Lost Races: The Americas

Jason E. Smith

September 10 – October 8, 2016

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 10th, 6-8pm


South Kingstown. Hera Gallery is pleased to present Lost Races: The Americas, a solo exhibition from Jason Smith. We invite the public to join us Saturday, September 10th from 6:00 to 8:00pm for the opening reception.

Jason Smith will be exhibiting 10 new paintings exploring the history and myths of ancient races of the Americas. Jason Smith writes:

“The Lost Races series questions the accepted timeline of history for the Americas, as well as the races that inhabited it, and highlights what is left in ancient petro glyphs, rock carvings, paintings, sculptures, and artifacts found in archaeological sites throughout these territories. It explores many of the forgotten or unaddressed aspects of this history and the races that existed on the American continents. The influences for this body of work includes: the Mound Builders civilizations of the United States; records of ancient burial sites; mounds and caves around the country where strange and interesting artifacts have been found; the stone sculptures of Monte Alto and La Venta of Olmec or pre-Olmec times; artifacts found in Jalisco, Mexico; the pre-Inca site of Tiahuanaco in Bolivia; Ica stones of Peru; and what is known of the mythological legends surrounding all of these respective cultures.”


Jason is from Newport, RI. He graduated from CCRI in 2007 and earned a BFA from URI in 2010. His concentrations included drawing, printmaking, and digital art and design. He joined Hera gallery in the spring of 2014 and fulfilled the role of working artist and website updater/developer. For the past five years he has concentrated on a body of work that utilizes oil and acrylic on Dura Lar to explore ancient cultures and their mythology, stone sculpture, artifacts, and traditions. Fresh off his Outer Myths solo exhibition at the Newport Art Museum Jason presents Lost Races: The Americas at Hera gallery on September 10, 2016.


The exhibition and events will take place at Hera Gallery located on 10 High Street in Wakefield, RI. The public is invite to attend the opening reception Saturday, September 10th from 6:00 to 8:00pm.


These programs are presented with partial support from The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Hera Educational Foundation, and The Friends of Hera. Hera Gallery is free and open to the public and is accessible to persons with disabilities. Parking is available.