Sean Smuda is an artist, curator, photographer, and writer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He works in a variety of mediums including collage, video, and performance. Recent projects have taken place in Antarctica, Iraq, Wall Street and the MN State Capitol. In 2011 he was appointed Cultural Liaison to Tours, France by the Minneapolis/Tours Sister City Association. His work is in the permanent collection of the Walker Art Center.


Decoding: “Dreams and Allegories”
by Camille LeFevre
Mnartists.org, 3.26.2007

Box Populi: an article about the Shoebox Gallery
Mnartists.org, 4.29.2010


1981-1982      School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

1980-1981      St. Mary’s College, Moraga, CA

1979-1980      Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium
                       Uccle Academy of Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium


2016              Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant

2011               Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant

2010              Minneapolis Arts Commission Award for Public Art

2009             Minneapolis MOSAIC Photography Commission

2007              Xcel Energy/Jerome Foundation Project Grant with Obsidian Arts, Minneapolis, MN

Selected Exhibitions (*solo show)


*TOPO Gallery, Mpls, MN
On and On, Beard and Weil Gallery, Norton, MA


Culture as weapon, Studio 369, St Paul, MN
*Universal Capital, Traffic Zone Gallery, Mpls, MN
*Deep State, Pirsig Projects, Mpls, MN


*Universal Capital, Traffic Zone Gallery, Mpls, MN
Vital Matters, Southern Theater, Mpls, MN curated by the BodyCartography project
The Floating Library, various lakes, MN
Fifteen Year Anniversary Show, SOO Visual Arts Center, Mpls, MN


On & On, Mark Miller Gallery, NYC
Art On Air, Instinct Gallery, Mpls, MN
*Brunswick Box, Jersey City, New Jersey
Austerity, Cowles Center, Mpls, MN
Kino Holly*ood, Northern Spark Festival, Mpls, MN


SGC International Print Conference, San Francisco, CA
We Are Water, the Kinship of Rivers Project, The Soap Factory, Mpls, MN
Francesca Anderson Gallery, Lexington, MA
*The Minneapolis Club, Mpls, MN.


North American Print Biennial, Boston University, Massachusetts, 
juried by Dennis Michael Jon, Associate Curator: Prints and Drawings, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Collect Call, SOO Visual Arts Center, Mpls, MN. Collection of Herman Milligan.
North of the 45th Parallel, DeVos Museum, Northern Michigan University, juried by Mason Riddle
*The Disappearance of Mr. Frost, Smart Set Gallery, Minneapolis, MN


*OZ’Arts Galerie, Tours, France. Curated by Joris Drylewicz
*Onladejavu Galerie, Nîmes, France
It’s A Small, Small World, Family Business Gallery, NY, NY
This Time It’s Forever, Gallery 13, Minneapolis, MN
The Critics' Show, Hopkins Center for the Arts, MN
Speedboat Gallery: A Punker’s Revenge, CO Exhibitions, Mpls, MN
The MOSAIC Commission, Hennepin County Medical Center, Mpls, MN


Governor’s Island Art Fair, NY, NY
Nuclear Unfair, Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin, Germany
Navigating the Aftermath, statewide touring show curated by Tricia Khouterestsky and IARP.
Kinship of Rivers Project, The Soap Factory, Mpls, MN
801 Lofts, 4 Artists, Mpls, MN
Art4Shelter, Circa Gallery, Mpls, MN, organized by Megan Rye
Get Lucky!, SOO Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN


Collaborative Projects

Blown Derivatives: an international exchange project organized in collaboration with the Iraqi American Reconciliation Project and artists: Fatin Al Jumaily, Ghalib Al Mansoori, Margaret Coughlin, Seth Dauphin, James Gladman, Jonathan Field, Ibraheem Hussein, Daniel Kaniess, Janet Lobberecht, Abraham Renko, Anna-Marie Shogren, Ping Wang, and Luke Wilcox.


Minneapolis MOSAIC Photography Commission,
Hopes and Dreams, twenty 36”x24” photographs, City Center, Mayoral Office, Minneapolis, MN


The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
City Hall, Tours, France
Inhotim, Brazil

Related Experience

2011 - Present     Cultural Liaison to Tours, France. Mpls/Tours Sister City Association, Mpls, MN, U.S. and Tours, France

Curatorial Projects

2003-2014  Founder and Curator of the Shoebox Gallery, Minneapolis, MN