The Visit

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Posted by University of Wisconsin - Whitewater on Monday, March 13, 2017

The UW-Whitewater Art and Design Department is thrilled to announce the premiere Schuh Visiting Artist, Kiki Smith. She will give a free public lecture on her work in printmaking on Monday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in Young Auditorium, 930 West Main Street, Whitewater, WI 53190. The lecture will inaugurate a weeklong printmaking residency in which Smith will work alongside UW-Whitewater faculty and students to create a set of prints. This is an incredible opportunity for UW-Whitewater art students to observe an internationally recognized artist at work and to learn from her expertise.

Smith is a prolific printmaker, photographer and sculptor with a history of innovative investigation of materials and deep conceptual research in these disciplines. Her artwork focuses on the body and sexuality — specifically regarding the differences between private perceptions and public stereotypes. Resisting both modern and classical notions of beauty, her work dives deeper to expose the inner life of the flesh. Often, Smith draws upon themes of death, sexuality and vulnerability to explore gender and the concept of the feminine. Later in her career, Smith explored famous women of history, from Lilith to the Virgin Mary to Little Red Riding Hood, in a continuation of her refashioning of typical representations of women in myth and literature.

Smith's work has been the subject of over 25 solo museum exhibitions worldwide representing a continuously expanding and evolving body of work that includes sculpture, printmaking, photography, drawing and textile. Her work is included in numerous public and private collections, including the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Tate Gallery.

A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Smith has received several awards including the 2012 U.S. State Department National Medal of Arts conferred by Hillary Clinton, The Nelson A. Rockefeller Award for Creativity and the 2016 Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. She is an adjunct professor at New York University and Columbia University. Smith has been represented by Pace Gallery, New York since 1994.

Smith's visit is funded by the Annette and Dale Schuh Visiting Artist Endowment, which was established in 2015 in honor of the experience Annette had at UW-Whitewater as an undergraduate art student interacting with notable visiting artists. It is with this remarkable donor intent that artists of prominence and significant stature will visit UW-Whitewater on an annual basis.

The public is welcome to the free Kiki Smith lecture, Monday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in Young Auditorium.

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