Olivia Smith received her B.F.A in 2011 from SMU Meadows School of the Arts in Studio Art, Art History, and English, with a concentration in Poetry. After concluding an internship at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, she moved to New York City in 2012. Her interest in conceptual and socially-engaged art led to internships at Artists Space, Creative Time, and a position as research assistant to Gavin Kroeber for the proposal for a new Center for Art & Urbanism in Dallas.

From 2013 - 2016, Smith acted as the Director of Exhibition A, where she worked in collaboration with over two hundred and fifty artists to produce and distribute museum-quality contemporary art editions. While at Exhibition A, she curated and managed artwork placement in hotels in Miami, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Mexico, and Australia. 

Smith is currently the co-founder and director of Magenta Plains, a contemporary art gallery founded in March 2016 and located in the Lower East Side of New York City. One of the core missions at the gallery is to bring greater attention to significant art and artists regardless of age or career and to present context and meaning for the development of new ideas as well as to preserve older generation artists' work. Artists exhibited include Aaron Aujla, Alex Kwartler, Anne Libby, Barbara Ess, Barry Le Va, Bill Saylor, Don Dudley, Ebecho Muslimova, Georg Herold, Gretchen Bender, Lillian Schwartz, Melissa Brown, Peter Nagy, Peter Sutherland, Ross Bleckner, Ryan Foerster, Sven Loven, Theodore Darst, Tiril Hasselknippe, Trevor Shimizu, William Wegman, Zach Bruder and many others. Exhibitions have been reviewed in The New York Times, Artforum, The New Yorker, Art In America, Forbes, The New York Observer, Artnews, Artinfo, Artnet, and more.

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