Mike Smith grew up in Utah’s Salt Lake Valley, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains with an ancient dead lake looming in the distance.  Smith’s experience of landscape, geology, and culture have determined the themes of his projects.  In 1997 Mike Smith received his BFA with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Utah and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000.  He became an Associate in the division of Anthropology at The American Museum of Natural History in 2013, where he is a collaborator in various fields of study.  Mr. Smith currently lives in Brooklyn.