JoAnn H. Smith, an award winning professional Elmira artist and designer, earned her BA from Elmira College, and her MFA from Pratt Institute. She is known for her large colorful oils, acrylics, watercolors, furniture, floorcloths, and dinnerware, which she actively exhibits in galleries and museums. JoAnn has worked as a freelance designer for World Kitchen, was one of The ARTS Council's Millennium Billboard Artists, and for many years worked as the Mural-Artist-in-Residence for The ARTS Council. Her murals can be seen in many of the schools throughout the area. JoAnns skills as a Cornell Master Gardener come into play in her garden, with designs and color reflecting her artwork. PBS filmed a documentary entitled The Arts of JoAnn H. Smith, which showcased the interior of her home walls, floors, furniture, dinnerware, and artwork all painted in JoAnns colorful and distinctive style. Her work can also be seen on the rounding board shields of the Eldridge Park Carousel and in The Eldridge Park Carousel Coloring Book, which she designed and illustrated. JoAnn received a Freeman Fellowship to study the arts, history, and politics of Asia. Through the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, she became interested in Kamishibai - Japanese paper-theatre. She has presented the plays to students, and has worked with them to write, to illustrate, and to present their own stories.