Mickey Smith was born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1972.
Smith is a conceptual artist and photographer. She received a BA in Photography from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 1994. Works from her Volume series have exhibited throughout the United States, in Europe, China and Russia. Smiths' work is held in numerous public and private collections, including the Weisman Art Museum, Sheldon Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art Library. Smith has received a McKnight Photography Fellowship as well as grant awards from Forecast Public Art Affairs, CEC ArtsLink and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Her first major public art commission was selected as one of the 40 best permanent public art works in the United States by Americans for the Arts in 2010. Smiths' photographs have appeared in several publications including ESOPUS, Theme, The Last Magazine, GQ, and on the covers of PDNEdu and Photography Quarterly. Her artist's book, Denudation, published by Hassla, is currently part of a photobook installation exhibited in A Different Kind of Order: The ICP Triennial.
Smith lives in Auckland, New Zealand and is represented by Invisible-Exports in New York.
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
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
AWARDS + HONORS
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
Baum Award for Emerging American Photographers 2008 [Nominee]
Fulbright Research Fellowship 2008 [Finalist + Alternate]
Photolucida Top 150 Critical Mass Photographer 2007
FORECAST Public Artworks Public Art Affairs Grantee 2007
Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward 2007 [Honorable Mention]
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
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
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
BA in Photography, Moorhead State University 1994
Architecture Glass Art, Franz Mayer of Munich 2013
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.
Habertarts.com 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.
Artinfo.com. 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.
MyArtSpace.com. Interview. Sherwin, Brian. October 2007.
Magenta Foundation for the Arts. Flash Forward 2007. October 2007.
mnartists.org. 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.
mnartists.org. Money, Money, Money. O’Sullivan, Thomas. August 2005.
ART FAIRS + BENEFITS
Art Platform Los Angeles
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