Barbara Lee Smith was born in New Jersey and did her undergraduate work at Douglass College, Rutgers University. She holds an MFA (Mixed Media) from Northern Illinois University where she was a University Scholar. She has had solo exhibitions and been part of group exhibitions in the United States, Japan, Canada, Great Britain, France and New Zealand. Her work is in public, private and museum collections in North America, South Africa, New Zealand and England. She has taught and lectured internationally, and was a Visiting Professor at Joshibi College of Art and Design, Tokyo for five years. She is the author of Celebrating the Stitch: Contemporary Embroidery of North America (Taunton Press, 1991). In 2000, in honor of her international work on behalf of embroidery and embroiderers, she was made an Honorary Member of the Embroiderers’ Guild, United Kingdom. In 2009 she was honored with an eight-hour video interview from the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Artists. In 2002 she received a Distinguished Resident Lifetime Award from the Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, Illinois. Her home and studio are on Raft Island in Gig Harbor, Washington. Lynn Ennis has curated an exhibition of Smith’s recent work.