Koven Smith joined Knight Foundation in 2021. He has 20 years of experience leading digital initiatives at the intersection of art, technology and institutional strategy.
Prior to joining Knight, Smith oversaw digital teams at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Blanton Museum of Art and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. As a consultant, his work included engagements with the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, CultureSource and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, among others.
Smith has also taught museum digital strategy at NYU and Johns Hopkins and has performed research on behalf of the Museum Computer Network, the Texas Association of Museums, the Kress Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. He currently serves on the education committee of the National Women’s History Museum and the boards of the American Composers Forum and the Western Museums Association.
Smith was a practicing composer for many years, and wrote compositions for dance companies, documentary films and his own 18-piece big band. He is an alumnus of Berklee College of Music.