Bayeté Ross Smith is an artist, photographer and arts educator. His work has been shown nationally and internationally with exhibitions at the Goethe Institute (Accra, Ghana); Zacheta National Gallery of Art, (Warsaw, Poland); Leica Gallery (New York, NY); Rush Arts Gallery (New York, NY); The Richmond Art Center (Richmond, CA); Patricia Sweetow Gallery (San Francisco, CA); Oakland Museum of California (San Francisco, CA); Museum of the African Diaspora (San Francisco, CA); DePaul University Museum (Chicago, IL); and the 2008 Sundance Film Festival (Park City, UT).
He has held artist fellowships and residencies at the Kala Institute Berkeley CA; Can Serrat International Art Center, Barcelona, Spain; McColl Center for Visual Art, in Charlotte, NC; and Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA. As an arts educator, Ross Smith has taught at the International Center for Photography, the California College of the Arts and has worked as a teacher and mentor for youth on community based art projects in major cities throughout the U.S. He received a B.S. in Photojournalism from Florida A&M University and an M.F.A. from the California College of the Arts.