Henry Smith makes and teaches the making of images, objects, and experiences, largely based around the premise of print. As an educator, Smith seeks to bridge new and old technologies to design the structures of a holistic creative education. Since 2019, Smith has served as the caretaker of the Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection, an archive of 19th century wood letterpress type. The collection is a diverse and dynamic record of design history, which students and faculty utilize in their studies. The archive is still living and evolving, energized and re-contextualized by its continued use. The RRK is a core part of Smith's research and practice, informing almost every corner of his work, in both personal and commercial spaces.
Smith was born and raised in the Midwest. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art from The University of Texas at Austin in 2017.