Julia Kim Smith


“a stupendous achievement of minimalist, conceptual art that ought to forever lay to rest the idea that such work is no more than a dry intellectual exercise. This is art of unflinching intelligence, great passion and overwhelming emotional impact.”
— Glenn McNatt, The Baltimore Sun

“what I see in [the artists] is a cohesive and vitally important social force....The artists in the show all inject a twenty-first century impetus into that most enduring of seventies feminist conceptions: the personal is political.”
Celebrating Kindred Spirits and Strange Bedfellows, A.I.R. National & International Exhibition, Curator: Catherine J. Morris, Brooklyn Museum, Curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art

“a conceptual visionary...uniquely brainy-funny-edgy-naughty style...Julia is an interdisciplinary maker, switching deftly between performance, video, film, photography, and printmaking. We love the way Julia’s images make us think, shudder and laugh, sometimes all at once.”
— Betsy Boyd, Baltimore Fishbowl

“funny stuff”
— Phil Yu, Angry Asian Man

— Wheelbarrow, Kidrobot KRonikle

“worst portrayal and rip off to fame ever....”
— anonymous comment posted via Facebook on Kidrobot KRonikle

Julia Kim Smith’s work has been featured by Angry Asian Man, Animal, Art F City, artnet News, GQ, Hypebeast, Hyperallergic, Juxtapoz, kottke.org, Ms., Paper Magazine, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and international media outlets.

  • Hypotheses, International Council of Museums research blog, Romane Jamet, “Clothing the Pandemic,” April 2023

  • BmoreArt, Cara Ober, “Google Sex,” March 2021

  • Cancelled Collective Actions Open Letter, September 2020

  • The New York Times, Zachary Small “The Whitney Canceled Their Exhibition. Now Those Artists Want Reform.”, September 2020

  • Ms., Nicholl Paratore, “Visualizing Reproductive Justice Under Trump” (A.I.R. Gallery Currents: Abortion), February 2018

  • Artforum, “Artguide: Must-See New York” (A.I.R. Gallery Currents: Abortion), February 2018

  • BmoreArt, Angela Carroll, “Envisioning And Embodying Freedom,” November 2017

  • Baltimore Beat, Maura Callahan, “LabBodies’ Third Annual Performance Art Review Channels Pain Into Resistance,” November 2017

  • BmoreArt, Cara Ober, “Best Baltimore Visual Art Exhibitions Of 2017” (6. LabBodies), December 2017

  • Baltimore Beat, "Year In Review: The Beat’s Top 10 Art Shows In 2017” (4. LabBodies), December 2017

  • Media-N: Journal of the New Media Caucus, Lisa Moren, “Algorithmic Pollution: Artists Working With Dataveillance And Societies Of Control,” October 2017

  • We Are Moving Stories, Carmela Baranowska, “Slamdance - The Real Wi-Fi Of Baltimore,” January 2017

  • Feminist Art Conference, Valérie Frappier, “Meet The Artists FAC 2017: Julia Kim Smith,” December 2016

  • Deadline Hollywood, Diana Lodderhose, Dominic Patten, “Slamdance 2017 Unveils Special Screenings, Beyond & Shorts Programs,” December 2016

  • Rubys Media And Performing Arts Grantees 2016, Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance

  • Paper Magazine, Layne Weiss, “Exquisite Corpse: Inside Germany’s Powerful Feminist Exhibit,” February 2016

  • Dazed Digital, UK, Sooanne Berner, “After Cologne Sexual Attacks, Art Show Champions Women,” January 2016

  • artnet News, Sarah Hyde, “Cologne Art Show Celebrates Women In The Wake Of Attacks,” January 2016

  • kottke.org, Jason Kottke, “The Real Wi-Fi Of Baltimore,” November 2015

  • this is tomorrow, UK, Alice Miller, “Exquisite Corpse,” September 2015

  • Corridor8, UK, Elspeth Mitchell, “Review: Exquisite Corpse, Fuse Art Space,” August 2015

  • Creative Capital, “On Our Radar: Julia Kim Smith & We Will Know We Have Arrived When Sulu Sits In The Captain’s Chair And Stays There,” April 2015

  • Baltimore Magazine, Jane Marion, “High Five,” March 2015

  • Hyperallergic, Hrag Vartanian, “ArtRx NYC: Transformed Viewpoints,” February 2015

  • BurnAway, Erica Ciccarone, “NYC’s A.I.R. Gallery Appears At Nashville’s Ground Floor Gallery,” October 2014

  • Baltimore Magazine, Jane Marion, “Modern Family: Conceptual artist Julia Kim Smith raises a family in minimalist splendor,” June 2014

  • Korean American Story, Grace Jahng Lee, “Profile Of Artist Julia Kim Smith,” May 2014

  • ARTINFO, Benjamin Sutton, “IN THE AIR Art News & Gossip: Non-Profit NURTUREart’s Annual Benefit Brings Crowds, Fire Marshal To 57th Street,” October 2013

