Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (photo by Thomas King (Cherokee))

Native American Art Lecture Offered at Hartwick

March 27, 2012

Hartwick College will welcome renowned scholar Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith for a lecture titled "A Survey of Contemporary Native American Art" at 7: 30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 in the Anderson Center for the Arts on the College campus. The lecture is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Smith calls herself a cultural art worker. She uses humor and satire to examine myths, stereotypes and the paradox of American Indian life in contrast to the consumerism of American society. Her work is philosophically centered by her strong traditional beliefs and political activism.

Smith is internationally known as an artist, curator, lecturer, printmaker and professor. She was born at St. Ignatius Mission on her Reservation and is an enrolled Salish member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation of Montana. She holds four honorary doctorates from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Massachusetts College of Art and the University of New Mexico.

Critic Gerrit Henry ("Art in America" 2001) wrote: "For all the primal nature of her origins, Smith adeptly takes on contemporary American society in her paintings, drawings and prints, looking at things Native and national through bifocals of the old and the new, the sacred and the profane, the divine and the witty."

Smith's work is in collections at the Whitney Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Walker, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Recent awards include a grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation to archive her work; the 2011 Art Table Artist Award; Moore College Visionary Woman Award for 2011; Induction into the National Academy of Art 2011; Living Artist of Distinction, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, NM 2012; the Switzer Award for 2012.

Smith's visit is sponsored by the Richard L. Haan Fund in Native American Studies, Department of Art and Art History, Department of History, Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies, US Pluralism Center and Visiting Writers Series.

Smith will also offer a monoprinting workshop on April 12. For more information, contact Hartwick Professor of Art Phil Young at 607-431-4829 or

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