Donnamarie BaptisteSenior Associate, Miami, Florida
Donnamarie Baptiste is an arts administrator, creative director, and cultural producer who works with high-profile artists, arts organizations, and brands across disciplines and genres to bring large-scale exhibitions, special artist projects, and events to life.
Baptiste studied Humanities and Social Sciences but started her career in the non-profit art world organizing performances and exhibitions. She moved into the art fair world as the Production Manager for Photo Miami, then a sister exhibition of Photo London and Photo LA. Baptiste placed the fair in a then rough, avoided area of Miami known as Wynwood, where it remained for years. She was then hired to manage production on "Light and Speed", a multi-media contemporary art exhibition and experience presented by Lexus in New York City, Miami, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
As the Event and Production Manager for Art Basel Miami Beach, she organized public art, VIP events, and special projects working with artists and institutions including Ai Wei Wei, Theaster Gates, Performa, Vik Muniz, Jason Moran, Museo Tamayo, and Creative Time. Baptiste then became the Director of Programming and Special Projects at The Armory Show, where she managed on-site operations, special artist installations and talks programming, including a series of eight discussions that featured speakers from China with leading artists, journalists, curators, collectors, gallerists, and academics.
She went on to work with Creative Time (again) as the Director of Marketing and Communications where she collaborated with partners including Duke University, the Central Park Conservancy, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard while overseeing video production for public art projects for artists like Spencer Finch, Ragnar Kjartansson and Duke Riley. At the Venice Biennale, Baptiste oversaw live-streaming, photography and video production of the Creative Time Summit featuring high-profile, international academics, artists, journalists, and activists.
Baptiste currently works as an arts management consultant and as a multi-faceted cultural producer with a broad range of organizations, companies, and brands.
She has hosted talks for UNTITLED Art Fair, the American Folk-Art Museum, Facebook, Oolite Arts, Neue House and MOCA North Miami. She has served as a producer, curator, contributing writer and moderator of numerous successful exhibitions, projects, and events.