Sokaogon Chippewa Community News
Volunteers Making a Difference – Robert Smith, Jr.
Posted on: January 30, 2020
Accomplished artist Robert Smith, Jr., is excited and grateful to bring his vision of Ojibwe culture and community to reality with a wall mural he is painting for the SCC Health Clinic.
Robert has been an artist his whole life, and has been winning art competitions since he attended elementary school in Milwaukee. His talents were further honed while in a commercial art program at a Milwaukee technical and trade high school.
Robert attributes his abilities to genetics, as he comes from a long line of artists. His mother was an artist. Joseph, his father, was a renowned traveling chalk portrait artist who has a piece at the Audubon Society. Robert’s grandfather, Chief Peter Whitebird, has artwork that has been displayed at the Vatican and in a museum on Madeline Island.
Robert’s father is from Mole Lake and his mother is from Bad River. His grandfather Chief Peter Whitebird is the hereditary Chief in Bad River.
Robert serves on the Cultural Committee and Census Committee. He believes in helping others, especially Youth. His goal is to make a positive impact in the Mole Lake community. Please stop by to see how the mural is unfolding.
The SCC Clinic appreciates his donation of time and talents in making the community a more enjoyable and aesthetically pleasing place for everyone.
Chi Miigwech Robert!