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A R T I S T  B I O

Ka'ila Farrell-Smith is a contemporary Klamath Modoc visual artist, writer and activist based in Modoc Point, Oregon. The conceptual framework of her practice focuses on channeling research through a creative flow of experimentation and artistic playfulness rooted in Indigenous aesthetics and abstract formalism.

Ka’ila is a 2021 Hallie Ford Fellow and a 2019-2020 Fields Artist Fellow with Oregon Humanities. Her solo exhibition LAND BACK will be on view at the Goudi'ni Native American Art Galleries at Cal Poly Humboldt in Arcata, CA, Spring of 2023. Her work will be on view in the exhibition Inherent Memory at the IAIA MoCNA in Santa Fe, NM through June 2023. And Ka'ila's new work Ghosts in the Machine (2022-2023) will be on view at the Russo Lee Gallery in Portland, OR, August 2023.


She received a BFA in Painting from Pacific Northwest College of Art and an MFA in Contemporary Art Practices Studio from Portland State University.

Portrait of Ka'ila by Sam Gehrke Photography 2019



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