Tremain Smith has four works in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Her work is in corporate and private collections across the country. She has had dozens of solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Scottsdale, Maine, Delaware, Florida and Hawaii. Group exhibitions include SOFA Chicago, Art Miami, the Painted Bride, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and the USArtists American Fine Art Show. She was an artist-in-residence at the McColl Center for Visual Art in 2004.
Smith has been reviewed extensively including coverage by the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Chicago Tribune and the LA Weekly. Her work is included in Encaustic Art in the Twenty-First Century by Anne Lee & E. Ashley Rooney published by Schiffer Publishing, The Art of Encaustic Painting Contemporary Expression in the Ancient Medium of Pigmented Wax published by Watson-Guptill, and in the art journal New American Paintings. Smith studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Tyler School of Art, Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Alongside her studio practice, Tremain teaches, lectures, and leads workshops. In 2014, she was a panelist at the Eighth International Encaustic Conference presenting on “The Roots of Contemporary Encaustic”. She has been a teaching artist-in-residence with the Penn Alexander School, Al Bustan Seeds of Culture, the Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Art Reach, and the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership. Among the places she has taught are the Penland School of Crafts, the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, R&F Paints, and the Main Line Art Center.