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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 to honor the idea of human unity with nature. The title is an homage to Chief Sealth, the Suquamish and Duwamish chief for whom the city of Seattle is named. Chief Sealth was a vocal advocate for environmental responsibility and the rights of Native Americans. He 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." Quick-to-See Smith created this series for the collection "Who We Are: Autobiographies in Art." The Washington State Arts Commission, in partnership with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, commissioned the collection in 1990.

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 Bachelor of Arts in Art Education from Framingham State College in Massachusetts and a Master of Arts in Art from the University of New Mexico. Her artworks are represented in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C., the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, and the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City.

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

309 Legislative Building, Capitol Campus
Olympia, WA 98504

Geo. Coordinates

47.035728 | -122.904804

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