Shinique Smith is inspired by the vast nature of ‘things’ that we consume and discard, which resonate on a personal and social scale. The graffiti of her youth, Japanese calligraphy and Abstract Expressionism are influences from which she extracts ‘ the graceful and spiritual qualities’ in written word and the everyday. Smith’s artwork is on view Until May 2011 in a survey exhibition at The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, which originated at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami. Her work has also been exhibited at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder CO, Studio Museum in Harlem, NY, National Portrait Gallery, DC, The New Museum, New York, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, PS1/MoMA, NY, Rubell Family Collection, Margulies Collection, and the Denver Art Museum. She received awards and fellowships from The Joan Mitchell Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Smith earned her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. Smith currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She is represented by Yvon Lambert Gallery, NY/Paris, Brand New Gallery, Milan and Galerie Zidoun, Luxembourg.