 Resident Artist Annual Exhibition Part 1, Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA
• 2013 “Contextualize” Resident Artist Annual Exhibition, Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA
• 2013 “Reanimated Movements” ACE, Quadrant Book Mart, Easton, PA
• 2013 “ACE Group Show” MCS Gallery, Sigal Museum, Easton, PA
• 2013 "At The Edge of Awkward" ACE, Quadrant Book Mart, Easton, PA
• 2012 “Perspectives” Resident Artist Annual Exhibition, Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA
• 2012 “Earth is Overrated” Allentown Art Works, Allentown, PA
• 2012 “First Amendment” Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
• 2012 “WE” Connexions Gallery, Easton, PA
• 2012 “The White Show” resident artist exhibition, The Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA
• 2011 Holiday Gallery and Sale, Baum School of Art, Allentown, PA
• 2011 “Spoils of War” Connexions Gallery, Easton, PA
• 2011 26th Annual Art Auction, Baum School of Art, Allentown, PA
• 2011 “The Girlie Show” Suddenly Samantha Salon, Easton, PA
• 2011 “In Unison” Community Artists of Bethlehem, Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem. PA

Collaborative Projects:

• 2012 WE Connexions Gallery, Easton, PA
• 2011The Sketchbook Exchange Project participant Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn NY
• 2011 Moleskine Sketchbook Exchange Project participant

Awards/Honors, Residencies, etc.:

• 2014 Original mandala painting: “Seek” selected for the cover of “Cloud Eagle” a historical recording of Towa songs from the Seasonal Dance Group of the Jemez and Zuni Pueblos
• 2014 Visiting Artist at The Swain School in Allentown, PA
• 2011 Invited to become a resident artist at the Banana Factory Arts and Education Center, Bethlehem, PA


• Brittany Garzillo “Spirit of Art” feature on PBS WLVT 39 FOCUS November 7, 2014
• Jaime Karpovich “Vision Boards with Stephanie Smith” Save the Kales! January 2014

Print Media

• Ann Wlazelek ‘Visionary Artist In Process" Lehigh Valley Marketplace Magazine October 2013
• Samantha Kimball “Taking Root - Growth in the Valley Art Community” Elucidator Magazine Summer 2012

Website/Blog Publications

• Megan Waren “Intentions, Mantras, and Positive Affirmations - 100 Mandalas” Collage Diva November 9, 2014
• Thaneeya McArdle “Mandala Art by Stephanie Smith: Inspiring Mandala Designs in Multimedia” Art is Fun! January 16, 2011

Publications as Author

• 2008-Current Author of the blog Spiritual Evolution of the Bean: a combination of art, product reviews on a variety of art and writing supplies, and candid reflections on personal life experiences.
• 2009-Current Author of Rhodia Drive a company blog dedicated to the French stationery brand.


Workshop: “Tapping the Source: Learning to Access Your Creative Spirit” presented in 2014 w/ Dr. Kell Morton at Triunity Holistic Chiropractic, Allentown, PA

Workshop “Mandala: An Artful Meditation” presented to:

• 2014 The Swain School, Allentown, PA
• 2011-13 Intro to Art Therapy, Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA
• 2009-13 The Summer Rhythm Renewal Retreat, Loretto, PA
• 2013 heART Series, Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA
• 2012 The Baum School of Art, Allentown, PA
• 2011 South Mountain College, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
• 2010 The Great Rhythm Revival Retreat, Sherman, NY
• 2010 Circle of Trees Retreat, Milford, PA
• 2010  Blue Stone Yoga, Bethlehem, PA
• 2009 Chestnut Hill Church, Coopersburg, PA

Additional Workshops offered privately at The Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA:

• 2014-15 “The Creative Path: An Intro to Manifesting Abundance”
• 2014 “Creating a Manifestation Mandala”
• 2012 “Creating a Manifestation List”
• 2012 “Fearless Artmaking"

Presentations, Artist Talks, etc.

• 2014-15 Artist talk, Northampton Community College Fine Art Students, Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA
• 2014-15 Guest Panel Speaker: Art Entrepreneurship in the Community, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
• 2014 Artist Talk, “Metamorphosis” Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA
• 2014 Visiting Artist at The Swain School in Allentown, PA (Included student body assemblies and classroom visits)
• 2014 Artist talk, Parkland Art League, Allentown, PA
• 2013 Guest Panel Speaker: Arts Community of Easton (ACE) Information Extravaganza at the State for Artists and Artisans
• 2011 Artist talk, South Mountain College students, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

Art Organization Memberships:

• 2015 Lehigh Art Alliance
• 2015 Women’s Caucus for Art
• 2014-2015 Juried member of the National Association of Women Artists N.A.W.A.
• 2012 ACE Arts Community of Easton

Community Outreach:

• 2012-2014 Career representative, Multicultural Leadership Conference, Lehigh University, Bethlehem PA
• 2013 Judge: Healing Through the Arts high school student art competition, Allentown, PA
• 2012 Artist: St. Luke's Cancer Survivor's Day, Lehigh Valley Zoo, Allentown, PA
• 2012 Judge: Notre Dame Elementary School Art Show, Bethlehem. PA

Stephanie Smith is a visionary artist who manifests rhythm, repetition, and form in her work. Stephanie utilizes her skills as an artist, writer, and teacher to empower creative expression within herself and to others seeking the same. Stephanie is currently a resident artist at The Banana Factory, an arts and education center in Bethlehem, PA and is currently available to work with individuals and groups. Contact Stephanie for her availability to work with adult individuals and groups at stephanie at biffybeans.com or 484-893-0336. 

Stephanie's Blog: Spiritual Evolution of the Bean
Buy Stephanie's art on Etsy
Stephanie's other blog: Rhodia Drive
On Facebook: Stephanie Smith's Mandala Art
On YouTube: Biffybeans
On Tumblr: Small Bean Bites
On Flickr: Biffybeans Photostream
Follow Stephanie on Twitter: @biffybeans

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