Jaune Quick-To-See Smith

Jaune Quick-To-See Smith (b. 1940) was born at the St. Ignatius Indian Mission on the Flathead Reservation in Montana. She is an enrolled Salish member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation. She earned a BA in Art Education at Framingham State College in Massachusetts and an MA in Art from the University of New Mexico. Concerned not only with preserving the heritage of all Native Americans, her works also engage contemporary issues that blend traditional Indian symbols with the imagery of 20th century artists, including Joan Miro and Paul Klee. Smith combines appropriated imagery from commercial slogans and signage with art history and personal narratives. She has developed an intimate visual language through which she conveys her insistent socio-political commentary. Her paintings and prints, grounded in themes of personal and political identity, have garnered her numerous accolades, such as the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters Grant and the Women’s Caucus for the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as honorary doctorates from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Massachusetts College of Art, and the University of New Mexico. Smith’s work is included in many prestigious collections including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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