Jaune Quick–to–See Smith

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Jaune Quick–to–See Smith
Born January 15, 1940 (1940-01-15)
Salish and Kootenai Indian Reservation, Montana
Nationality Salish-Kootenai, Métis-Cree, Shoshone-Bannock
Education Framingham State College, University of New Mexico, Olympic College
Known for Painting, Printmaking
Website http://jaunequick-to-seesmith.com

Jaune Quick–to–See Smith (born 1940) is a Native American contemporary artist. Her work is held in the collections of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Hood Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Biography[edit]

Born January 15, 1940 in St. Ignatius,[1] a small town on the Flathead Reservation on the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Indian Reservation, Montana, Jaune Quick–to–See Smith is an internationally renowned painter, printmaker and artist.[2][3] Her first name comes from the French word for "yellow" (jaune), from her French-Cree ancestry. Her middle name "Quick-to-See" was given by her Shoshone grandmother as a sign of her ability to grasp things readily.[1]

She earned a BA in Art Education from Framingham State College, Massachusetts, and an MA in Art from the University of New Mexico.[4] She received an Associate of Arts Degree at Olympic College in Bremerton Washington in 1960. She attended the University of Washington, 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.[5] Smith has been awarded four honorary doctorates from Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts, Massachusetts College of Art and the University of New Mexico.[6] In 2015 she received an honorary degree in Native American Studies from Salish Kootanai College, Pablo, MT.[7]

Smith has been creating complicated abstract paintings and litographs since the 1970s. She employs a wide variety of media, working in painting, printmaking and richly textured mixed media pieces. Such images and collage elements as commercial slogans, sign-like petroglyphs, rough drawing, and the inclusion and layering of text are unusually intersected into a complex vision created out of the artist’s personal experience. Her works contain strong, insistent socio-political commentary that speaks to past and present cultural appropriation and abuse, while identifying the continued significance of the Native American peoples. She addresses today’s tribal politics, human rights and environmental issues with humor. Smith is known internationally for her philosophically centered work regarding her strong traditional beliefs and political activism.[8]

A guest lecturer at over 185 universities, museums and conferences around the world, Smith has also shown her work in over 100 solo exhibitions. Her work has been reviewed by The New York Times, ArtNews, Art In America, Art Forum, The New Art Examiner and many other notable publications. She also organizes and curates numerous Native American exhibitions and serves as an activist and spokesperson for contemporary Native art. She is included in many private and public international collections, including The Whitney Museum of American Art,[9] The Museum of Mankind, Vienna, Austria; The Museum of Modern Art, Quito, Ecuador; the Smithsonian American Art Museum,[10] the National Museum of Women in the Arts,[11] and The Museum of Modern Art, NY. Smith’s work is included in many important museum collections: Museum of Modern Art, NY, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, NY; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, NY; Brooklyn Museum, NY; Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe;[12] Albuquerque Museum;[13]Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Museum for World Cultures, Frankfurt, Germany and Museum for Ethnology, Berlin.

Among other honors, she has received the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters Grant, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's Caucus for the Arts, the College Art Association’s Committee on Women in the Arts Award, the 2005 New Mexico Governor’s Outstanding New Mexico Woman’s Award, and the 2005 New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts (Allan Houser Award). Smith also has been admitted to the New Mexico Women’s Hall of Fame.

Her collaborative public artworks include the terrazzo floor design in the Great Hall of the Denver Airport;[14] an in-situ sculpture piece in Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco;[15] and a mile-long sidewalk history trail in West Seattle.[16]

Recent awards include a grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation to archive her work; the 2011 Art Table Artist Award; Moore College of Art & Design, PA, Visionary Woman Award for 2011; Induction into the National Academy of Art 2011; Living Artist of Distinction, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, NM, 2012;[17] the Switzer Distinguished Artist Award for 2012, and the Woodson Foundation, Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. Smith also holds honorary doctorates from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the University of New Mexico. In 2015 she received an honorary degree in Native American Studies from Salish Kootanai College, Pablo, MT.[7]

Recent solo exhibitions include: 2015: "Art After the Drought"[18] at the Museum of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX; 2014: "Water and War" at the Bernstein Gallery in The Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University;[19] "Artists and Arts Workers" in the Robert E. Elberson Fine Arts Center at Salem College,[20] and an exhibit at the Maudeville Art Gallery[21] at Union College in Schenectady, NY. 2013: "Water and War" at the Accola Griefen Gallery in New York City.[22]

Personal[edit]

Smith's son, Neal Ambrose-Smith, is a contemporary painter, printmaker and sculptor.[23]

Works[edit]

