Since the 1960s, Barbara T. Smith’s work has demonstrated an engagement with issues of spirituality, gender, and power, making vital contributions to both feminist discourse and performance art as it developed on the west coast. In 1953, Smith received her BA from Pomona College and in 1971, her MFA from the University of California, Irvine. With her fellow UCI students Nancy Buchanan and Chris Burden, she founded the now legendary F-Space gallery. Smith’s work has been exhibited widely since the 1960s, and included in several historic survey exhibitions at institutions including WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2007); Whatever Happened to Sex in Scandinavia?, Office for Contemporary Art, Oslo (2009); and State of Mind: New California Art since 1970, Orange County Museum, Costa Mesa and Bronx Museum, New York (2012). Smith is the recipient of several prestigious awards, such as the Foundation Fellowship for Visual Art, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, and Art Matters Inc., among others.