Daniel Fonner

Associate Director for Research

Daniel Fonner is the Associate Director for Research at SMU DataArts where he manages the organization’s applied research agenda for projects ranging from program evaluation and workforce demographics to using artificial intelligence to better understand arts and culture audiences. Prior to SMU DataArts, Daniel was a researcher at BOP Consulting in London (UK), the Research and Policy Associate at the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (PA), and created the project ReMasterpieces.org, which uses artificial intelligence to recreate paintings stolen and lost during World War II. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance from Duquesne University followed by a Master of Arts Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University, both in Pittsburgh, PA. Daniel then received an MA in International Cultural Policy and Management from Warwick University (UK) as a Fulbright Postgraduate Scholar.


Cultural Pursuits

Percussionist | Re-creation of Lost Art


Hidden Skill

Electric unicycle riding.



New Martinsville, WV


Secretly Wants To Be

Marimba designer | Craftsman