Mickey Smith


MICKEY SMITH (b. Duluth, Minnesota, 1972) is an award winning conceptual artist and photographer. Her practice has been engaged with a longstanding inquiry into libraries, books and archives and in particular the social significance of their physical existence or disappearance.

Smith received a BA in Photography from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 1994. She has exhibited throughout the United States, in China, Russia and New Zealand, which she has called home for the last ten years. Mickey’s work is held in numerous public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art Library, Sheldon Museum of Art and Weisman Art Museum. Smith is the recipient of awards from the McKnight Foundation, Forecast Public Art Affairs, CEC ArtsLink, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Americans for the Arts and Creative New Zealand.

In 2018, Te Tuhi published her book As You Will... Carnegie Libraries of the South Pacific, a documentary project focused on the 25 Carnegie libraries erected in New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji. Her first artist’s book, Denudation, published by Hassla, was included in the photobook installation, A Different Kind of Order: The ICP Triennial in 2012. Mickey recently completed a Diploma in Jewellery Design from Hungry Creek Art & Craft School, expanding her artistic practice.

Mickey Smith

That Must Be Really Interesting… The Artist
Produced and directed by The Happy Dagger
Video Documentary, 2012
6:29 minutes



Matters of Time, Sanderson Contemporary, NZ 2020
Photographs by Mickey Smith  Jasmax, Auckland, NZ 2017
Cultivate it as you will  Te Tuhi, Auckland, NZ  2015
Harboured  Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington, NZ  2015
Denudation  Invisible-Exports, New York, NY  2012
Tell You What 
Land of Tomorrow, Louisville, KY  2011
Believe You Me  Invisible-Exports, New York, NY  2010

Collocations  Georgia College State University Milledgeville, GA   2010     

You People  Invisible-Exports, New York, NY  2008

Volume  Alvar Alto Library, Voyburg, Russia  2008

Contemporary Art in Traditional Museums  PRO ARTE Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia 2008

New Collocations Center for Photography at Woodstock  2008

Forever Govern Ignorance Carleton College Gould Library, Northfield, MN  2007

New Works  Kathy Dowell Art + Service, Kansas City, MO  2007

BIO  Minnesota Center for Photography Projects Gallery, Minneapolis, MN  2006

Volume  Open Book Gallery, Minneapolis, MN  2005

In the Stacks   Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, MN  2005

Volume  The Post Office + Public Library, Cooperstown, ND  2004



2020    Offsite Royal Jewellery Studio
2019    Summer Showcase Sanderson Contemporary
                        Graduate Exhibition Hungry Creek Art & Craft School
2018    As You Will Depot Artspace
2014    Requiem for the Bibliophile Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara

2013    A Different Kind of Order: The ICP Triennial Photobook Installation

             International Center for Photography

             50 Gifts for 50 Years Sheldon Museum of Art

2012    The Unseen Eye Blue Sky Gallery

             Bloodyminded The Wye

2011    Library Science Artspace

             Bibliomania Visual Art Center of New Jersey

             TINA B. Prague Contemporary Art Festival

             Book Report Bank of America Center

2010    Altered Appropriations Chapman Guggenheim Gallery

             Method + Message Sonoma State University Art Gallery

             Reader’s Delight  McKenzie Fine Art 

             New Language Ogilvy & Mather

             PQ:100 Center for Photography at Woodstock

2009    I’ve been meaning to tell you… Marty Walker Gallery

             Summer Reading Jen Bekman Gallery

             Artists Who Use Texts to Say Nice Things Aaron Krach

             Circulation Gallery Knustler at Booksmart Studio

2008    Unabridged Traffic Zone Center for Visual Arts 

2007    Wellbound Ellen Curlee Gallery

             New Visual Language hpgrp gallery

             McKnight Fellows: New Photography MN Center  of Photography

             Hey Hot Shot! Jen Bekman Gallery

             Inscribire Chandra Cerrito Contemporary

             The Library Show Firehouse No.13

2006    WORD Deborah Colton Gallery

              Midwestern Views Pingyao International Photography Festival

              New Works Gallery Silver Eye Center for Photography

              Poster Offensive Frank Stone Gallery

2005    Correspondence Jon Oulman Gallery

              Photocentric Biennial Minnesota Center for Photography

              MN Biennial: 2D II Minnesota Museum of American Art

              Visible Fringe Minnesota Fringe Festival

2004    Accords Frank Stone Gallery

Creative New Zealand Grantee 2016
Public Art Year in Review Project Winner  2010

LMCC Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grantee  2009

Permanent Commission Recipient, University of Florida 2009

CEC Artslink Grantee  2008         

Photolucida Top 150 Critical Mass Photographer  2007

FORECAST Public Artworks Public Art Affairs Grantee 2007

McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowship for Photography 2006

