Jaune Quick-to-See Smith

03.23.2023 – 04.30.2023

Charles M. Bair Family Gallery & Northwest Projects Gallery

In celebration of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s retrospective, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith: Memory Map, opening April 19 – August 2023, the YAM will exhibit twelve works by Smith from the permanent collection. Smith’s paintings, drawings, and prints, grounded in personal and political identity themes, layer energetic brushwork and markings with collaged materials and references to Indigenous traditions.

Born January 15, 1940, at the St. Ignatius Mission of the Flathead Indian Reservation, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, a citizen of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation, received an Associate of Arts Degree at Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington, in 1960, a BA in Art Education from Framingham State College, Massachusetts, in 1976, and an MA in Visual Arts from the University of New Mexico in 1980.

Smith has received numerous awards such as the Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Award, New York, l987; the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters Grant, 1996; the Women’s Caucus for the Arts Lifetime Achievement, 1997; the College Art Association Women’s Award, 2002; Governor’s Outstanding New Mexico Woman’s Award, 2005; New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, 2005. Art Table Artist Honoree, New York, 2011; Visionary Woman Award, Moore College, Pennsylvania, 2011; Elected to the National Academy of Art, New York, 2011; Living Artist of Distinction Award, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, 2012; NAEA Ziegfeld Lecture Award, 2014; The Woodson Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, 2015 along with four honorary doctorates: Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 1992; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1998; Massachusetts College of Art, 2003; University of New Mexico, Albuquerque 2009.

Smith’s work in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Quito, Ecuador; the Museum of Mankind, Vienna, Austria; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.; the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

The Whitney retrospective will travel to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and includes two works from the Yellowstone Art Museum’s permanent collection: Tongass Trade Canoe (1996) and Ronan Robe #2 (1977).