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Kiki Smith named IAA Artist in Residence for 2013-14
Internationally renowned sculptor and printmaker Kiki Smith, who received a Department of State Medal of the Arts Award in 2012, is the Institute for the Advancement of the Arts 2013-14 Artist in Residence.
Smith visited UNT in the spring of 2013, when she was the chosen speaker for the annual Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Lecture Series in Contemporary Sculpture and Criticism. In his introduction of Smith, College of Visual Arts and Design Dean Robert Milnes said, “Kiki Smith creates some of the most empathetic, intimate, imagistic and figurative works of our era. Her work is deeply spiritual and at the same time politically charged, addressing philosophical, social and spiritual aspects of human nature through prints, drawings, sculpture and installations.”
While at UNT, she will work with students, visiting classes to talk about her work. Throughout her residency, she will be producing prints and will present the exhibition “Transformations” Jan. 29-Feb. 27 at UNT on the Square.
Said Smith. “I plan to use it [the residency] as an experimental time for learning ways new to me to create large landscape prints celebrating the Texas wildflowers.”
New York’s Museum of Modern Art calls Smith “one of the most significant artists of her generation.” She was among five artists who received the first Department of State Medal of the Arts Awards for the work they have done, including their artwork displayed in U.S. embassies around the world.
Known for her sculptures and prints, which often focus on female iconography, Smith’s artwork is in collections throughout the world including the Art Institute of Chicago, Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.