Photo: Sadie Dayton

Photo: Sadie Dayton

Part artist, part academic, J. Sybylla Smith is equally compelled to create art as to examine its cultural significance. Roles as a fashion designer, stylist, and creative director have all been informed by the need to develop a visual language that conveys a concept, idea or theory.

Her diverse resume reflects over 25 years of curating fine art photography exhibitions with international photographers, bringing advertising campaigns and fashion editorials to fruition, and developing and teaching university curriculum, Concept Aware™, on creativity and concept development. 

Her collaborations have led to lasting relationships with renowned galleries, museums, art fairs, advertising agencies, and international print publications. Smith’s current practice focuses on developing creative content for individual clients and organizations as a curator, portfolio reviewer/creator, editor, brand developer, educator and speaker.



"I know we were up against a very quick deadline and I really appreciate all the work that you did on our behalf. You are a word smith extraordinaire and your insight in to the art was refreshing and affirming."

-Elizabeth Stone

"I felt the sense of clarity after the workshop. I came home and jumped right into looking through and editing an on-going series. I felt comfortable in my own creative process." 

— Amy Thompson Avishai

Your comments and suggestions were incredibly helpful in helping me decide on where to focus my efforts and where to go next with my photography." 

— Cattie Coyle

"Thank you for your thoughtful critique and edit of my work and our fruitful conversation at ACP." 

— Jared Ragland

"I had such a fun and fulfilling time at the workshop this past weekend. It was very much insightful, enlightening and many more adjectives describing how you flipped a switch to turn on the proverbial lightbulb over my head. I can not thank you enough.”

—  Joe Staska, Photographer

“Your vivid imagination and energy motivate me to explore possibilities. Your organization, writing ability and presentation skills establish a clear path and generate something special.”

— Lavonne Hall, Masters Thesis Student