Henry Schmidt is a Western New York artist, working primarily in painting and sculpture. He earned his BFA in Painting and Illustration from Syracuse University in 1974, and Master of Education in Art and General Studies from SUNY College at Buffalo in 1981. His career path has included art education, commercial illustration, graphic design and being Art Director at WKBW-TV, 1982-1989. From 1989 to 2013 Schmidt worked at Fisher Price Toys, starting as a product art manager and retiring as director of product art and sculpture.
Since 2014, he has created art within his own firm, Henry Schmidt Art & Design, and been a Roycroft Renaissance Artisan, and artist-in-residence at the Buffalo Maritime Center, involved with the development of the Buffalo Maritime Foundry. He has exhibited his work in a number of group shows, including at the Artists Group Gallery in Buffalo, NY (2018, 2017) and the Burchfield Penney Center (2016, 2012). Schmidt has also completed commissioned works, including the 155th New York Infantry Regiment Monument to commemorate the Civil War regiment. The monument has been incorporated into the Naval and Servicemen's Park at the waterfront.