Photolucida Top 150 Critical Mass Photographer 2006



PV Studio, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico  2010

Contemporary Art in Traditional Museums, St. Petersburg, Russia  2008

Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City, MO  2007
Oberholtzer Foundation, Mallard Island, MN  1994-2004 + 2007



Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY

Dorsey & Whitney, Minneapolis, MN                                          

Fidelity Corporate Art Collection, Boston, MA                            

Fredrickson & Byron, Minneapolis, MN              

Johns Hopkins Children's Center, Baltimore, MD

Miami-Dade Public Library, Miami, FL

Minnesota Historical Society, Saint Paul, MN                                         

Museum of Modern Art Library, New York, NY
Northland Collection, Saint Paul, MN

North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND

Sheldon Muesum of Art, Lincoln, NE

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN



Diploma in Jewellery Design, Hungry Creek Art & Craft School 2019
BA  in Photography, Moorhead State University 1994



As You Will… Carnegie Libraries in the South Pacific. Review by Mary Macpherson, January 2019.
Photographer pays tribute to Andrew Carnegie. RadioLIVE interview by Wendyl Nissen. September 2018.
Mickey Smith and the Carnegie Libraries. Interview by Lynn Freeman, Radio New Zealand. September 2018.
As You Will… Carnegie Libraries in the South Pacific. Te Tuhi,  2018.
Harboureed by the Harbour: An inn for tired travellers
Meadows, Jodi. Enjoy Public Art Gallery. February 2015
Flash Forward Tenth,
Magenta Foundation 2014
Architecture Glass Art,
Franz Mayer of Munich
50 Gifts 50 Years, Sheldon Museum of Art 2013

Denudation, Hassla, essay by W.M. Hunt 2012

Blood, Trunk Books, 2012

GQ. The Book that Changed My... June 2011

Abe’s Penny. Collaboration with Lamb, John. February 2011

The Last Magazine. October 2010.

THEME Magazine [Issue #23]. Dalton, Trinie. Schiller, Sara + Marc [Curators]. July 2010.

Abe’s Penny NADA Special Edition. Brehm, Hannah. December 2009.                           

ESOPUS [Issue #13]. Artist Project. October 2009.

PRC Annual Juried Publication. September 2009. Text Messaging. Habler, John. April 2009.

Dallas Morning News. There’s something I’ve been meaning to tell you... Granberry, Michael. March 2009.

Time Out St. Petersburg. Volume: Mickey Smith Project. Turkina, Olesia. December 2008.

Modern Art Obsession. Mickey Smith Photography at the New Invisible-Exports Gallery. Hoeh, Mike. November 2008.

New York Magazine. Photographer Mickey Smith Goes to the Library. Pearse, Emma. November 2008. Editor’s Picks. Ayers, Robert. November 2008.

PDNedu [Vol. 7 Issue #1]. One To Watch. Gordon, Jessica. March 2008.

American Photography 23. Selected Photographer. November 2007. Interview. Sherwin, Brian. October 2007.

Magenta Foundation for the Arts. Flash Forward 2007. October 2007. The Medium Itself. Riddle, Mason. September 2007.

Flak Photo. Weekend Series. September 2007.

Review Magazine. Project-in-Print. August 2007.

Flak Photo. Featured Artist. February 2007.

Photography Quarterly [Issue #95]. Cover Image. September 2006. Money, Money, Money. O’Sullivan, Thomas. August 2005.



Auckland Art Fair
Aperture Foundation

Art Chicago

Art Platform Los Angeles
Artspace Projects

Brooklyn Academy of Music

Center for Photography at Woodstock

Children's Museum of Art

Frankfurt Book Fair

Magenta Foundation for the Arts

Minnesota Center for Photography

NADA  Art Fair Miami& Cologne

The New York Art Book Fair

North Dakota Museum of Art



Silver Eye Center for Photography


The Watermill Center


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