b. 1967 Riverside, CA
Resides in Chicago, IL
Cauleen Smith (born Riverside, California, 1967) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work reflects upon the everyday possibilities of the imagination. Operating in multiple materials and arenas, Smith roots her work firmly within the discourse of mid-twentieth- century experimental film. Drawing from structuralism, third world cinema, and science fiction, she makes things that deploy the tactics of these disciplines while offering a phenomenological experience for spectators and participants. Her films, objects, and installations have been featured in group exhibitions at the Studio Museum of Harlem; the Contemporary Art Museum Houston; Yerba Buena Center for Art; the New Museum, New York; D21 Leipzig and Decad, Berlin. She has had solo shows for her films and installations at The Kitchen, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and Threewalls, Chicago. Smith’s In The Wake banners are included in the current Whitney Biennial and she will have a solo exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago (2017) and the ICA Philadelphia (2018). She is represented by Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago and Kate Werble Gallery, New York. Smith is the recipient of several grants and awards including the inaugural Ellsworth Kelly Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Art in 2016, the 2016 Herb Alpert Award for Film/Video, Rockefeller Media Arts Award, Creative Capital Film /Video, Chicago 3Arts Grant, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Artadia, and a Rauschenberg Residency in 2015. Smith was born in Riverside, California and grew up in Sacramento. Smith earned a B.A in Cinema from San Francisco State University in 1991 and an M.F.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1998. Smith studied with Trinh T. Minh Ha, Angela Davis, and Lynn Hershman-Gleeson at San Francisco State University. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2007. Smith lives in Chicago and is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois-Chicago.