Sable Smith

New Jersey

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant or residency application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.

About Sable Smith

Sable Smith leans against a column in an art studio with paintings hanging behind her. She is a Black woman with medium skin tone, wearing glasses and a hat that reads "Artists Make New York" over thin braids. She wears a collared white shirt, and her hands are in the pockets of her black slacks.
Photo by Tommy Kha

Sable Smith's work has been featured at MoMA Ps1, New Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, JTT gallery, and numerous others. Smith has received awards from Creative Capital, Fine Arts Work Center, the Queens Museum, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Rema Hort Mann Foundation, the Franklin Furnace Fund, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, and Art Matters. She recently participated in the 2022 Whitney Biennial and the 59th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, also in 2022. Smith is currently Assistant Professor of Visual Art at Columbia University.

Program Participation

Joan Mitchell Fellowship, 2023

I make work that complicates our understanding of prison and how we name, identify, and locate violence. What it is, when it is, and what it can be. A type of violence that is largely unseen, and potentially imperceptible. These are the things that my practice prioritizes bringing to the surface.”