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Ash Smith

Assistant Professor of Emerging Media Arts
Area of Focus: Emerging Media Arts

Ash Smith is a speculative artist, designer and researcher who creates stories for film, stage and immersive play. She comes to Nebraska from the University of California at San Diego, where she was a lecturer and the associate director of their Art and Technology program.

In her work, Smith incorporates strategies of play and speculation to solve problems, re-imagine systems and build worlds to create interactive stories, mixed reality experience, simulations and prototypes of the future. In addition to teaching, Smith works on the speculative design team at Hyundai’s The Design Lab, where her pioneering work focuses on robotaxis and microbility.

Smith received her Master of Fine Arts in visual arts from the University of California at San Diego and a Master of Arts in performance studies from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She received her Bachelor of Arts in media and technology studies and media production from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has also completed a Spanish language immersion program at the University of Havana in Cuba.