‘Tribal Diversity’ to be Displayed in Crisp Museum

by News Bureau on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 19, 2012 – “Tribal Diversity” will be displayed beginning Nov. 2 in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The public is invited to attend an opening reception from 4-8 p.m. Nov. 2. The exhibit will remain on display through Jan. 27.

“Tribal Diversity” presents the works of the mother and son artists, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith and Neal Ambrose-Smith, who are both deeply connected to their Native American heritage.

Jaune Quick-To-See Smith creates works that address the myths of her ancestors in the context of current issues facing Native Americans, and Neal Ambrose-Smith often mixes tribal imagery and humor with current events and political issues. Both are enrolled Salish, Cree, Shoshone and Métis members from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation in Montana.

Jaune Quick-To-See Smith received an Associate of Arts Degree at Olympic College in Bremerton, Wash. She attended the University of Washington in Seattle and received her Bachelor of Arts in Art Education at Framingham State University in Massachusetts and her Master of Arts at the University of New Mexico.

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith is one of the most acclaimed Native American artists today and has been reviewed in most art periodicals. She has had over 100 solo exhibits in the past 40 years and has done printmaking projects nationwide. During that time, she organized and/or curated more than 30 Native American exhibitions and lectured at more than 200 universities, museums and conferences internationally, most recently at five universities in China. Jaune Quick-To-See Smith has completed several collaborative public art works, including the floor design in the Great Hall of the new Denver Airport, an in-situ sculpture piece in Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco, a mile-long sidewalk history trail in West Seattle, and a terrazzo floor design at the Denver Airport.

Jaune Quick-To-See Smith has received numerous awards, including the Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Award in l987; Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant in 1996; Women’s Caucus for Art 1997 Lifetime Achievement Award; College Art Association Women’s Award in 2002; Governor’s Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women in 2005; New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2005; Art Table Artist Honoree in 2011; Visionary Woman Award in 2011; Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s Living Artist of Distinction Award in 2012; Switzer Distinguished Artist Award in 2012; and honorary doctorates from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and University of New Mexico.

Jaune Quick-To-See Smith’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in Quito, Ecuador; Museum of Mankind in Vienna, Austria; Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; Smithsonian Institution’s American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.; The Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; and Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Jaune Quick-To-See Smith calls herself a cultural art worker, which is apparent in her work. Elaborating on her Native American worldview, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith’s work addresses today’s tribal politics, human rights and environmental issues with humor. Critic Gerrit Henry in Art in America in 2001 wrote, “For all the primal nature of her origins, Jaune Quick-To-See 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.”

“I consider myself a cultural art worker, addressing issues of our time from a Native American world view. Using a mixture of humor and pathos, I create a pictorial narrative. Political art can be locked in its own time, but I strive for reportage of the human condition and its multiple facets, such as greed, violence, war, human and animal rights, the environment. From lobbing rocks in cave times to lobbing rockets in our time, there is still a need for chant, prayer, hopefulness, ceremony and beauty. Painting and making art is a way of working it out,” said Jaune Quick-To-See Smith.

The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, located at 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. on weekends. For more information, call (573) 651- 2260 or email museum@semo.edu.