The ITI faculty offer a wide variety of approaches to the
written and visual arts. All are working contemporary artists who
publish and exhibit their work in national and international
contexts. Our faculty are dedicated to innovative approaches and
traditions that value psychologically, culturally and politically
Cauleen Smith (Fellow) is an interdisciplinary
artist whose work reflects upon the everyday possibilities of the
imagination. Operating in multiple materials and arenas, Smith
roots her work firmly within the discourse of mid-twentieth-century
experimental film. Drawing from structuralism, third world cinema,
and science fiction, she makes things that deploy the tactics of
activism in service of ecstatic social space and contemplation.
Smith enjoys container gardening, likes cats and collects disco
balls, vinyl records, and books. She is an avid functional cyclist.
She lives in Los Angeles and is Art Program faculty at California
Institute of the Arts. BA in Creative Arts from San Francisco State
University and MFA, University of California, Los Angeles School of
Theater Film and Television. Smith’s short films, feature
film, an installation and performance were work showcased at
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2019. Her solo show,
Mutualities, at The Whitney Museum of American Art resumes this
summer until December 2020. Her SFMoMA show will launch Summer
2020. Her solo show, Give It Or Leave It, has traveled nationwide.
A major survey of Smith’s work is on view at MassMoCA until
April 2020, the centerpiece of that show, “We Already Know
What We Need” will travel to CAM Houston Winter 2021. Smith
is the recipient of the following awards: Rockefeller Media Arts
Award, Creative Capital Film /Video, Chicago 3Arts Grant, and the
Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Chicago Expo Artadia Award, and
Rauschenberg Residency, Herb Alpert Awards in the Arts in Film and
Video 2016, United States Artists Award 2017, 2016 inaugural
recipient of the Ellsworth Kelly Award, 2020 recipient of the
Studio Museum Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize.