Alexis Smith’s artwork can be characterized as ironic and witty. She is recognized for her memorable public art commissions, most notably Taste (1997), a permanent wall installation at the J. Paul Getty Center in Los Angeles; a terrazzo floor for the Los Angeles Convention Center; the 560-foot-long Snake Path (1992) at the University of California, San Diego; and a terrazzo floor for the Schottenstein Sports Arena at Ohio State University, Columbus. The artist has received two National Endowment for the Arts awards and a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation Study Center. Smith, a Los Angeles native, received her BA from the University of California, Irvine in 1970. She has lectured and taught at the University of Hawaii, the J. Paul Getty Center, University of California, Los Angeles, and Carnegie Mellon University. The artist currently lives and works in Venice, California.