Barbara T. Smith (born 1931 in Pasadena, California) has been an artist at the forefront of art movements in Southern California
for over 50 years, particularly feminist
art and performance
. Her work explores themes of physical and spiritual sustenance, education, the body, and female and male sexuality. Smith was a founding member of F-Space with Chris Burden and Nancy Buchanan, all three students at the University of California, Irvine. Her work has since been widely exhibited and collected by major American museums, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, MOCA Los Angeles, LACMA, and the Art Institute of Chicago.