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PCC welcomes celebrated Native American artist for annual lecture event

by: SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Artist Jaune Quick-To-See Smith will speak on Thursday, Nov. 21, in the Portland Community College Sylvania Campus Performing Arts Center.Portland Community College is hosting an internationally recognized artist for its 2013 Portland Women in Art Lecture Series.

Jaune Quick-To-See Smith will speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, in the Sylvania Campus' Performing Arts Center, 12000 S.W. 49th Ave. Admission is free, and the public is welcomed.

The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer period moderated by Kat Griefen, who is co-owner and director of the Accola Griefen Gallery in New York.

"I am a Native American from the plateau, grew up in many places around the Pacific Northwest with my father who was a horse trader," Smith said. "Coming to Portland gives me great joy as it feels like a homecoming. I am looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones."

Smith's talk "My Life as a Cultural Arts Worker" will address not only her artistic process, but also the complex political and cultural symbols as well as narrative elements she weaves into her paintings, prints and other works.

Her paintings and prints combine images and texts that reference contemporary issues as well as Native American history, art, oratory and mythology. Her work is political as it takes a clear-eyed look at such topics as environmental destruction, reservation politics, the legacies of colonialism, imperialism and the disasters of Manifest Destiny.

Her career as an artist, curator and teacher spans five decades. She earned a bachelor's degree in art education from Framingham State College in Massachusetts and a master's degree in art from the University of New Mexico. In addition, she holds four honorary doctoral degrees. by: SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Artist Jaune Quick-To-See Smith will speak on Thursday, Nov. 21, in the Portland Community College Sylvania Campus Performing Arts Center. Above, is one of her paintings called 'Imperialism.'

Smith's work is held in museums worldwide, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum for Ethnology in Berlin and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She is an enrolled Salish member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation in Montana and was born at the Indian Mission on her reservation.

Smith's lecture is the third for PCC's Portland Women in Art Lecture Series, which was founded in 2010. The goal of the series is to present important women in the visual arts to the students and faculty of Portland Community College as well as to a larger Portland audience. The project focuses on pioneering feminist artists and women significant in the fields of art and art history.

Portland Community College and Sylvania's Associated Students funded this year's series. The Sylvania Campus Diversity Fund, the School of Art and Design at Portland State University, and the Portland Art Museum's Native American Art Council provided additional support.

For more information on this event, contact Marie Sivak at 971-722-8314.

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