Born on the Flathead Reservation, Montana, 1940
Lives in Corrales, New Mexico
Studied at Framingham State College, Massachusetts (B.A., Art Education, 1976) and the University of New Mexico (M.A.,Art, 1980)
Smith calls herself a cultural art worker. Elaborating on her Native American worldview, Smith's work addresses today's tribal politics, human rights, and environmental issues with a keen sense of humor.
She describes her latest prints at Tamarind as follows:
Eye Candy: The natural world dazzles me and becomes my “Eye Candy”.
The American Landscape: The American Landscape is undergoing constant change by political and corporate economic agendas impacting the natural world and creating an assemblage of a nuclear admixture. Some scientists believe that eventually humans will self-immolate, thus leaving the planet to the surviving insects, like perhaps the cockroaches.
Selected recent exhibitions
2006 Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: New Drawings, Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Made in America, Montclair Museum, Montclair, New Jersey
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: New Paintings, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia
The Missing Peace for the Dalai Lama, Fowler Museum, Los Angeles, California
Chamalieres Carrefour Internationale de L'estampe, French Print Triennial, Clichy, France
2005 Connections – New work/Old Work, Flomenhaft Gallery, New York, New York
Made in America, UNM Art Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico
She Paints the Horse, Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, Wyoming
2004 Postmodern Messenger, Tucson Art Museum, Tucson, Arizona
Continuum 12 Artists, NY Customs House/Smithsonian, New York
2003 Belger Foundation, University of Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri
2002 200 Years: Change/No Change,Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
2001 Poet in Paint, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase Collage, State University of New York
2000 New Work, Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Selected public collections
Autry Museum, Los Angeles, California
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland
Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, NH
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
Museum of Modern Art, Quito, Ecuador
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, KS
The Museum of Mankind, Vienna, Austria
The National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith's monoprints honor the rituals of her native Flathead community. The Ceremony Series was inspired by the artist's own participation last summer in an Okant (Sundance) with her Flathead and Blackfeet relatives at Badger Creek, Montana.
Smith was the 1997 recipient of the Women's Caucus for Art Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Visual Arts. Her one-person show, Subversion/Affirmation: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, A Survey, which originated at the Jersey City Museum in New Jersey, will end its national tour in February 1998 at the Art Museum of Missoula, Montana. She shows regularly at the LewAllen Gallery in Santa Fe and at Steinbaum Krauss in New York. The Museum of Modern Art, the National Museum of American Art, and The Museum of Mankind, Vienna, Austria, are a few of the major collections which include Smith's work.
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