For immediate release


Clean Penny Service is pleased to announce that we will be performing at Rawson Projects on Thursday, May 18th from 6–8 PM. 
Visitors are asked to bring a dirty penny to the gallery to be cleaned, free of charge. 

Clean Penny service (CPS) is a performance duo of Lizzie Wright and Mike Smith. Established in 2009, our mission is to clean a dirty penny for each passerby, using “natural” methods whenever possible, free of charge. The aim of CPS’s portable laboratory is to provide quick and efficient “while you wait service,” returning even the dirtiest of pennies in minutes. Clean Penny Service has cleaned over 500 pennies- worldwide! CPS has performed at a variety of venues including the Brooklyn Museum, Museum 52, St Cecilia's Convent, and NADA County Art Fair.


Mike Peter Smith grew up in Salt Lake City, UT.  He received a BFA with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Utah in 1997, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000. In 2013 Mr. Smith became an Associate researcher at the American Museum of Natural History in the Division of Anthropology.  He has exhibited with Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York; Bodybuilder and Sportsman, Chicago; and Ambrosino Gallery, Miami.  His work has been included in group exhibitions at the Queens Museum, NY; Ronald Feldman Gallery, NY; Flux Factory, LIC; Wayfarers, Brooklyn; and Vox Populi, Philadelphia.  He lives and works in Brooklyn.  

Lizzie Wright was born in Louisiana, and lives and works in New York. She has exhibited with Essex Flowers, NY; Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, NY; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn; Rawson Projects, NY; Regina Rex, NY; Brooklyn; Museum 52, NY; Artist Curated Projects and Three Days Awake, Los Angeles; Adds Donna, Chicago; Katzen American University, Washington, D.C. She received an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University.