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Alana J. Coates is an Art Historian and Curator. Her undergraduate degrees are from the University of Rhode Island in Art and Art History. After working in Providence, Rhode Island as the Assistant Director of Gallery Z and working for the nonprofit organization, Gallery Night Providence, she successfully completed graduate coursework in Museum Studies at Harvard Extension School. Coates then moved to Texas to obtain a master’s degree in Art History and a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Administration and Leadership at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She spent a decade in Texas working at reputable organizations including the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio Museum of Art, Ruiz-Healy Art, and the McNay Art Museum. She has most recently been appointed Director of Exhibitions at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design.


Curriculum Vitae


M.A. Master of Art History and Criticism 2012  The University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas. Research focus on the art of Mexico from the 18th Century to Contemporary Latino & Chicano Art. | Master’s Thesis: “Casta Paintings Revisited: The Case for Single-Panel Analysis and Artist Agency”

Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration and Leadership 2012  The University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas                                                               

B.A. Bachelor of Arts 2005 The University of Rhode Island, Kingstown, Rhode Island Printmaking & Photography focus

B.A. Bachelor of Art History 2005 The University of Rhode Island, Kingstown, Rhode Island

Additional Coursework

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, San Antonio, Texas. Spanish

Harvard University Extension School, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Introduction to Museum Studies and Preservation and Conservation of Museum Collections


Arquetopia Foundation & International Artist Residency, Puebla, Mexico.  Art & Activism, Academic Residency. June 7 – July 19, 2021.

East Topics Curatorial Residency Budapest, Hungary. April 8-19, 2019

Selected as one of twelve curators globally to participate in a two-week curatorial intensive focusing on contemporary art, curatorial conditions and institutions in Budapest.

Professional Experience

Director of Exhibitions, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, Pennsylvania | September 2019 – May 2021

In charge of shaping, leading, directing, and implementing the college’s comprehensive and innovative exhibitions and gallery program. Working to present and engage the campus and the greater Lancaster area with exhibition programming of merit, while presenting the college’s rich community of artists with opportunities far beyond Lancaster. Oversee the production of exhibition catalogues, adviser for the student-run gallery space, plan donor parties in collaboration with the Director of Development, and successfully obtain both in-kind and financial sponsorship for gallery programming. Craft and distribute press releases and successfully obtain national and international press coverage. Organized a two-day symposium Art & Environment and a pan-institutional exhibition in New York City. Designed a collections management policy and a strategic plan centered on COVID-19 impacts. Spearhead and oversaw digital events management projects including the college’s first virtual art auction,  multifaceted college-wide virtual events for the student gallery, and digital museum partnerships. Teaching History of Chicana/o Protest Art from the 1960s to today and lead curatorial internships.

Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Freedman Gallery at Albright College, September 2018 – October 2019

Responsible for shaping and overseeing three rotating exhibition spaces and a collection of 2,000 artworks. Lead gallery promotions and fundraising in collaboration with the Director of Communications and the Major Gifts Officer to successfully win grants, sponsorship, and national press recognition. Worked with a twenty-person committee of internal and external stakeholders and lead the college in significant artwork acquisition. Organized tours and activities for K-12 student visitors with the Education Partnership Coordinator. Managed eight student Gallery Attendants per semester. Digitized the senior show submissions process with the help of the Senior Web Manager and oversaw the production of all exhibition catalogues and Foyer Gallery publications.

Interim Communications and Marketing Manager at The McNay Art Museum, Summer 2018

Responsible for planning and executing the museum’s digital platforms and strategy including social media outlets, websites, and e-mail campaigns. Provided communications, promotions, and facilitated the museum’s quarterly publication “Impressions”. Coordinated advertising strategies, marketing programs, printed promotional materials, wrote press releases and coordinated television features. Directed “Second Thursday,” a community outreach event that draws over a thousand people each month.

Associate Director at Ruiz-Healy Art, September 2013 – July 2018

Directed the Gallery with locations in Texas and New York City focusing on Latinx and Latin American artists. Assisted in numerous international exhibition collaborations including exhibits with Galería Blanca Berlín in Madrid, Spain; Galerie EIGEN + Art in Berlin, Germany; Galería Karen Huber in Mexico City, Mexico. Supported the retrospective exhibition of Chuck Ramirez at the McNay Art Museum with archives from the estate. Oversaw the coordination of art fair participation at satellite fairs in Art Basel Miami and the IFPDA print fair in New York. Managed the production of twenty-one scholarly publications. Obtained steady coverage of press mentions with full editorial features in local, regional, national, and international media. Implemented protocols and oversaw a robust internship program with Trinity University and The University of Texas. Implemented gallery management software and oversaw the data conversion to improve record management and sales analysis. Assisted numerous corporate collections, partnered with luxury industries, and achieved significant success with artwork sales.

