Do The Right Thing by Theoplis Smith III

Day 27 — Poster posted on February 26, 2024

Theoplis Smith III

Pronouns: he/him
Located: Fort Wayne, IN

Tell us about yourself:

Meet Theoplis Smith III, also known as “Phresh Laundry,” a talented multidisciplinary artist who creates with a burning desire to bring his unique vision to life. Despite being primarily self-taught, Smith’s work is a testament to his exceptional skill and creative talent.

As an active community member, Smith deeply promotes art and culture in the Fort Wayne area. He serves on the board of the Downtown Improvement District, working to improve the city’s urban environment and promote economic growth. Additionally, he sits on the board of the Public Art Commission appointed by Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, supporting the development and installation of public art.

Smith’s latest murals are at Electric Works, named the Project of the Year site. His work has been recognized nationally, as it was displayed at the Academy Motion Pictures Museum, home of the Oscars, alongside award-winning director Spike Lee.

Theoplis has a strong following of enthusiastic art collectors who appreciate his innovative approach to the formal aspects of his work. His art showcases a blend of traditional portraiture, popular culture, and comic book influences. Recently, Smith’s work was featured on PBS NewsHour, highlighting his contribution to the art scene in Indiana.

Overall, Theoplis Smith III is a genuinely talented artist dedicated to creating art and sharing his passion with his community.

What is the inspiration behind your poster design?

Balloons represent celebration I wanted a fun witty way of showing the pause of excitement of doing the right thing with a hand full of Black inspired inventions. See if you can guess who invented what!

Why do you love being creative?

I love creating. It allows me to connect with the world and bring people together!

Tell us about your experiences in the design world…

My art is my most powerful voice to share how proud I am to be black. I have the audacity to create and shape my culture forward. Not a soul can take that from me.

How can we create a more inclusive design world and ensure that Black people are represented?

We have a front row seat of purpose and responsibility to share and make history. In every setting we must be represented and present. Excellence is at hand.

In general… How can we make more equity or equality for us?

Share our story, teach why we are creative and remind the history we’ve set.

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