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Artwork copyright Jaune Quick-to-See Smith. Photo courtesy of Washington State Arts Commission.

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Ode to Chief Seattle, 1991

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith
(American | Flathead Nation, born 1940)

Location: Senator Marko Liias's Office, Olympia

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith created the Ode to Chief Seattle series as part of the traveling exhibition 'Who We Are: Autobiographies in Art', organized by the Washington State Arts Commission in partnership with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. This lithograph honors the idea of human unity with nature, as expressed by Chief Sealth, who stated: "The air is precious to the red man, for all things share the same breath—the beast, the tree, the man, they all share the same breath...We are part of the earth and it is part of us."

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Who We Are: Autobiographies in Art Collection.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Celebrated Native American painter Jaune Quick-to-see Smith draws connections between traditional art techniques and formal modernism. She was raised on the Flathead Nation in Montana. She received a BA in Art Education from Framingham State College in Massachusetts, and an MA in Art from the University of New Mexico. She has been awarded honorary degrees from Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts, Massachusetts College of Art, University of New Mexico, and Salish Kootanai College in Pablo, Montana. Her artworks are represented in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

ARTWORK DETAILS

Material Category

Work on paper - print

Work on paper - mixed media

Medium

Lithograph and collage on paper

Dimensions

30 in x 22 in

ID Number

WSAC1991.050.000

Acquisition Method

Site responsive commission

Artist Location

Texas, United States

LOCATION INFORMATION

Agency

Washington State Senate

Artwork Location

Senator Marko Liias's Office
Hallway behind Senate Floor

WA County

Thurston

Setting

Interior

Site Type

State Agency

Address

305 Legislative Building
Olympia, WA 98504

Geo. Coordinates

47.035728 | -122.904804

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