Hillel Smith Artist Reception
EXHIBIT: PARSHAT POSTER PROJECT
JULY 10-AUGUST 30 • ST. PAUL JCC
Reception: July 11, 6 p.m.; Remarks, 7 p.m.
Study the Torah in a bold new way with Smith’s Parsha Posters, accompanied by translations of the Biblical verses they illustrate. This special exhibition features 54 Hebrew typographic posters artistically highlighting the parshat hashavua (weekly Torah portion). “I hope that this project will inspire you to consider the role of creative approaches to study and reimagine the role of art in forging powerful relationships to our heritage.”
Hillel Smith is an artist and designer focused on re-imagining the potential of Judaica by utilizing contemporary media to create new manifestations of traditional forms. He has painted dynamic Jewish murals in Southern California, Atlanta, Virginia, Jerusalem, and at the Fendi headquarters in Rome, Italy. He revitalizes ancient rituals with online projects, including the Best Omer Ever: GIF the Omer counter and Parsha Posters, encouraging creative reconsideration of religious practice. Seeing Hebrew as the visual glue that binds Jews together across time and space, he also teaches Jewish typographic history, using print as a lens for Jewish life and culture. Making fun and engaging content is similarly the crux of his work as a designer for clients including HIAS, PJ Library, and Patton Oswalt.