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2023 Parade Grand Marshall


 Grand Marshal

Theoplis Smith III

Meet Theoplis Smith III, also known as "Phresh Laundry," a talented multidisciplinary artist who creates with a burning desire to bring his unique vision to life. Despite being primarily self-taught, Smith's work is a testament to his exceptional skill and creative talent.

As an active member of his community, Smith is deeply involved in promoting art and culture in the Fort Wayne area. He serves on the board of the Downtown Improvement District, working to improve the city's urban environment and promote economic growth. Additionally, he sits on the board of the Public Art Commission appointed by Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, supporting the development and installation of public art.

Smith's latest murals can be found at Electric Works, named the Project of the Year site. His work has been recognized on a national level, as it was displayed at the Academy Motion Pictures Museum, home of the Oscars, alongside award-winning director Spike Lee.

Theoplis has a strong following of enthusiastic art collectors who appreciate his innovative approach to the formal aspects of his work. His art showcases a blend of traditional portraiture, popular culture, and comic book influences. Recently, Smith's work was featured on PBS NewsHour, highlighting his contribution to the art scene in Indiana.

Overall, Theoplis Smith III is a truly talented artist who is dedicated to not only creating art but also to sharing his passion with his community.

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