Jaune Quick–to–See Smith (born 1940) is a Native American contemporary artist. Her work is held in the collections of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Born January 15, 1940 in St. Ignatius, a small town on the Flathead Reservation on the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Indian Reservation, Montana, Jaune Quick–to–See Smith is an internationally renowned painter, printmaker and artist.Her first name comes from the French word for “yellow” (jaune), from her French-Cree ancestry. Her middle name “Quick-to-See” was given by her Shoshone grandmother as a sign of her ability to grasp things readily.
She earned a BA in Art Education from Framingham State College, Massachusetts, and an MA in Art from the University of New Mexico. She received an Associate of Arts Degree at Olympic College in Bremerton Washington in 1960. She attended the University of Washington, received her BA in Art Education at Framingham State College in 1976 and a masters degree in art at the University of New Mexico in 1980. Smith has been awarded four honorary doctorates from Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts, Massachusetts College of Art and the University of New Mexico. In 2015 she received an honorary degree in Native American Studies from Salish Kootanai College, Pablo, MT.
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