Breck Smith is a native of Natural Bridge, Virginia who received his B.A. in Studio Art from Averett College (now Averett University) in Danville, Virginia. Smith went on to receive his MFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Drawing and Painting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. After graduate school, Smith worked as an Exhibit Design Technician at the North Carolina Zoological Park before coming to Campbell University.
In 1990, Smith received a North Carolina Artist Fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council. In 2007, Smith received a Partial Fellowship to attend Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont as a Resident for four weeks.
Mr. Smith has been in higher education for more than 30 years.