TEAM
The MartinMPR Communications Team
SUSAN MARTIN Director (Los Angeles, California and Abiquiu, New Mexico)

Susan Martin began her career in the arts in the early 1970s at Sotheby’s and later founded G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, the first gallery in Los Angeles to specialize in twentieth-century master photographers. In 1976 she co-founded Some Serious Business, a nonprofit organization that produced the first-ever performances in Southern California of such artists as Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass and Ensemble, Nam June Paik, William Wegman, Lawrence Weiner, and Robert Wilson.

Martin established her public relations firm in the heady, go-go atmosphere of early 1980s New York, representing prestigious galleries, nightclubs, cutting-edge artists, and issue-oriented nonprofits. While in New York Martin was the architect of Art Against AIDS, a national fund-raising effort—with Elizabeth Taylor as National Chair—that raised millions of dollars for the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR). She also produced special events and fund-raising benefits for a wide-ranging group of organizations, including Amnesty International, and she handled marketing and public relations for arts and cultural clients, including Holly Solomon Gallery, Robert Longo, Artforum, Meredith Monk, La MaMa E.T.C., and the Wooster Group.

Returning to Los Angeles in 1990, Martin expanded her areas of expertise as a communications specialist in arts and culture, allowing her to edit books and catalogues; formulate strategic planning initiatives for nonprofits; develop media relations strategies for artists and exhibitions; produce fine and performing arts events; and plan and execute successful fund-raising benefits.

Martin was communications director for the citywide World Festival of Sacred Music—Los Angeles, instigated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama; editor of two catalogues for Chief Curator Paul Schimmel of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; marketing director for UCLA Performing Arts (UCLA Live!), the premier presenting organization for performing arts in Southern California; and special events and public relations counsel for the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division, where she edited the commemorative publication Twenty 02: Twenty Years of the Santa Monica Arts Commission, among other projects.

Martin also has edited more than fifty books about contemporary art and social history, including two major catalogues for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, as well as artists’ books, monographs, exhibition catalogues, and other art ephemera for Smart Art Press in Santa Monica.

Her efforts have resulted in successful events and unprecedented coverage for her clients in wide- ranging media, including features in mainstream consumer publications such as Vanity Fair, Vogue, Rolling Stone, and People; specialized art and design publications such as Art+Auction, Art in America, Artforum, ARTNews, Dwell, Metropolis, and The Art Newspaper; major metropolitan dailies, including the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and USA Today; lifestyle publications such as Town and Country, Travel and Leisure, The Santa Fean, and House and Garden; and electronic media, including ABC World News, CNN, National Public Radio, Playboy Radio, Flavorpill, Huffington Post, Media Bistro, and ARTINFO.

Martin’s diverse areas of interest and expertise do more than simply co-exist: they are the foundation for a deep understanding of the role of arts and culture in contemporary society.