Kathy Smith is the chair of the John C Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts at the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California. Since 1984, her films have been screened internationally, including at the international animation festivals of Anima Mundi, Hiroshima and Ottawa. She has exhibited at group and solo exhibitions such as the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, the Conservatorio di Santa Maria degli Angioli in Florence, Italy and at the Australian National Gallery, Canberra. Smith has independently created thirteen animated films, including traditional and experimental mixed media animations.