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Lecture: Contemporary Native American Art
April 2, 2019 @ 7:30pm
Quick-to-See-Smith lecture, panel on Native art set for April 2 at MSU
MSU News Service
BOZEMAN – Noted artist Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith will lecture about contemporary Native American art at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in Montana State University’s Inspiration Hall in Norm Asbjornson Hall as part of the MSU College of Arts and Architecture’s 2019 President’s Fine Arts Series.
Smith will share a survey of her own activist work and painting as well as images of the some of the latest Native American art, much of which deals with technology, video, installation and ephemeral art. Her lecture is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a panel with several Native American artists including her son, Neal Ambrose-Smith; printmaker and MSU graduate Corwin “Corky” Clairmont; Linda King; and Susan Stuart.
Smith is internationally known as an artist, curator, lecturer, printmaker and professor. She uses humor and satire to examine myths, stereotypes and the paradox of American Indian life in contrast to the consumerism of American society. She has said her work is philosophically centered by her strong traditional beliefs and political activism.
Smith was born at St. Ignatius Mission and is an enrolled Salish member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai. Her work is in collections at the Whitney Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Walker, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Among her awards are a Montana Governor’s Arts Award in 2018, the New Mexico Governor’s Arts Award, the Moore College Visionary Woman Award for 2011 and the 2011 ArtTable Artist Award. She has received a grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation to archive her work and was inducted into the National Academy of Design in 2011. New Mexico’s Georgia O’Keeffe Museum named her a Living Artist of Distinction in 2012.
In addition to her lecture and panel discussion, Quick-to-See-Smith will work with MSU students in their classrooms April 2-5.
Dean Adams, associate dean of the MSU College of Arts and Architecture, said his college was honored to have an artist of Smith’s caliber visit campus as part of MSU’s annual President’s Fine Arts Series.
“Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith is a world-renowned powerful maker who fully embraces what it means to be a contemporary artist,” Adams said. “Smith’s work expresses a much needed voice and important lived experience relevant to our times. She cares deeply for the environment and her work serves as a critique of our material culture and the accumulation of pollution and toxins resulting from our lives.”
The President’s Fine Arts Series is sponsored by the Office of the President and the College of Arts and Architecture. For a full schedule and more information, go to the college’s online event calendar.