Monday, January 23, 2012

Ken Smith Historical Art Becomes Social

The Cyberworld – like dabs of paint upon an unfinished canvas – slightly abstract at first and then blending together to create a recognizable image – Ken Smith’s business as an historical artist makes for the beginning marks of a social media project. Rather than a creation made from the physical reality of brushes, the tools of this endeavor are a combination of Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Linked-In, a blog and website. Though the artist has been involved in several of these social media venues in the past, this is Ken Smith Historical Art’s first coordinated effort to actively engage in ongoing online content. With this, our goal is to keep those who are interested in Ken’s paintings up-to-date with his current and new projects and also to introduce new viewers to his efforts.

Due to Ken’s southern heritage, we have chosen to launch our social media ventures around his first Civil War painting effort. We are hosting a social media scavenger hunt to acquaint you with our new sites and also to unveil one of Ken’s latest painting (and limited edition prints) called “At First Light.” Originally commissioned by the McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville), this image depicts the opening cannon fire during the Battle of Fort Sanders on November 28, 1863 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Though the scavenger hunt will provide you with a special prize themed around this painting, for those who prefer to see the painting now, please visit

Wondering about the nature of the prize? Here’s a clue – wallpaper. To begin the hunt, please visit our Facebook page at for the first clue. Other clues maybe found on the following sites:

For more information or questions, please contact or leave a comment on the blog.

Completing the At First Light Social Media Scavenger Hunt

If you have visited our four social media sites (,,, and, you have found a series of clues that will provide you with the password needed to reveal your reward for indulging our fun and games.

For each clue, you should have a one word answer. Put those words together in order (no spaces, all lowercase) and you have the password. If this is problematic or you are stumped, leave us a message or comment on any of these sites and we’ll help you out.