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 eight years. In 2019, Smith expanded her artistic practice, completing a Diploma in Jewellery Design from Hungry Creek Art & Craft School.
Mickey’s work is held in numerous public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art Library, Weisman Art Museum and Sheldon Museum of Art. She 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 A Different Kind of Order: The ICP Triennial.