2. Vero Rose Smith

In this episode of The Iowa Idea Podcast, I sit down with Vero Rose Smith, artist, educator, and curator living in Iowa City. We caught up with Vero before she moves to Chicago. We discuss her approach to art and education, art in the public domain, and how everyone has a tree story.  We touch upon the what she learned, as an artist, from her design education program at Harvard — hint, the power of prototyping and failure as a learning process in design.

She holds BAs in Studio Art, Art History, and Environment Science. Vero has an MA in Art History from The University of Iowa, and an MBA from Quantic School of Business and Technology. If that was not enough, she holds a Master of Design from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

We talk about the aesthetic and environmental impacts of big box stores and “how we let something so ugly become so pervasive.”

I hope you enjoy the episode.

About Vero Rose Smith

From her website:


Climate change made personal through image and sound


Community focused exhibitions and participatory events


Art in the classroom, the gallery, the community, and beyond

I care about people, and the places people live. My work centers climate change and the economic and historical circumstances that built inequality into our everyday environments.


Thank you to Vero Rose Smith – http://verorosesmith.com/

Episode produce by Spark Consulting Group in Iowa City, with support from Executive Podcast Solutions.

Intro and outro music performed by Paisley Bible.