As part of the 2013 Portland Women in Art Lecture Series, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith will speak Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. in the performing arts center on the Sylvania Campus of Portland Community College, 12000 SW 49th Ave.

Admission is free and the public is welcome. Parking is also free at the campus.

The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session 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,” said Smith. “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 look at such topics as environmental destruction, reservation politics, the legacies of colonialism, imperialism and the disasters of Manifest Destiny. Smith is represented by Accola Griefen Gallery, New York.

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.

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

Smiths art, titled Imperialism.

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