Barrie Wuichet Smith was born in East Liverpool on October 1st, 1945, daughter of William LeRoy Smith III and Virginia Purinton Smith.
She graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1963 and earned a BA at Mount Union College in 1967, graduating cum laude. At Kent State University, she earned her teaching certification (1984) and her Masters in Art Education (1993).
Barrie has been involved on a long-term basis with art education in Belize and Mexico, traveling to both countries regularly to teach and study. In 1997, Barrie was honored with the East Central Ohio Art Education Association Outstanding Art Teacher award. The same year, she and Jeannie Barrett, Spanish teacher, began collaborating and won first place in the Interdisciplinary Approaches to Teaching about the World competition. This award was sponsored by Ohio State University’s University Center for International Studies and the Office of Foreign Languages of Columbus City Schools. In 1999, they won the Columbiana County Educational Service Center Teaching Practice award for a bilingual interdisciplinary project focusing on Mayan architecture and astronomy. They have been awarded grants by the American Institute for Foreign Study Foundation; the National Endowment for the Humanities; and the Regional Professional Development Center.
Barrie has been listed in Who’s Who Among American Teachers (2004 and 2006) and Who’s Who in American Women (2006). Her professional affiliations are many.
The family pottery, Taylor Smith & Taylor (TS&T) was an early proving ground for Barrie’s artistic endeavors. She worked there for a year as an assistant designer. From TS&T, Barrie went on to be a printmaking instructor at the Canton Art Institute. She then moved into middle school and high school art instruction with positions in the Jackson school district and in Massillon, Ohio before settling at Beaver Local High School. She taught at Beaver Local for 25 years until her retirement in 2010.
Her volunteer work has been as varied as her professional achievements. Barrie has served in several Pottery Festival directorships. She has been an executive committee member for the Scholarstic Art Awards since 1997. Barrie has also served in a variety of positions with the East Central Ohio Art Education Association.
With the Ohio Art Education Association, Barrie has held the positions of second vice president and commercial exhibitors chairperson. She was a trustee for the Tri-State Area Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation (Dollars for Scholars®) from 1996 through 2006. She frequently served as a Dollars for Scholars® Awards Committee member as well.Barrie has two daughters and a stepson. She has been married to Tom Archer since 1995. This scholarship is given in Barrie’s honor by her brother, William L. Smith IV, and his wife Dorothea Smith.