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Froukje in her studio
Froukje in her studio.

About the Artist

Ms. Froukje Schaafsma-Smith is an artist and arts educator with over 20 years experience. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Teaching Credential from the University of California, Riverside and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her autobiographical narrative art has been featured in one person and group exhibitions and is the public collections of UCR and UCLA. Her work was featured in The Ontario Invitational 2012, Ontario Museum of History and Art. She received The Curatorial Award, Members’ Art Exhibition 2012, Riverside Art Museum and The Fred Bird Memorial Award, Artist Council Exhibition 2011, Palm Springs Art Museum.

Schaafsma-Smith has participated in a number of professional growth opportunities including: Cross Currents In American Art, National Gallery, Washington DC (2010), Connecting Collections, Guggenheim, Metropolitan, MOMA, and Whitney Institution, New York City, New York (2011), and The National Endowment of the Humanities Landmarks of History and Culture Grant: Crafting Freedom, in The Research Triangle, North Carolina (2012).

She is the member of several organizations: The California Art Educators Association, The Palm Springs Museum of Art, Artist’s Council, The Riverside Art Museum, Southern California Artists, and The SCA Project Gallery where she serves on the board.

Froukje Schaafsma-Smith lives and works in Riverside, California.


UCR Alumni Interviews | Froukje Schaafsma-Smith

by UCR Alumni Association

Froukje's art is currently on display in the Alumni & Visitors Center's Goldware Library. She sits down to talk to us about her experience at UCR, grad school, and to walk us through her exhibition, "Linings: Silver and Otherwise."


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Artist Statement

Ever since I can remember I have loved art. My earliest memories include drawing on everything. As I explored my love of art-making, I began to experiment with a variety of media in order to express myself. The theme of my work is narrative in nature. It is the visual story of the memories of my experiences.

Looking through a box of spare buttons, I found a large orange button for a garment that I no longer owned. I remembered my mother keeping extra buttons and notions in a red wooden box from Holland. The idea of saving small objects for possible future use inspired me. Button Quilt is a 168”x 84” piece composed of approximately 3,110 packages of extra buttons, spare yarn, beads, hooks, eyes, sequins, and snaps. The packages were initially taped together using a traditional nine-patch quilt block pattern. The blocks were fashioned into the quilt. Family, friends, colleagues, students, acquaintances, sales people, and strangers from across the nation and around the globe donated these packages for the quilt. Many people also shared stories of their memories of buttons; their memories of buttons transported us to a time when a collection of ordinary buttons had extraordinary possibilities.


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