The granddaughter of a feisty San Francisco reporter, Chris Smith Evans has lived a life immersed in fine art. Prior to setting up her studio in Cottageville, S.C. in 2009, Chris lived for three decades in New York City and Chicago. During her years in Manhattan Evans became a frequent participant in Soho Gallery exhibitions, with her work appearing alongside such artists as Andreas Serrano, Peter Saul, Nancy Spero, Leon Golub and May Stevens. Her artwork has also garnered attention from art critics Lucy Lippard, Suzanne Volmer and Grace Glueck. Chris’s work was selected for inclusion in the first post-war cultural exchange between Viet Nam and the United States in C. David Thomas’s exhibition and book, “Vietnam: As Seen From Both Sides,” and Lucy Lippard’s acclaimed touring exhibition and book “Vietnam, A Different War.”
After moving her studio to Chicago in 1991, Evans became increasingly involved in social justice and fair trade activities. During her long associations with Chicago area Mennonites and 10,000 Villages she lived a quiet and secluded life, painting scenes of her tenement suburb and the farms of Indiana. Chris earned an M.A. from Saint Xavier University in 2009 and an M.F.A. from Winthrop University in 2019. In addition to her fine art, Evans' has originated a communication language for adults and children who lack access to traditional forms of verbal communication. Calling the language The Help Code, Evans has most recently presented the Code at the South Carolina Office of the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Task Force in Columbia, SC. Chris Evans is also a current art lecturer at public colleges in South Carolina.