Susan Caraballo, an arts manager, producer, curator, and artist, has worked with over 100 arts organizations and individual artists, primarily in South Florida, since 1996. Susan began her career working for some of South Florida’s most important cultural organizations including the Intercultural Dance and Music Institute (INDAMI) at FIU, Miami-Dade College’s Cultural Affairs Department (now MDC Live Arts) and the Florida Dance Association.
From 1999-2006, she led Artemis, a service and presenting arts organization that she founded, whose mission was to support and develop South Florida-based artists. Under the auspices of Artemis, Susan managed PS 742, an alternative performance space in the historic Little Havana neighborhood in Miami. PS 742, recognized as “Best Black Box” by the Miami New Times, played host to the likes of Portland-based musician/visual artist The Blow, Fluxus artist Allison Knowles, legendary Miami-based Spam All Stars, among many others.
In 2006, Susan began to focus on the visual arts as the Arts Administrator for CIFO, the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, where she led administrative and operational aspects of the foundation. She went on to complete a Masters in Arts Management at American University while continuing to consult with a small number of organizations in DC and South Florida. Also, during her professional “hiatus” in academia, she worked with the NEA’s International Arts Journalism Institute in the Visual Arts hosted by American University and served as Director-in-Residence for AU Abroad’s Havana Enclave program while researching contemporary Cuban art in Havana for part of 2010.
Benefiting from her years of experience working with different arts organizations and as the leader of a well-respected arts incubator, she has consulted in the areas of development/fundraising and marketing/public relations for a number of organizations including: Bas Fisher Invitational, Dance/MetroDC, Florida Film Institute, FUNDarte, Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (now OUTshine), Rhythm Foundation, SFCA’s interdisciplinary Sound Arts Workshop/ Subtropics Experimental Music & Sound Arts Festival and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. She also co-founded FEAST Miami, a series of vegan pop-up events, funded in part by the Knight Foundation, at art venues to financially support new & emerging creative projects.
Susan has served on a number of Boards of Directors, including Artemis (1999-2007), Tigertail Productions (2007-2008), 801 Projects (2005-2007), SFCA’s interdisciplinary Sound Arts Workshop (2000-2006) and the Children’s Cultural Coalition (2000-2001). She has also served as a panelist on several review panels including Miami International Airport’s Division of Fine Arts & Cultural Affairs, ProjectArt Miami, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, State of Florida Division Cultural Affairs, Ohio Arts Council, Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, among others. She currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Board of Directors of the Harpo Foundation.
As a curator, Susan’s primary interest lies in time-based work spanning from dance theater and performance art to video installations. She has presented work in multiple disciplines including dance, film, music, performance, theater and visual arts. Susan has been involved in hundreds of presentations ranging from durational performances in gallery spaces to 20-member dance productions in proscenium stage theaters and from solo exhibitions in warehouse galleries to group exhibitions in window spaces.
From 2012-2016, Susan served as the Artistic Director at ArtCenter/South Florida (now Oolite Arts). In 2017, she presented “The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be,” at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art after opening it at ArtCenter (Oolite Arts) in 2016. Recently, she organized a symposium at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, “ARTiculating Sustainability: Resilience in the Climate Crisis?” as part of the 2019 Congress of the IKT International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art and organized the Post-Congress in Havana, Cuba. Currently, she is intersecting her curatorial and producing experience with her own artistic practice rooted in creative writing while addressing issues around the ecological crisis, especially climate justice. Susan is a resident artist at the Deering Estate and MDC Live Arts Lab.