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 Penland School of Crafts, The Hambidge Center, and at Vyt - Art Students League of New York.
Smith 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, she has taught and directed art programs for Good For Kids Foundation, The Oxbow School, and Academy of Art University. Smith is Co-Founder and Director of Green Art Workshop, a Bay Area eco-conscious nonprofit program which encourages students to re-envision everyday materials. Smith grew up in Massachusetts and currently resides in San Francisco.