Camille Converse-Smith

Local artist Camille Converse-Smith has a deep-seated passion for creativity and nature. Camille, unveiling a natural talent, effortlessly navigates a spectrum of mediums—acrylics, watercolors, pen and ink, shattered glass mosaics, stained glass, and photography—all without formal training. Her creations grace the Antigo Public Library, AVA Gallery, and Flora and Fauna of Langlade County mural.

As the lead artist for the Busche building mural (Flora and Fauna of Langlade County) and a contributor to the Thrivent horseracing mural, she’s left an indelible mark on downtown Antigo.

Currently serving on the Board of Directors for Antigo Visual Arts, she wears the hat of the library liaison for Art in the Library. Notably, Camille played a pivotal role in the success of the Vavruska auction as a key member of the four-person committee. Converse-Smith earned recognition early in her artistic journey, clinching the Lula B. Jacob award in 1978 at the Leigh Yawkee Woodson Art Museum for a silver ring and an Outstanding Merit Award for a watercolor. Her passion for art ignited in high school, largely influenced by her favorite teacher, ‘Mr. K,’ whose infectious happiness made art class the highlight of her high school years. As an amateur photographer, she finds inspiration in her own snapshots, translating them into vibrant paintings. Beyond canvases, she crafts unique necklaces and Christmas ornaments from her collection of Lake Superior driftwood and stones, turning nature’s treasures into one-of-a-kind pieces of art.

Camille Converse-Smith’s Artwork


As I drove along Highway 64 in Langlade County, passing through the Ackley recreation area, inspiration struck for my piece, “Marsh”mellow. The stark contrast between the evergreens and the swampy brush along the roadside sparked a vivid image in my mind.