Cauleen Smith is an interdisciplinary artist whose work reflects upon the everyday possibilities of the imagination. Operating in multiple materials and arenas, Smith roots her work firmly within the discourse of mid-twentieth-century experimental film. Drawing from structuralism, third world cinema, and science fiction, she makes things that deploy the tactics of activism in service of ecstatic social space and melancholy internal contemplation. BA in Creative Arts from San Francisco State University and MFA, University of California, Los Angeles School of Theater Film and Television. Smith is the recipient of several grants and awards including the Rockefeller Media Arts, Creative Capital, Chicago 3Arts, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Artadia Chicago, Rauschenberg Residency, 2016 recipient for the Herb Alpert Awards in the Arts, 2017 recipient of USA Art, 2016 inaugural recipient of the Ellsworth Kelly Award, 2018 recipient of United States Artist Fellowship. Smith lives in Los Angeles, and is faculty at California Institute of the Arts in the Art Program.
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