Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Kaitlin Smrcina lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. She received her BFA in December 2015 from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago focusing in Ceramics, Sculpture, and Fiber Arts and Material Studies. Smrcina has worked as, an intern for Carol Jackson, 2014 Whitney Biennial artist, to help prepare for solo show “High Plains Drifter,” at Threewalls gallery in Chicago, an assistant curator and studio manager for the Skragghole Collective gallery in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a production assistant, and assistant stage manager for Redtwist Theatre in Chicago. Her experience in large scale making, curation, and theatre inspired Smrcina to work in a histrionic way, creating environments like sets, or window displays, that showcase a hyper unreal and immersive atmosphere. Smrcina craves immediacy, and is interested in the complexities of picket signs, jokes, and cartoons. In addition to the philosophical and psychological references found in her work, Kaitlin draws inspiration from the immersive worlds of Yoshitomo Nara, Yayoi Kusama, and Hayao Miyazaki. Paralleling her favorite artist’s devotion, Smrcina wants to consume the truths of dimensionality and prove the impossible is possible when imagination becomes reality. Kaitlin has been showing her work since 2012 mostly in the Midwest, but has recently started participating in small shows and publications in Canada and Europe. 


Select Exhibitions




2018          Suite Life on Deck, public installation on The Island Princess Cruise Vessel, Pacific Ocean

Flower Show, group show, My Mom's Dog Shed Gallery, Dousman, WI




2017          Radical Networks Conference, catalog publication on display, Brooklyn, NY 

Lost/Found Biennial, public group show, CornerProjects, Chicago, IL   

Got it for Cheap, traveling group show, Athens, GR, Vancouver, CA, Copenhagen, DK, Oslo, NO, Los Angeles, USA

Conception Arts One Night Show, group show, Chicago, IL

UNAUTHORIZED SFMOMA SHOW #205, solo show, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

I HAVE SOMETHING IMPORTANT TO TELL YOU, The Gallery at Casa, Lethbridge, Alberta, CA


2016          Downers, Solo Show, Ox Bow School of Art and Artist’s Residency, Saugatuck, MI  

64 Arts National Juried Exhibition, Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth, IL


2015          Fall BFA Exhibition, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL

Woman With Parrot, Ox Bow School of Art and Artist’s Residency, Saugatuck, MI

XVIII Collective Individuals, Spiral Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI

SKRAGGNATIONTOUR2015, Performance, Skully’s Music Diner, Columbus, OH


2014          Enter the Hole, The Skragghole Gallery, Opening Exhibition, Grand Rapids, MI

Secret Knitters, Durational Performance, YarnCon, Chicago, IL


2013          A Trip to the Woods, Forte Framing and Gallery, Chicago, IL

Pushing Up Daisies: New Life to a Dead Trope, House Show, Chicago, IL

ARTBASH, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sharp Building, Chicago, IL


2012          Joseph & Harriet Kern Gallery, Opening Exhibition, Milwaukee, WI






2017          November Featured artist for Wirehouse Dailey, Wirehouse Collective Chicago

Imitation of Life, hardcover artist book publication, Loosenart Magazine and Gallery, Rome, IT




2017         Wotisart?, artist magazine, UK 

                   Average Art, artist magazine, UK    

                   Unauthorized SFMOMA show catalog, publication of participating artists


2015         F Newsmagazine, Comic contribution, August issue


2014         F Newsmagazine, Comic contribution, October issue


2013         FIRST, collective compilation of artworks by SAIC students