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Trent Adam Smith
4333 Apt A Shaw Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri
214-274-4849

Professional Experience

Missouri Botanical Garden September 2010 – Present
St. Louis, Missouri
Interpretation Assistant

Responsibilities

• Delivery and design of interpretative programs regarding ecology and sustainability
• The p… Read More
Trent Adam Smith
4333 Apt A Shaw Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri
214-274-4849

Professional Experience

Missouri Botanical Garden September 2010 – Present
St. Louis, Missouri
Interpretation Assistant

Responsibilities

• Delivery and design of interpretative programs regarding ecology and sustainability
• The planning, construction, and creation of annual exhibits
• Administering procedures ensuring guest safety and access to garden facilities
• The coordination, supervision, and training of new staff and volunteers regarding daily operations and special events
• Horticultural maintenance including care, preservation, and visual display

Wild Life Prairie State Park March 2010 – July 2010
Peoria, Illinois
Naturalist Intern

Responsibilities

• Led educational/interpretive programs concerning plant and animal life indigenous to Illinois
• Researched program content and delivered signage, class materials, and lesson plans
• Restored and rehabilitated native flora and fauna
• Illustrated the “Raptors Handling Manual,” created for program use portraying various scientific technical drawings of raptors
• Trained and managed volunteers regarding operational practice, customer service, and maintenance of park exhibits

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum October 2007 – February 2010
Chicago, Illinois
Visitor Service Representative

Responsibilities

• Designed “Nature Sketching,” an open studio program with generationally diverse audiences
• Completed illustrations for “Habitats of Chicago,” a school curriculum manual displaying animals native to Illinois
• Delivered educational programs for guests concerning birds, plants, and insects within the “Butterfly Haven”
• Trained and supervised volunteers in daily operations
• Interacted daily with guests as an ambassador for the museum

Contract Professional Experience

College School January 2015 - Present
Webster Groves, Missouri
Substitute Teacher

Responsibilities

• Maintaining classroom order through diverse strategies and upholding the school’s education philosophy
• The execution of provided lesson plans in early education classrooms in a co-teaching environment

Private Art Instructor January 2015 - Present
St. Louis, Missouri

Responsibilities

• Providing one on one art lessons to students
• Writing diverse age appropriate lesson plans and implementing innovate teaching techniques
• The ability to improvise to meet student needs

Missouri History Museum November 2010 – February 2015
St. Louis, Missouri
Contract Educator

Responsibilities

• Delivered history based educational programs and art activities to preschool aged children, school groups and scout groups
• Prepared lesson plans with appropriate materials for use in classroom activities



YMCA April 2014 – October 2014
St. Louis, Missouri
Attendant and Youth Councilor

• Mentored, guided, and coached youth
• Managed outdoor facilities to ensure a positive and safe learning environment

COCA; The Center of Community Arts July 2014 – August 2014
University City, Missouri
Art Teacher

• Developed and instructed lessons in drawing/illustration tailored to the diverse needs of the students
• Created classroom management strategies to ensure a productive learning environment

Volunteer Experience

Turner Center for the Arts October 2010 – February 2014
Maplewood, Missouri
Volunteer

• Instructed differently-abled artists to create to their highest potential
• Assisted in the installation of high traffic gallery shows

Voice of the City September 2009 – December 2009
Chicago, Illinois
Art Teacher

• Prepared of curriculum and implemented lesson plans directed at “high risk” teens
• Offered drawing and art instruction and provided students with a creative outlet


Education

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
Bachelor of Fine Arts
May 2007

Northwestern University
Chicago, Illinois
The Exhibit: From Concept to Opening and Beyond
Summer Symposium 2015


Exhibits of Artwork and Publications

• “Home Runs in Heaven,” published illustrations through Create Space
• “Community Mosaic,” mural currently on display at the Missouri Botanical Garden
• “Arcadia”, mural currently on display at the Missouri Botanical Garden
• “St. Louis Crown,” published through the Missouri History Museum
• “Mud Jumper in Missouri,” mural currently on display at the Missouri Botanical Garden
• “The Kite Flyer,” mural currently on display at the Missouri Botanical Garden
• “River Birch and Sycamores,” mural currently on display at the Missouri Botanical Garden
• “Art-i ficial Farm,” exhibit component created for the Missouri Botanical Garden
• “Miniature Midwest,” exhibit component created for the Missouri Botanical Garden
• “Little Fireman,” exhibit component created for the Missouri History Museum
• “Mammoths and Mastodons,” published for the Missouri History Museum
• “Habitats of Chicago,” published illustrations used by the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and Chicago Public Schools
• “Raptors Handling Manual,” published illustrations used by Wild Life Prairie State Park
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  • Children's Book Illustrator
    Create Space — St. Louis, MO, USA
  • Freelance Artist
    Missouri History Museum — St. Louis, MO, USA
  • Educator and Exhibit Designer
    Missouri Botanical Garden — St. Louis, MO, USA
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