Works in the exhibition depict Smith’s passionate concerns about climate change, the survival of our environment, and the economic fallout from government and corporate decisions made in recent decades. Many of the paintings also comment on everyday Native American life and its paradoxical relationship to American consumerism. In Sissy and the Plutocrats (2012), for example, a female Sisyphus pushes her shopping cart up a mountain that is laden with elegant foodstuffs. Here, Smith explores the widening gap between rich and poor using her signature mix of pointed humor and cleverly constructed symbolism. Born in 1940 in St. Ignatius, Montana, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith is an enrolled Salish member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation. In 1980, she earned an MFA from the University of New Mexico. Over the past forty years, Smith has had more than 100 solo exhibitions, curated over 30thirty exhibitions, and given more than 200 lectures at museums and conferences internationally. The artist has also completed several collaborative public works including the floor design in the Great Hall of the new Denver Airport, a site-specific sculpture piece in Yerba Buena Park of San Francisco, and a mile-long sidewalk “history trail” in West Seattle.