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Cauleen Smith (b. 1967) is an interdisciplinary filmmaker whose work reflects upon the everyday possibilities of the black imagination. Smith’s films, objects, and installations have been featured in group exhibitions in The Studio Museum of Harlem, Houston Contemporary Art Museum, the Blanton Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, ad the New Museum.
She recently participated in the Dallas Biennial 2014, and exhibited work at D21 Leipzig, German in a two-person show with the late Annette Wehrman. Smith is the recipient of grants and awards including Rockefeller Media Arts Grant, Chicago 3Arts Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts and the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture. She earned an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles Department of Theater-Film-Television. Smith lives in Chicago and teaches for the Vermont College of Fine Art low-residency visual arts MFA program.