Steve Smith "Wachozhuga" Artist Poet Psychologist

1980 Graduate of the University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) in Visual Arts, raised within and between two distinct and often conflicting cultures, Hoca’k (Ho Chunk or Winnebago) and contemporary American and trained as a clinical psychologist, my art reflects my view through the lens of both cultures and through the mind of a psychologist. In my heart we are all related: people, animals, objects and the earth itself; this inter-relatedness is central to my view of art and the role of the artist.

In 1984 I stepped away from the professional pursuit of art and became a psychologist although in my practice I used expressive art as a part of therapy. In 2014, I equipped my office as a studio and in September 2018 I closed my practice to pursue art full time. Historically, I showed my work privately to collectors although I have recently begun to enter juried exhibitions around the country.


1974 - 1980

University of Minnesota

1984 - 1987

University of Saint Thomas

1989 - 1996

Minnesota School of Professional Psychology


Movement Juried Exhibition

Augusta Art Center, Augusta, KS

2019 53rd Annual Mother Lode National Juried Exhibition

Placerville Arts Association, Sacramento, Ca


2019 Hard to Kill: Art by Survivors of Sexual Violence

Agitator Cooperative Gallery, Chicago, IL


2019 Abstract Juried Exhibition

Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata, Mn


2019 Art in Bloom Community Art Show

Hardwood Creek Library, Forest Lake, Mn


2018 Juried Show

Wyoming Creative Arts Community, Wyoming, Mn


2018 Northern Lights Juried Exhibition

White Bear Center for the Arts, White Bear Lake, Mn


2017 Solo Exhibition

Caffetto Coffee House, Mpls., MN


2017 Northern Lights Juried Exhibition

White Bear Center for the Arts, White Bear Lake, Mn

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