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Jaune Quick-To-See Smith: Paintings and Drawings opens at the ASU Art Museum, Oct. 25

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Salmon Jumping, mixed media on paper, 29 x 41.” Collection of the ASU Art Museum.

Photo courtesy of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

October 13, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. - Artworks by famed Native American artist and activist Jaune-Quick-To-See Smith that show her concern for the environment and her native culture are presented in the exhibition, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith: Paintings and Drawings at the ASU Art Museum, Oct. 25 - Jan. 28.

The exhibition of 10 artworks includes vibrant mixed-media combinations of abstract and realistic imagery. With titles ranging from Indian Land Series: Indigenous , to Albuquerque Sunset and Salmon Jumping , Smith explores her personal history and cultural heritage as well as environmental, political and social issues faced by Native Americans.

"Jaune's work is visual storytelling in layers of symbols, collaged newspaper, pigments and paint. Her complex images and rich surfaces reflect those concerns in a poetic tenor comprehensible to people from both Native and Euro-American cultures," said curator Jean Makin.  

Born in 1940 on the Flathead Reservation in Montana and currently living in Corrales, New Mexico, Smith received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Framingham State College (Mass.) and a Master of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico. She also received honorary doctorates from the Massachusetts College of Fine Arts, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She has participated in nearly 100 group and solo exhibitions, including a solo exhibition at the Tucson Museum of Art in 2004.

Jaune Quick-To-See Smith: Paintings and Drawings coincides with the Native American Art Studies Association (NAASA) conference hosted by ASU and the Heard Museum, Oct. 26-29, 2005. Smith will receive a lifetime achievement award at the conference. For more information, go to

The ASU Art Museum is part of the Herberger College of Fine Arts and is located on the southeast corner of Mill Avenue and 10 th Street in Tempe. Exhibition hours are 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Tuesdays and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is free.   For more information, call 480-965-2787 or visit the museum online at

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