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Cassandra Smith, Native American Art, Film, and Performance

PhD Candidate

Art History

About

Cassandra Smith is a PhD candidate in the Department of Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Lecturer in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Cassandra’s dissertation is “Kiva Murals at Pottery Mound:  A Consideration of a Trans-temporal Performativity in a Puebloan Life World,” and her research focuses broadly upon the intersection of Native American art, Performance Studies, and Indigenous Studies.   Cassandra co-chaired a session on the intersectionality of Indigeneity and performance and new media art at the Native American Art Studies Association conference, she co-organized the “This Land/That Land Symposium:  The Politics of Land Sovereignty and Environmental Racism” with Gallery 400 and the UIC Native American Support Program, and she organized “Belongings:  A Critical Forum on Museum Studies” at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Cassandra is the faculty advisor for the Native American Student Association at SAIC, and she served as a board member of the First Nations Film and Video Festival.  She was a recipient of a UIC Provost’s Award and holds a BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Tulsa, and a Certificate of Museum Studies, MFA in Studio Arts, and MA in Art History from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Education

MA in Art History, University of Illinois at Chicago
MFA in Studio Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago
BFA in Studio Arts, University of Tulsa