Kiki Smith attended Hartford Art School in Connecticut. She is represented by Pace Wildenstein Gallery in New York. She received the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture in 2000, and has participated three times in the Whitney Biennial. Her retrospective exhibition, "Kiki Smith: A Gathering," organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, was exhibited there February 28-May 14, 2006. It opened at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in November 2005, traveling next to the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston July 15-September 24, 2006 and to the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York November 16, 2006- February 11, 2007.