Adjunct Instructor at Northwest Vista College, September 2013 – December 2016

Northwest Vista College is a Hispanic Serving Institution. I taught three Art Appreciation sections a semester to non-art majors as part of their core art requirement. The course incorporated hands-on studio assignments, traditional lectures, cooperative learning projects, and field trips. The focus of the class was on introduction to processes, historical movements, and issues with contemporary art and public display.

Instructor of Art History at The Art Institute of San Antonio, October 2014 – July 2015

Taught intensive four-hour long classes of Art History Survey I using comparative studies to examine artworks from ancient art to the medieval period as a chronological progression of evolving styles and artistic expressions.

Contributor, Art Magazine San Antonio, January 2013 – June 2013

As a contributing writer my articles included: “Lady Base Gallery: Defining the Platform.” February 2013; “Finding Bubbling Provocations and Dark Humor: Q & A with Bill Arning.” March 2013; “Sex, Transubstantiation and Punk Angst: A Review of bite like a kitty” March 2013; “The Art Expert’s Guide for Touring Texas.” May 2013

Development Administrative Assistant at the San Antonio Museum of Art, August 2012 – Sept 2013

Provided high-level administrative support to the Director of Development, the Membership Manager, and the Development Coordinator. Directly worked on the annual themed fundraising events, the gala, special membership events, and the formation of a young patron’s group. Attended all development meetings and recorded the minutes for the Legacy, Membership, and Capital Development Boards. Assisted with direct-mail membership campaigns and annual fund appeals. Conducted benchmark research on national museum membership programs. Researched and identified corporate and foundation funding opportunities. Oversaw database conversion process from Results Plus to Raiser’s Edge. ResearchPoint and LexisNexis utilized.

Graduate Grader Assistant at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Spring 2010 – Spring 2012

Graded all assignments, exams, and extra-credit projects. Maintained records for up to 115 students in a class for Art History Survey classes including Pre-History to 1350 and the Survey of Modern Art. And earned a Certificate in College Teaching with Distinction from The University of Texas at San Antonio, Fall 2011

Membership and Development Intern at The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Spring – Summer 2012

Assisted as a volunteer in all facets of this multidisciplinary organization including helping with the CineFestival, the longest-running Latino film festival in the United States, and the Tejano Conjunto Festival, an annual event that draws over 10,000 Conjunto music lovers from around the world. In addition, I assisted with exhibitions, concerts, dances, theater performances, and galas. As part of the Next Generation Nonprofit Leadership program, I shadowed the Executive Director and I was awarded $5,000 from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to work fulltime at the center for a summer in the Development office. During this summer internship, my work for the center focused on fundraising and membership programs.

Project Assistant for Artist Rolando Briseño, June 2010 – November 2010

Researched, organized and obtained image-use rights for a large-scale permanent public art project constructed in the Houston Metropolitan Transit corridors. This project required statewide archival research to obtain historical photographs that commemorate the civil rights contributions of Mexican-Americans in Texas.

Membership & Sponsorship Coordinator, Gallery Night Providence, RI, October 2007 – August 2009

Gallery Night Providence is a non-profit organization that collectively organizes and promotes arts and cultural organizations throughout the city of Providence and offers free guided trolley tours on the third Thursday of every month. I solicited galleries throughout the city to encourage membership with Gallery Night. Requested and obtained funding from individuals in the community. Sold advertising space to local businesses to aid with funding the organization, and gained valuable knowledge of 501(c)(3) organization and of citywide collaborative projects.

Assistant Director, Gallery Z, Providence, RI, January 2005-August 2009

Assisted the Director in all aspects of operating a fine art gallery. Including but not limited to financial management, artist relations, sales and client relations, marketing and promotions, curation and exhibit design, training and management of staff and interns, along with community program development. Gained valuable knowledge of running a small independent business that is deeply embedded with the community. Directly oversaw a fast-paced and frequent rotation of artwork and maintained accurate documentation and up-to-date contracts for exhibitions and consignment agreements including off-site artwork loans and rentals. Worked on over 50 exhibitions.

