Smith holds a BFA from New York University and a MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her photographs have been exhibited at the Visual Studies Workshop, Gulf and Western Gallery, The School at the International Center of Photography, Cantor Film Center, Fort Mason Center, Root Division, San Francisco City Hall, MarinMOCA, Cordon | Potts Gallery, Diego Rivera Gallery, RayKo Photo Center, Inclusions Gallery, The Bascom, and Berkeley Art Center. Smith's work is part of the collections at the Museum of Fine Arts - Houston, TX and the Pilara Foundation in San Francisco, CA. Recently, Susan was an artist-in-residence at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Penland School of Crafts, The Hambidge Center, Vyt - Art Students League of New York, and the Rensing Center.
Smith grew up in Massachusetts and currently resides in San Francisco. She has worked as an Art Instructor for NYU’s Community Collaborations, Putney Student Travel’s Excel programs, and the International Center of Photography. Most recently, Smith has taught and directed art programs for Good For Kids Foundation, The Oxbow School, and Academy of Art University. She is Co-Founder and Director of Green Art Workshop, a Bay Area nonprofit which encourages the re-envisioning of everyday materials and environmental awareness in the creative process. Smith holds a BFA from New York University and a MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.