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Jaune Quick-to-See Smith

A black-and-white photograph of a light-skinned adult woman with long dark hair, shown in full face from the chest up, standing in front of a light-colored wall. She wears large earrings and a black turtleneck top.

Photo courtesy of the artist

Born in 1940

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith creates work that addresses the myths of her ancestors in the context of current issues facing Native Americans.

Raised on the Flathead Reservation, Smith is deeply connected to her heritage. She creates work that addresses the myths of her ancestors in the context of current issues facing Native Americans. her inspiration stems from the formal innovations of such artists as Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, and Robert Rauschenberg, as well as traditional Native American art.

Smith works with paint, collage, and appropriated imagery. Through a combination of representational and abstract images, she confronts subjects such as the destruction of the environment, governmental oppression of native cultures, and the pervasive myths of Euro-American cultural hegemony.

Smith has had more than eighty solo exhibits over the past thirty years. During the same period, she organized and curated more than thirty Native exhibitions and lectured at almost 200 universities, museums, and conferences.

She has also completed several collaborative public art works such as the floor design in the Great Hall of the Denver International Airport; an in-situ sculpture piece in Yerba Buena Park, San Francisco, and mile-long sidewalk history trail in West Seattle.

Artist Details

  • Name

    Jaune Quick-to-See Smith
  • Birth

    St. Ignatius, Montana, 1940
  • Phonetic Spelling

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  • NMWA Exhibitions

    • Trove: The Collection in Depth, 2011–2012
    • Pressing Ideas: Fifty Years of Women’s Lithographs from Tamarind, 2011
    • Telling Secrets: Codes, Captions, and Conundrums in Contemporary Art, 2009–2010
    • Preserving the Past, Securing the Future: Donations of Art, 1987–1997, 1997–98
    • Presswork: The Art of Women Printmakers, 1991

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