Jacob Getlar Smith was a painter and muralist who worked mostly in New York City. Smith studied at the National Academy of Design in New York from 1919 to 1921.
In 1929, Smith was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in the field of fine arts, for creative work in painting.
In 1930, Smith was awarded the Mr. and Mrs. Frank G. Logan Prize of seven hundred and fifty dollars for his painting, Friends, by the Committee on Painting and Sculpture of the Art Institute of Chicago.
He died at Montefiore Hospital in The Bronx, New York on October 28, 1958.