Jaune Quick-to-See Smith

(American | Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation, born 1940)

Celebrated Native American artist Jaune Quick-to-see Smith (Salish-Kootenai) uses her art to comment on American Indian identity, histories of oppression, and environmental issues.

Jaune Quick-To-See Smith grew up on the Flathead Nation in Montana in a home where art and horses were equally important. She traveled around the Pacific Northwest and California with her father, who was a horse trader. She graduated from Puyallup High School in Western Washington and earned an Associate of Arts degree at Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington in 1960. She studied at the University of Washington before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education from Framingham State College in Massachusetts in 1976. She had to take many breaks from college to earn money. In 1980, she earned a Master of Arts degree in Art from the University of New Mexico. Quick-to-See Smith’s artworks are represented in many museum collections, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C. and the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City.