Artist's CV

Cauleen Smith was born in Riverside, CA in 1967. She received her BA from San Francisco State University in 1991 and her MFA from the University of California in 1998. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Smith has held numerous solo exhibitions at galleries and institutions, including the Art Institute Chicago, Chicago, IL (2017); University Art Gallery, University of California, Irvine, CA (2017); 511 Gallery, CCAC, Portland, OR (2016); Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chigaco, IL (2016, 2015); California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA (2016); Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL (2013); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (2012); Threewalls, Chicago, IL (2013); The Kitchen, New York, NY (2011, 2008); 3 Walls Gallery, San Antonia, TX (2007); Austin MASS Gallery, Austin, TX (2007); Women & Their Work Gallery, Austin, TX (2007); and Fluent-Collaborative Testsite, Austin, TX (2006).

Her work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions, at institutions and galleries, including the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK; Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, Chiacgo, IL; Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Gallery TPW, Toronto, ON; The Dusable Museum of African American History, Chicago, IL; Whitney Museum of Art, New York, NY; Lumber Room, Portland, OR; Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA; Stony Island Arts Bank, Chicago, IL; New Museum, New York, NY; Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), New Orleans, LA; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, NY; The Blanton Museum, Austin, TX; Balboa Park San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA; Gallery 400, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL; The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, IL; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX; Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA.

Smith’s works have been reviewed in publications such as The New York Times, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, Artforum, Los Angeles Times, W Magazine, Nylon Magazine, Art in America, Hyperallergic, Flash Art Magazine, Artlyst, Art Agenda, Art F City, ARTnews, The Brooklyn Rail, Galerie Magazine, Frieze Magazine and The Chicago Tribune.

Her work is in the public collection of the Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, NY; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL; University of Chicago, Chicago, IL; and The Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.

Smith has received numerous grants and fellowships including the Ellsworth Kelly Award, Foundation for Contemporary Arts; Herb Alpert Award in the Arts; Artadia Award: Fund for Art and Dialogue; Robert Rauschenberg Residency, Captiva Island, FL; Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant, New York, NY; Washington Park Arks Incubator Arts & Public Life Residency, Chicago, IL; Black Metropolis Research Consortium Research Fellowship; Summer Residency at the Vermont College of Fine Arts Visiting Artist; Experimental Sound Studio Residency, Chicago, IL; Threewalls, Summer Artist Residency, Chicago, IL, and the Director’s Grant at the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts.