Geoffrey Hendricks (American, 1931-2018) was a painter, performance and installation artist affiliated with the Fluxus movement beginning in the 1960s. Recognized for the extensive portrayals of skies throughout his work, he became known by the moniker “Cloudsmith,” given to him by Dick Higgins. Informed by his Quaker upbringing alongside an interest in Zen philosophy and thought, his work actively sought an integration between art and life, and questions of the material versus the transcendent and the spiritual versus the practical. Much of Hendricks’s practice was grounded in collaboration and queer kinship ties, and in the 1980s he became involved with Visual AIDS, an organization preserving the work and legacies of artists with HIV/AIDS. Over the course of his career, he taught at Rutgers University, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts. Hendricks’s work has been shown internationally in numerous exhibitions and festivals. In 2003 he curated Critical Mass: Happenings, Fluxus, Performance, Intermedia and Rutgers University, 1958-1972 at the Mead Art Museum (Amherst) and the Mason Gross Art Galleries (Rutgers).