Published on December 31, 2014 by Carol
Jaune Quick–to–See Smith (born 1940) is a Native American contemporary artist. Notably her work is held in the collections of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
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Born in 1940 on the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Indian Reservation, Montana, Jaune Quick–to–See Smith is an internationally renowned painter, printmaker and artist.
She earned a BA in Art Education from Framingham State College, Massachusetts, and an MA in Art from the University of New Mexico. Smith has been awarded four honorary doctorates from Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts, Massachusetts College of Art and the University of New Mexico.
Smith has been creating complicated abstract paintings and lithographs since the 1970s. She employs a wide variety of media, working in painting, printmaking and richly textured mixed media pieces. Such images and collage elements as commercial slogans, sign-like petroglyphs, rough drawing, and the inclusion and layering of text are unusually intersected into a complex vision created out of the artist’s personal experience. Her works contain strong, insistent socio-political commentary that speaks to past and present cultural appropriation and abuse, while identifying the continued significance of the Native American peoples.
A guest lecturer at over 185 universities, museums and conferences around the world, Smith has also shown her work in over 90 solo exhibitions. Her work has been reviewed by The New York Times, ArtNews, Art In America, Art Forum, The New Art Examiner and many other notable publications. She has curated numerous Native American exhibitions and serves as an activist and spokesperson for contemporary Native art. She is in many private and public international collections, including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Mankind, Vienna, Austria; The Museum of Modern Art, Quito, Ecuador; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and The Museum of Modern Art, NY. Smith’s work is included in many important museum collections: Museum of Modern Art, NY, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, NY; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, NY; Brooklyn Museum, NY; Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Museum for World Cultures, Frankfurt, Germany and Museum for Ethnology, Berlin.
Among other honors, she has received the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters Grant, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women’s Caucus for the Arts, the College Art Association’s Committee on Women in the Arts Award, the 2005 New Mexico Governor’s Outstanding New Mexico Woman’s Award, and the 2005 New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts (Allan Houser Award). Smith also has been admitted to the New Mexico Women’s Hall of Fame. In 2011, she received a Visionary Woman Award from Moore College of Art & Design.
Recent awards include a grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation to archive her work; the 2011 Art Table Artist Award; Moore College of Art & Design, PA, Visionary Woman Award for 2011; Induction into the National Academy of Art 2011; Living Artist of Distinction, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, NM, 2012; and the Switzer Distinguished Artist Award for 2012. Smith also holds 4 honorary doctorates from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Mass College of Art and the University of New Mexico.
She is exhibiting in a solo exhibition, Water and War, at Accola Griefen Gallery in New York City from February 18 – April 6, 2013.
Smith’s son, Neal Ambrose Smith, is a contemporary printmaker and sculptor.