Susana Smith Bautista
Susana Smith Bautista received her Ph.D. as a Provost Fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California, where she also received her Masters degree in Art History/ Museum Studies. Susana has more than twenty years experience in the art world in Los Angeles, New York, and Greece working with museums, commercial galleries and non-profit art spaces, curating exhibitions, lecturing, and writing art criticism. She was Executive Director of the Mexican Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, Editorial Director of www.LatinArt.com, and Associate with the Daniel Saxon Gallery. Born in Pasadena, California, Susana also served the city as Arts and Culture Commissioner for six years. At USC, Susana researched the role of museums in the digital age, how new technologies are affecting traditional museum practices and communities, the distributed learning network, and the cultural context of how museums are utilizing technologies. She was part of a USC research team working with Prof. Anne Balsamo on a MacArthur Foundation grant, “Inspiring the Technological Imagination: Museums and Libraries in the Digital Age.” Her goals include contributing to research and policies that would better enable museums worldwide to understand and adapt to the digital age.
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