Kiki Smith (born 1954) has been known since the 1980s for her multidisciplinary practice relating to the human condition and the natural world. She uses a broad variety of materials to continuously expand and evolve a body of work that includes sculpture, printmaking, photography, drawing and textiles.


The artist has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions worldwide including over 25 museum exhibitions. Her work has been featured at five Venice Biennales, including the 2017 edition. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2017 was awarded the title of Honorary Royal Academician by the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Previously, Smith was recognized in 2006 by TIME Magazine as one of the “TIME 100: The People Who Shape Our World.”


Other awards include the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture in 2000; the 2009 Edward MacDowell Medal; the 2010 Nelson A. Rockefeller Award, Purchase College School of the Arts; the 2013 U.S. Department of State Medal of Arts, conferred by Hillary Clinton; and the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center, among others. She is an adjunct professor at NYU and Columbia University.


related works

  • In our sister gallery, form & concept, feminist artist Thais Mather creates charred sculptures and figurative prints inspired by the roles of women in culture. View her work.
  • Native artist Jaune Quick-To-See Smith draws from Indigenous history and storytelling to create animated figurative works that contemplate contemporary culture. View her work.
  • In our sister gallery, form & concept, Susan Aaron-Taylor sculpts surreal animals metamorphosing from felt and found objects. View her work.