Jaune Quick-to-See Smith


Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (born 1940) is a Native American visual artist and curator. She is an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and is also of Métis and Shoshone descent. She is an educator, storyteller, art advocate, and political activist. Over the course of her five-decade long career, Smith has gained a reputation for her prolific work, being featured in over 90 solo exhibitions, curating over 30 exhibitions, and lecturing at approximately 200 museums, universities, and conferences. Her work draws from a Native worldview and comments on American Indian identity, histories of oppression, and environmental issues.

In the mid-1970s, Smith gained prominence as a painter and printmaker, and later she advanced her style and technique with collage, drawing, and mixed media. Her works have been widely exhibited and many are in the permanent collections of prominent art museums including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Walker Art Center as well as the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Museum of Women in the Arts. Her work has also been collected by New Mexico Museum of Art (Santa Fe) and Albuquerque Museum, both located in a landscape that has continually served as one of her greatest sources of inspiration. In 2020 the National Gallery of Art announced it had bought her painting I See Red: Target (1992), which thus became the first painting on canvas by a Native American artist in the gallery.

Smith actively supports the Native arts community by organizing exhibitions and project collaborations, and she has also participated in national commissions for public works. She lives in Corrales, New Mexico, near the Rio Grande, with her family. Smith is represented by Garth Greenan Gallery in New York City.

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Artist, designer, lithographer, mixed-media artist, painter, pastelist, sculptor, serigrapher

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Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Ghost Dance Dress, Insightful Awareness, Jaune Quick-to-see Smith, 'Insightful Awareness' Smith, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith

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