Barney Smith (artist)

Barney Smith
Born(1921-05-25)May 25, 1921
DiedJuly 23, 2019(2019-07-23) (aged 98)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
museum curator

Barney Smith (May 25, 1921 – July 23, 2019) was an American master plumber, artist and museum curator. He was best known for his Toilet Seat Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, which he operated out of his home. It featured more than 1,000 pieces of art and drew visitors from around the globe.[1]

Early life

Smith was born in Eastland, Texas on May 25, 1921.[2] His father was a plumber and his mother was a fiber artist. He attended a Bible training program at Lee University in Tennessee, and later worked for the college as a maintenance engineer. He also worked as a pastor in New Orleans, Louisiana, for a brief time before moving to San Antonio in 1961.[2]

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