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Dionne Benjamin-Smith has achieved critical regard and success as a professional graphic designer and visual artist.

In the late 1990s, Benjamin-Smith created an email marketing service promoting local art and cultural events. Over the years it grew from a few simple emails promoting singular events and evolved into a popular weekly digital online eMagazine called Bahamian Art & Culture Newsletter, produced by Smith & Benjamin Art & Design, a company owned by Dionne and her husband, Jolyon Smith.

The eMagazine highlights local art and cultural events, competitions, and workshops and also features editorials, letters to the editor, academic art texts, and inspirational news and stories about local, regional, and international artists and creatives. Eighteen years later, the eMagazine continues to thrive with new subscribers every week and boasts a sizeable readership in The Bahamas, Caribbean, and throughout the world.

Recently, Benjamin-Smith was inspired to create an independent publishing press called Smith+Benjamin Publishing geared towards producing books that give voice to writers, poets, and artists outside of the mainstream who otherwise would never be heard.

To date, the new press has published two books—artist catalogues— entitled, Lou Lihou, The Artist and the Sea and The Bahamas: A Lifetime of Photography by Roland Rose. Benjamin-Smith is currently editing and designing several volumes of poetry which is scheduled to be published in 2019/2020.

Dionne Benjamin-Smith obtained an AA in Fine Art with distinction from The College of The Bahamas (COB) and a BFA in Graphic Design with honours from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).