Published : Friday, May 19, 2017 | 5:48 AM
Dr. Susana Smith Bautista has been appointed Executive Director of the Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) and will assume the role on May 23, the Museum’s Board announced Thursday.
Born and raised in Pasadena, Bautista is an expert on museums, digital technology, the arts, and strategic communication.
She replaces Interim Executive Director Jay Belloli. Belloli, who will continue to guest curate exhibitions in partnership with the PMCA.
“I have every confidence that Susana will sustain the PMCA’s continued expansion of its educational and outreach efforts and will further demonstrate her leadership within the Pasadena community,” Belloli told Artfix Daily.
Bautista is known locally for her service on the City of Pasadena Arts and Culture Commission, the Advisory Board of Southwest Chamber Music, the Board of Trustees of Westridge School, and the Board of Directors of Clazzical Notes.
She brings with her a wealth of experience in the museum world, curating exhibitions and creating educational programming, and digital media and communication.
“The Board of Directors is thrilled to have Susana take the helm of the PMCA,” says PMCA Chairman of the Board Jim Crawford. “She has a proven track record in the art, museum, and nonprofit fields. Her specialized focus on museum studies; digital technology and communication; and Latino, Chicano, and Asian art will ensure that the full, diverse scope of California art as well as modern media communication continue to be at the forefront of the PMCA’s programming”
“As a longtime visitor and supporter of the PMCA, I am honored to take on this leadership role at the Museum,” Bautista said. “Having lived in Pasadena for most of my life, I have seen the major contributions the PMCA has made to the Pasadena community as well as those of Los Angeles and California.”
Bautista 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 art spaces; curating exhibitions on Latino and Latin American art; lecturing; and publishing, including her 2013 book titled Museums in the Digital Age.
Her background in nonprofit arts administration includes former positions at the Mexican Cultural Institute of Los Angeles as the Executive Director; USC Pacific Asia Museum as the Interim Deputy Director and Director of Public Engagement; LatinArt.com, the online journal of art and culture, as Editorial Director; and within distinguished institutions, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, USC Fisher Museum of Art, and INTAR International Arts Relations.
She also serves as a peer reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums.