Allison Smith was born in Manassas, Virginia in 1972. She received a BA in psychology from the New School for Social Research (1995), a BFA from Parsons School of Design (1995), and an MFA from the Yale University School of Art (1999). She participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program (1999-2000). Smith has exhibited her work in numerous venues in the U.S. and abroad, including University of California, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, California (2007); Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2007); Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, Massachusetts (2006); Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2006); Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, New York (2006); Arario Gallery, Cheonan, South Korea (2006); P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York (2005); and Studio Voltaire, London, England (2005). She has received major grants from Arts Council England, Public Art Fund, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, among others. Residencies include Artpace San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas (2006); Grizedale Arts/ The Wordsworth Trust, Cumbria, England (2005); and the Lower East Side Printshop, New York, New York (2001). Her monograph Allison Smith: The Muster (What Are You Fighting For?) was released in 2007 and is being distributed by Distributed Art Publishers (D.A.P.). Over the past decade, Smith has taught at several institutions including Columbia University, Parsons School of Design, New York University, Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, and the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence, France. She has lectured widely on her work at art schools, universities, and museums in the U.S. and abroad. In the fall of 2008, she will be joining the faculty at the California College of the Arts in Oakland and San Francisco. Smith has produced recent projects at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, and The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh. Her next solo show will be presented at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York in 2009.