Selma Smith is the founder and publisher of THE PRINTWORLD DIRECTORY that she has edited since 1979. Smith as been active in the art world for over thirty years, beginning her career as an art lecturer and museum tour director... designed and delivered courses on art history and art appreciation (Renaissance to contemporary) from 1973-1982. Smith organized and conducted tours to The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City; The Baltimore Museum of Art and The Walters Art Gallery (Museum), Baltimore, MD; and The National Gallery of Art, The Hirshhorn Museum of Art, and The Phillips Gallery of Art (Museum), Washington, DC. Smith conducted over 500 tours to the Barnes Museum, Philadelphia, PA, hosting such eminent groups as the docents of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, The Raleigh Museum of Art, NC, and Lady Bird Johnson and her family. During this time, she also produced several art exhibitions and sales events, selecting and mounting the art works (paintings, sculpture, prints, and exceptional crafts), which she orchestrated and marketed.
Smith has been an active private art dealer, art & antiques appraiser and art consultant since 1973. As editor and publisher of THE PRINTWORLD DIRECTORY, since 1979, she has gained an international reputation for her expertise in the contemporary art world.
Smith was captain of the debating team at Media High School, Media, PA, and was valedictorian of her high school graduating class. She received a BS in Education, majoring in psychology, advertising and marketing from Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. Smith attended a scholarship program at the Barnes Museum, Merion, PA from 1970-1972; she also attended graduate and doctoral programs in the Art History Department, University of Pennsylvania, PA from 1972-1976.