Keynote 2024

Instead of having just one speaker, this year’s all virtual conference will feature a keynote conversation. Join the conversation online as Marcella Ernest, Assistant Professor of Native American Art History at the University of New Mexico speaks with cultural arts worker Jaune Quick-to-See Smith about her journey as an artist, as a curator, as a creator. The conversation is pre-recorded with a live q & a portion following.

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith calls herself a cultural arts worker. She uses humor and satire to examine myths, stereotypes and the paradox of American Indian life in contrast to the consumerism of American society. Her work is philosophically centered by her strong traditional beliefs and political activism. Smith is internationally known as an artist, curator, lecturer, printmaker and free-lance professor as well as a mentor for she believes that Giving Back is a life philosophy. She was born at St. Ignatius Mission, raised by her father who was an illiterate horse trader, she had her social security card at age eight when she started work as a field hand year round, she worked as a waitress and in the canneries through high school. Smith earned an Art Ed degree at Framingham State, MA (now University) and a Master’s in art at the University of NM. Before completing her degree, Smith began exhibiting in NY at the Kornblee Gallery and organizing Native exhibitions. Smith organized and curated over thirty Native exhibitions in 40 plus years. Smith has given over 200 lectures at museums and universities internationally and has shown in over 125 solo exhibits and over 650 group exhibits. Her work is in collections such as Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Brooklyn Museum; the Museum of Modern Art, Quito Ecuador; the Whitney Museum NY; the Walker, Berlin Museum of Ethnology, Germany; University of Regina, Canada; the Museum of Modern Art in NY. Smith holds 5 honorary degrees and numerous awards such as: 1987 Academy of Art and Letters, Purchase Award, NY;1995 Painting Award, Fourth International Bienal, Cuenca, Ecuador S.A.; 1996 Joan Mitchell Foundation Award; 1997 Women’s Caucus for Art, Lifetime Achievement; 2005 New Mexico Governor’s Award; 2011 Inducted into the National Academy of Design; 2012 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Living Artist of Distinction; Honorary BA Degree, Salish Kootenai College, MT; 2018 Montana Governor’s Award; 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award in Printmaking, Southern Graphics Council International; 2019 Murray Reich Award, NY; 2020 United States Artists Fellowship; 2021 Brazilian Biennial, 2022 Barnard Medal of Distinction, Anonymous Was A Woman Award; 2023 Retrospective, Whitney Museum; Archives of American Art Medal; 2024 Honorary Degree at Maryland Art Institute

Marcella Ernest

Marcella is an Assistant Professor of Native American Art History at the University of New Mexico and an interdisciplinary artist best known for creating experimental film, video, and sound. Her research explores the varying relationships between abstract expressions and poetics, sound studies, remix culture, and Native feminisms. Marcella is Gunflint Lake Ojibwe and an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior.