Charles William Smith (1893 - 1987) was an American art professor, printmaker, and painter. Born in Lofton, Virginia, Smith attended the University of Virginia, the Corcoran Art School, and the Yale School of Fine Art. He moved to Richmond, Virginia in 1925, establishing himself as a commercial artist with the printing from of white and Shepperson. His first teaching position was in 1927 at the Richmond School of Social Work and Public Health (Richmond Professional Institute and then VCU). Over the course of his teaching career, he held positions at the University of Richmond, the College of William and Mary, and the New York School of Printing. He also served as the chair of the art department at Bennington College from 1936 to 1947, and at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. During his career as a professional artist, Smith exhibited works at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Charles W. Smith died in Charlottesville in 1987.