Smith has had a long and distinguished career. Her work is collected by museums such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI, the Museum fuer Voelkerkunde (Museum of Mankind), Frankfurt, Germany, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England.
In her own words:
“My work and activism have always been about tribe and community. My worldview is that we ‘Give Back’ lovingly when we can and receive graciously when we are in need. The other day I heard Governor Jerry Brown say wisely in an interview that modernity is about two things: individualism and oil. We’ve tried both and neither one works. It’s gotten us into this mess. Everything I write, do or say is about my tribal philosophy, we must care about one another and our living planet. There is no other way if we are to survive.
“I am a cultural arts worker because I not only paint, do printmaking, some sculpture, draw, make collage, and do public art, but I am also an independent teacher/professor and activist. I lecture, teach printmaking workshops, jury, curate, write and organize exhibitions for the Native community. In my work I use humor and satire to present narratives on ethical treatment of animals, humans and our planet. My work is philosophically centered by my strong traditional Salish beliefs.”
Coyote Speaks, 2009
Charcoal, diptych, 22 x 60 inches
oil on canvas 72 x 48
oil on canvas, 72 x 48