National Museum of Women in the Arts
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith
January 15 1940 - present
Photograph of Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, courtesy of the artist
Place of Birth:
St. Ignatius
Phonetic Spelling:
zho(n) kwihk-too-see smith
Minority status:
Native American
Native American Tribe:
Work Type/Media:
Drawings and prints, Painting, Performance Art
Artistic Role(s):
Designer, Mixed Media Artist , Painter, Performance Artist, Printmaker
Artist's Biography:
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith was born in St. Ignatius on the Flathead Reservation in 1940. She is an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Indian Nation, Montana.

She received an Associate of Arts Degree at Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington in 1960. She attended the University of Washington in Seattle, received her Bachelor of Arts in Art Education at Framingham State College in 1976, and a Master of Arts in Art at the University of New Mexico in 1980.

Smith is one of the most acclaimed American Indian artists today. She has been reviewed in all major art periodicals. Smith has had over eighty solo exhibits in the past thirty years and has done printmaking projects nationwide. Over that same time, she has organized and/or curated over thirty Native exhibitions, lectured at more than 185 universities, museums and conferences internationally, including five universities in China. Smith has completed several collaborative public art works such as the floor design in the Great Hall of the new Denver Airport; an in-situ sculpture piece in Yerba Buena Park, San Francisco and a mile-long sidewalk history trail in West Seattle.

Smith calls herself a cultural art worker which is also apparent in her work. Elaborating on her Native worldview, Smith's work addresses today's tribal politics, human rights and environmental issues with humor. 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 has received numerous awards and honors. Her work is in the collections of major museums both nationally and internationally. She continues to live and work in New Mexico.

Biography courtesy of Jaune Quick-to-See Smith

Other Occupation(s):
Activist, Curator , Lecturer
Place(s) of Residence:
Where Trained/Schools:
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA (1980) Framingham State College, Framingham, MA, USA (1976) Olympic College, Bremerton, WA, USA (1960)
Related Visual Artists:
influenced by Pablo Picasso influenced by Paul Klee influenced by Robert Rauschenberg
Fellowships, grants and awards:
Governor's Outstanding New Mexico Woman Award, New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women, Albuquerque, NM, USA (2005) Honorary Doctorate, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, USA (2003) Lifetime Achievement Award, National Women’s Caucus for Art, New York, NY, USA (1997)
Earliest exhibition:
Clark Benton Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, USA (1978)
NMWA exhibition(s):
Presswork: The Art of Women Printmakers
Preserving the Past, Securing the Future: Donations of Art, 1987-1997
Four Directions, 1994
Indian, Indio, Indigenous, 1992