  • The Rancher, 2002, acrylic on canvas,183.5 cm × 122.2 cm (72.2 in × 48.1 in), Hood Museum of Art[24]
  • NDN (for life)," 2000, Mixed Media on canvas, 72 x 48 inches. The Rockwell Museum.[25]
  • Sticky Mouth, 1998, lithograph, 21.457 x 18.898 in. Missoula Art Museum, MT.
  • Flathead Vest: Father and Child, 1996, collage/acrylic on canvas, 60.039 x 49.83 in. Missoula Art Museum, MT.
  • Celebrate 40,000 Years of American Art, 1995, collagraph, 71.38 x 47.40in., Whitney Museum, New York.[26]
  • Coyote Made Me Do It!, 1993, monotype on paper, 41 1/2 x 29 1/2 in. Smith College, MA.
  • Indian Handprint, 1993, monotype on paper, 20.984 x 17.953 in. Missoula, MT.
  • Rain II, 1993, monotype on paper, 41 1/2 x 29 1/2 in.
  • I See Red (snowman), 1992, oil and mixed media collage on canvas, 66 x 50 in.[27][28]
  • The Red Mean: Self-Portrait, 1992, acrylic, newspaper collage, shellac, and mixed media on canvas, 90 x 60 in. Smith College of Art, MA.
  • Trade (Gifts for Trading Land with White People), 1992, oil, mixed media, collage on canvas, objects, 152.4 x 431.8 cm. Chrysler Museum, VA.
  • Ode to Chief Seattle (State II), 1991, lithograph, 22 x 30 in.
  • Paper Dolls for a Post Columbian World with Ensembles Contributed by US Government, 1991-1992, watercolor, pen, and pencil on photocopy paper, each measuring 17 x 11 in. New Mexico Museum of Art, NM.
  • Peyote, 1991, pastel and pencil on paper, 30 x 42 in. Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, NM.
  • Prince William Sound, 1991, collage, mixed media on paper, 22 x 30 in.
  • Rain, 1991, oil and wax on canvas with silver spoons, 80 x 30 in. Heard Museum, AZ.
  • Gifts of Red Cloth, Montana Memories series, 1989, oil and wax on canvas, 72 x 72 in.
  • Starry Night, 1989, oil on canvas, 72 x 72 in. Destroyed by artist.
  • Sunlit, 1989, oil on canvas, 72 x 72 in.
  • Salish Spring, Montana Memories series, 1988–89, oil and wax on canvas, 60.25 x 50 in. Missoula Art Museum, MT.
  • The Spaniard, Montana Memories series, 1988–89, oil and wax on canvas, 60 x 42 in.
  • Escarpment, 1987, oil on canvas, 66 x 48 in.
  • The Court House Steps, 1987, oil on canvas, 72 x 60 in. Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, NM.
  • The Great Divide, 1987, oil on canvas, 72 x 60 in. Saint Paul Travelers, MN.
  • Sunset on the Escarpment, 1987, oil on canvas, 72 x 60 in. Dorothee Peiper-Riegraf, Berlin, Germany.
  • War Zone, 1987, oil on canvas, 72 x 60 in.
  • Georgia on My Mind, 1986, oil on canvas, 64 x 48 in. Yellowstone Art Museum, MT.
  • Herding, 1985, oil on canvas, 66 x 84 in. Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, NM.
  • Untitled, Wallowa Waterhole series, 1978, pastel on paper, 30 x 22 in.
  • Rain Dance, ink drawing, 12 x 12 in.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Artists and Craftspeople, American Indian Lives". American Indian History Online. Facts On File, Inc. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  2. ^ "National Women's History Project". nwhp.org. 
  3. ^ "ART/WRITE – Jaune Quick-to-See Smith". University of Arizona Museum of Art. Archived from the original on 31 October 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Jaune Quick–to–See Smith". University of North Texas. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Brooklyn Museum: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith". www.brooklynmuseum.org. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith Resume". Accola Griefen Gallery. Accola Griefen Gallery. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Athena LaTocha". CUE Art Foundation. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  8. ^ "Accola Griefen Gallery | Jaune Quick-to-See Smith". accolagriefen.com. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  9. ^ "Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, War is Heck, 2002". Whitney Museum. 
  10. ^ "State Names 2002". Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  11. ^ http://www.nmwa.org/collection/profile.asp?LinkID=421
  12. ^ "Jaune Quick-To-See Smith". Matching Small Pox Suits for All Indian Families After U.S. Gov’t Sent Wagon Loads of Smallpox Infested Blankets to Keep Our Families Warm (from the series Paper Dolls for a Post Columbian World). New Mexico Museum of Art. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  13. ^ http://www.albuquerquemuseum.org/exhibitions/permanent-collection?/exhibition/3
  14. ^ "Great Hall Floor | Denver International Airport". www.flydenver.com. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  15. ^ "Public Art at Yerba Buena Gardens". Yerba Buena Gardens. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  16. ^ "Art Beat » Weekly Art Hit: 'West Seattle Cultural Trail'". artbeat.seattle.gov. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  17. ^ Hammond, Harmony (May 9, 2012). "Jaune Quick-to-See Smith". Art in America. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  18. ^ "Texas Tech University :: TechAnnounce". www.techannounce.ttu.edu. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  19. ^ "Jaune Quick-To-See Smith: Water and War". Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  20. ^ "Internationally Renowned Artist Jaune Quick-To-See Smith to Speak at Salem College | Salem College". www.salem.edu. Archived from the original on 2016-03-28. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  21. ^ "Mandeville hosts solo show of Native American visionary". www.union.edu. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  22. ^ "Accola Griefen Gallery | Jaune Quick-to-See Smith". accolagriefen.com. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  23. ^ "Neal Ambrose-Smith". Indian Space Painters. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  24. ^ "The Rancher". Hood Museum. Dartmouth College. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  25. ^ http://rockwellmuseum.org/exhibits-collections/collections/jaune-quick-to-see-smith/
  26. ^ Tremblay, Gail. "Jaune Quick-to-See Smith". Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  27. ^ Kastner, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: An American Modernist, University of New Mexico Press: Albuquerque, 2013.
  28. ^ Ed. Abbot, Lawrence, I Stand in the Center of the Good: Interviews with Contemporary Native American Artists, University of Nebraska Press: Lincoln, 1994.

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