Pamela Colman Smith (nicknamed Pixie) was a British-Jamaican artist, illustrator, writer and occultist. She is best known for illustrating the "Rider-Waite" (or preferably the Smith-Waite) tarot deck.
Willian Butler Yeats introduced Smith to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, which she joined in 1901 and in the process met A. E. Waite.
In 1893, Smith had moved to Brooklyn, where, at the age of 15, she enrolled at the Pratt Institute.
In 1903, Smith launched her own illustrated magazine under the title "The Green Sheaf." She also wrote and illustrated several books about Jamaican folklore, and exhibited in Alfred Stieglitz's gallery.
In 1909, Waite commissioned Smith to produce a tarot deck with appeal to the world of art. Published by William Rider & Son of London, it has endured as the world's most popular 78-card tarot deck. The innovative cards depict full scenes with figures and symbols on all of the cards including the pips, and Smith's distinctive drawings have become the basis for the design of many subsequent packs.
Pratt Institute in Brooklyn will be having an exhibition dedicated to Pamela Colman Smith January 31 - April 4, in the Library at 200 Willoughby Ave., Brooklyn NY 11205.
Entrance to Pratt campus is at the corner of Hall Street and Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn.
Walk through the gate down a diagonal path past an old cannon, the first building on your left.
Subway: G to Classon Ave
We will gather on the ground floor, where there is a video of Susan Wands speaking on Pamela's life.
We will be going together on Saturday February 23rd at 5 pm. The library will be open until 7:30 pm that evening. We will be going to a local restaurant afterward. (Myrtle Ave.)
The exhibit is open during Library Hours. Her work is placed throughout the library.