Shinique Smith is known for her monumental painting, sculpture and installation works of fabric, clothing and calligraphy that are inspired by the vast nature of ‘things’ that we consume and discard, which resonate on a personal and social scale. The Graffiti of her youth, Japanese calligraphy, and Abstraction are among the influences from which she extracts “the graceful and spiritual qualities in written word & the everyday.”
Her work has also been exhibited and collected by numerous prestigious venues such as Kemper Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, LACMA, MOCA (North Miami), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery (Washington DC), New Museum (New York), MOMA/PS1 (New York), National Women’s Museum (Washington DC), Whitney Museum and Studio Museum in Harlem (New York).
Smith’s works were recently featured in the 8th Busan Biennale in Korea (2016) and the 13th Bienal de Cuenca in Ecuador (2016), as well as, in the Kemper Museum’s current exhibition of abstraction by women of color titled: Magnetic Fields: Expanding Abstraction: 1960’s to Today.
In addition to exhibiting internationally, Smith has produced several large-scale public art commissions for The New York Metro Arts in Transit, The Rose F. Kennedy Greenway (Boston), UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco) and Mural Arts (Philadelphia).
Smith is currently in the process of completing a 60-foot mosaic mural for the Los Angeles Metro Transit Authority and a new iconic outdoor sculptural work for the CTA, city of Chicago.
She was a recipient of the prestigious Anonymous Was a Woman award (2016), and has also received awards and fellowships from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council among others.
Smith earned an MAT from Tufts University & The Museum School (2000), and both an MFA (2003) and BFA (1992) from Maryland Institute College of Art, where Smith served on the Board of Trustees (2013-2016).
Vanderbilt Press recently released a comprehensive publication of Smith’s work titled, Shinique Smith: Wonder and Rainbows with The Frist Center for the Visual Arts (Nashville).