Suzanne Hobbs Baker, Executive Director
Suzanne was born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in Atlanta, Georgia by her Nuclear Engineer father and Social Worker mother, along with an older brother who is now an accomplished Chemist for Interface Global. Her interest in art, science and humanitarian issues started very young, fueled by frequent family travel and a sharp focus on education and community involvement.
She attended Appalachian State University to study Fine Arts and since graduating has worked with several public arts organizations, always with the goal of using art to create positive change. Her work experiences include 3 years with Arts for Life as a Teaching Fellow, creating and implementing art lessons specific to the needs of children battling chronic and terminal illness. Another pivotal experience was one year spent working on The Fundred Dollar Bill Project, an effort to educate children through a fun and simple art project that teaches how to stay safe from environmental lead exposure. In both of these roles, Suzanne was able to use art as a tool in communicating about the serious issues of health and environment, while minimizing fears and empowering individuals.
Drawing on the first hand knowledge of how art can be used as a transformative educational tool, Suzanne began the development of PopAtomic Studios in late 2008. PopAtomic Studios is now carefully cultivating positive attention surrounding the reemerging Nuclear Energy Industry, using art as a spring board for new public dialogues about responsible energy creation. She is focused on making designs and public artwork that challenge commonly held fears and misconceptions about nuclear energy from a fun and positive artistic perspective. The goal is to inspire everyday citizens to learn about and actively support a clean energy future.
Suzanne currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina with her husband Ted.