  • The Washington Post, Mark Jenkins, “Fall Critics’ Picks: Gallery Exhibits,” September 2013

  • Washington Project for the Arts, Lisa Moren, “Experimental Media 2013: Cyber In Securities,” September 2013

  • District of Columbia Arts Center, Helen Frederick, “Fear Strikes Back,” April 2013

  • Angry Asian Man, Phil Yu, “Julia Kim Smith Asks Google Why,” March 2013

  • The Washington Post, Mark Jenkins, “A Glimpse Of What Washington Project For Arts Auction Gala Has In Store,” March 2013

  • The Washington Post, Mark Jenkins, “Artists Contribute To 'Newtown Project: A Call To Arms!’,” January 2013

  • Racebending.com, “Should I Cast An Asian-American?” January 2013

  • Angry Asian Man, Phil Yu, “Should I Cast An Asian? By Julia Kim Smith,” December 2012

  • Angry Asian Man, Phil Yu, “Read These Blogs,” July 2012

  • Creative Capital, “On Our Radar: Julia Kim Smith & 100 Survivors,” April 2012

  • Art F City, Corinna Kirsch, “Thursday Links! The Very Well-Endowed Edition,” March 2012

  • Paddy Johnson, “You Knew Someone Was Going To Do This,” March 2012

  • Hyperallergic, Philip Hartigan, “A View From The Easel,” March 2012

  • Angry Asian Man, Phil Yu, “Miss DMZ By Julia Kim Smith,” March 2012

  • The Atlantic, James Fallows, “YellowShirtGirl Finale On ‘Ominous Asian’ Imagery,” February 2012

  • CBS Baltimore, Simone Porter, “Best Of: Local Artist Spotlight: Julia Kim Smith,” January 2012

  • Urbanite, Cara Ober, “Great Artists Steal,” November 2011

  • Baltimore Fishbowl, Betsy Boyd, “100 Survivors: Breast Cancer Boldly Self-Documented,” October 2011

  • Urbanite, Cara Ober, “Behind The Pink Ribbons,” October 2011

  • Oasis Magazine, Saudi Arabia, “At Home With Banksy: Julia Kim Smith,” Autumn 2011

  • Baltimore Magazine, John Lewis, “Life Changing Art: With Banksy In Korea,” September 2011

  • ShortList, UK, “Banksy In The House,” July 2011

  • Juxtapoz, “Julia Kim Smith: At Home With Banksy Series,” July 2011

  • GQ, The GQ Eye], “Banksy, Beefrolls And LSD,” July 2011

  • Animal, Marina Galperina, “Banksy Is Her Homebody,” July 2011

  • Hypebeast, Douglas Brundage, “At Home With Banksy By Julia Kim Smith,” July 2011

  • Kidrobot KRonikle, “A Day In The Life Of Banksy,” July 2011

  • Baltimore Fishbowl, Betsy Boyd, “Provocative New Resident Artist Julia Kim Smith,” June 2011

  • Angry Asian Man, Phil Yu, “Julia Kim Smith Is Hanging With Banksy,” June 2011

  • Happy Famous Artists, “Julia Kim Smith With Banksy,” June 2011

  • Angry Asian Man, Phil Yu, “Obey Tiger Mother,” March 2011

  • Baltimore Public Radio WYPR The Signal, Aaron Henkin, “‘Hyphenated’ American: A Conversation With Julia Kim Smith,” 2009

  • Urbanite, Anne Haddad, “Moved To Tears,” May 2009

  • Baltimore Magazine, John Lewis, “Life Changing Art: Julia Kim Smith,” May 2009

  • Maryland Public Television, Jordan Weinberg, “The Buzz: Baltimore: Arts Leader,” March 2009

  • Angry Asian Man, “2009 Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience In Park City,” January 2009

  • Variety, Dave McNary, “Slamdance Unveils Short Film Lineup,” December 2008

  • WJZ, Richard Sher, “HopeWell Cancer Support Reaches Out To Sufferers,” December 2007

  • Smart Woman, Holly Selby, “Portfolio: Julia Kim Smith Exploring Identity & Illness Through Art, ” February 2008

  • Maryland Art Place, Lilly Wei, Justin Gershwin, “The 20th Annual Critics’ Residency Program Critics’ Picks: Mapping The Alternative,” 2006

  • Urbanite, Bill Sebring, “State Of The Art: Political Art,” May 2006

  • FFACTORY, Bill Sebring, “Political Art,” April 2005

  • Baltimore Magazine, Danielle Sweeney, “Can We Ever Play Nice Again?” November 2004

  • CNBC McEnroe, Interview: One Nice Thing, The National Democratic Convention, July 2004

  • CNN International, Jonathan Mann, Interview: One Nice Thing, The National Democratic Convention, July 2004

  • The Baltimore Sun, Glenn McNatt, “An Exhibit Tests The Limits Of What Words Can Express: ‘Ever After’ Examines 9/11,” September 2003

  • City Paper, Wendy Ward, “Critic’s Choice,” September 2003