In November, the New Mexico Art Ed Associations keynote
speaker will be the Native-American Artist Jaune Quick-to-See
Smith. That weekend I'm doing a Collograph Printmaking workshop
at the NMArtEd conference in Sunrise Springs just South of
Santa Fe. The dates are November 11-13, 2005.
Below is a bio on the artist.
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith was born at the Indian Mission on the Flathead
Reservation in 1940. She is an enrolled member of the Confederated
Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Indian Nation, Montana.
She received an Associate of Arts Degree at Olympic College in Bremerton
Washington in 1960. She attended the University of Washington in
Seattle, received her BA in Art Education at Framingham State College in
1976 and a masters degree in art at the University of New Mexico in 1980.
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith is one of the most acclaimed American Indian
artists today. She has been reviewed in all major art periodicals.
Smith has had over 80 solo exhibits in the past 30 years and has done
printmaking projects nationwide. Over that same time, she has organized
and/or curated over 30 Native exhibitions, lectured at more than 185
universities, museums and conferences internationally, most recently at
5 universities in China. Smith has completed several collaborative
public art works such as the floor design in the Great Hall of the new
Denver Airport; an in-situ sculpture piece in Yerba Buena Park, San
Francisco and a mile-long sidewalk history trail in West Seattle.
Smith has received awards such as the Academy of Arts and Letters
Purchase Award, NY l987; the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters Grant
1996; the Woman?s Caucus for the Arts Lifetime Achievement 1997; the
College Art Association Women's Award 2002 and three honorary
doctorates: Minneapolis College of Art and Design 1992; Pennsylvania
Academy of Fine Arts 1998; Massachusetts College of Art 2003; Governor?s
Outstanding New Mexico Woman?s Award 2005.
She is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Quito, Ecuador;
the Museum of Mankind, Vienna, Austria; The Walker, Minneapolis, MN;
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC; the Museum of Modern Art
and The Whitney Museum, both of NY.
Smith calls herself a cultural art worker, which is also apparent in her
work. Elaborating on her Native worldview, Smith's work addresses
today's tribal politics, human rights and environmental issues with
humor. Critic Gerrit Henry, (Art in America 2001) wrote: "For all the
primal nature of her origins, Smith adeptly takes on contemporary
American society in her paintings, drawings and prints, looking at
things Native and national through bifocals of the old and the new, the
sacred and the profane, the divine and the witty."