Kiki Smith is a New York-based visual artist. Raised in South Orange, New Jersey, she enrolled at Hartford Art School in Connecticut in 1974 but dropped out eighteen months later. Around 1978, she joined Collaborative Projects, Inc. (Colab), an artists’ collective devoted to making art accessible through exhibitions outside commercial gallery settings. It was during this period that she made her first artworks, monotypes of everyday objects. Smith’s most recent U.S. solo exhibitions have been organized by Pace Gallery, New York, NY (2014); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (2006); and Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (2003).
Some of Smith’s most noteworthy awards include the U.S. State Department Medal of Arts given by Hillary Clinton (2012); the Theo Westenberger Women of Excellence Award (2010); and the Nelson A. Rockefeller Award, Purchase College School of the Arts (2010).