Olga Mercedes Bautista has been awarded several certificates of appreciation from the mayors of Newark, Jersey City and Perth Amboy in the state of New Jersey. As a Founder-Director of the Perth Amboy Gallery she was the curator of many art exhibitions and organizer of an annual Festival of the Andes community event. She also put together art shows and exhibitions in the city for which she was in charge of securing grants. She has a Master in Fine Arts Education from Kean University and a second Master of Studio Art degree degree with specialization in Fine Arts at New Jersey City University. Bautista is also an adjunt professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University.