Dr. Susana Smith Bautista is an experienced arts administrator, independent consultant, art historian, and expert on museums, digital technology, and strategic planning. She completed her Ph.D. as a Provost Fellow at the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California, where she also received her Masters degree in Art History/Museum Studies with honors (Phi Kappa Phi). She has a curatorial background in Latinx, Chicanx, and Latin American art. She served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Alliance of Museums, where she sat on the newly-created Diversity Committee and conducted numerous peer-review museum site visits for the Museum Assessment Program.
Susana has over 25 years of experience in the art world in Los Angeles, New York, and Greece working with museums, commercial galleries and non-profit arts organizations, curating exhibitions, lecturing, and writing art criticism and articles. She was executive director of the Mexican Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, interim deputy director and director of public engagement at the USC Pacific Asia Museum, editorial director of www.LatinArt.com, associate with the Daniel Saxon Gallery, interim chief curator for LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, and executive director of the Pasadena Museum of California Art. Born in Pasadena, California, Susana served the city as Arts and Culture Commissioner for 6 years. She is currently the associate vice president and chief curator of the AltaMed Art Collection at AltaMed Health Services Corporation. She has written numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and published two books; How to Close a Museum: A Practical Guide (2022), and Museums in the Digital Age: Changing Meanings of Place, Community, and Culture (2013).