Publications Authored

 Butterfly Effect: Ana Vizcarra Rankin exhibition catalogue (Lancaster, PA: Pennsylvania College of Art & Design) 2019. 

“Experience, Repeat, Recall: Memory as an Artform” in the exhibition catalogue In Search of Meaning: Memory Becomes Us, Patricia Moss-Vreeland (Philadelphia: Esther Klein Gallery, Science Center) 2019.

“Benevolence over Walls: Fernando Andrade’s Humanitarian Quest” in the exhibition catalogue Muros/Walls (San Antonio: San Antonio Library Gallery) 2019. 

Images of Power exhibition catalogue (San Antonio: Freight Gallery) 2018.[ISBN 978-0-1234657-8-8]

“Homage to the Worker” in the exhibition catalogue for Raul Gonzalez: Doing Work (Austin: greyDUCK Gallery) 2017.

¡ Ahora ! : YLA 22 exhibition catalogue (Austin: Mexic-Arte Museum) 2018.

“The Hot Colors of Rebellion” in the exhibition catalogue for Daydreams and Other Monsters (San Antonio: The University of Texas at San Antonio) 2017. [ISBN 978-1-38-990608-4]

“Margarita Cabrera, César Martínez, Fernando Andrade, and Michael Menchaca” in the exhibition catalogue Perennial Boundaries (San Antonio: Ruiz-Healy Art) 2016. [ISBN: 978-1366898661]

“Johanna Calle” foreword in the catalogue Johanna Calle Ruiz-Healy Art, IFPDA Print Fair (San Antonio: Ruiz-Healy Art) 2016. [ISBN: 978-1-36-715982-2]

“Unbearably Human” in the exhibition catalogue Megan Solis: Christina is a Coward (San Antonio: Hello Studios) 2016. [ISBN: 978-1-36-754704-9]

“Judith Baca” and “Yolanda Lopez” in Encyclopedia of Latino Artists (Artists of the American Mosaic)  (Santa Barbara: Greenwood) 2017. Rachel G. Mohl. [ISBN-13:978-1440801075]

“The Harmonious Horizons of Abelardo López” in the exhibition catalogue Infinite Horizons: Abelardo López and Leigh Anne Lester (San Antonio: Ruiz-Healy Art) 2015 co-authored with David Rubin. [ISBN: 9781320670043]

“An Amusing Display of Death: La calavera de cupido” in the exhibition catalogue Posada’s Broadsheets: of Love and Betrayal (San Antonio: The University of Texas at San Antonio Art Gallery) 2012.  Exhibition Curated by Dr. Teresa Eckmann. [ISBN: 978-0-0831130-4-1]

“Nahum B. Zenil” in the exhibition catalogue Neo-Mexicanism: A New Figuration: Mexican Art of the 1980’s (San Antonio: Instituto Cultural de México) 2010. Exhibition Curated by and catalogue designed by Dr. Teresa Eckmann. [ISBN: 978-0-9831130-0-3]

Symposiums Organized

Art & Environment, February 19 & 20, 2019. Organized a two-day long symposium on climate and environmental issues at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. The panel of presenters included environmental scholars, government officials, and artists.

Professional Presentations

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, Texas. Fifth Annual International Conference on Border Studies, “Art in an Age of Planetary Entanglement: A Conversation Between Artists, Curators, and Art Historians” October 29, 2021.

Albright College, Guest Lecture, Reading, Pennsylvania. “Digital Content Marketing for Visual Arts” February 18, 2019.

Albright College, Guest Lecture, Reading, Pennsylvania. “From Development to Marketing and Curation” November 19, 2018.

Fiber Artists of San Antonio Keynote Speaker, San Antonio Garden Center, San Antonio, Texas. “Fraying the Canon” September 10, 2018.

Lift Fund Women’s Business Center, Art Tank: Business Training for Creatives, Central Library, San Antonio, Texas. “Pricing Artwork: Practical Advice for Artists” June 25, 2018.

Freight Gallery, San Antonio, Texas. “Images of Power Art Discussion” February 24, 2017.

Freight Gallery, San Antonio, Texas. “Raul Gonzalez: Doing Work” Panel Moderator, January 13, 2018.

Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, Texas. Curator Talk ¡Ahora! | YLA22 July 15, 2017.

Ruiz-Healy Art San Antonio, Texas. “Internships in the Creative Sector—Tips and Pitfalls” Southwest School of Art Professional Development class. November 2, 2017.

The University of Texas at San Antonio, Main Campus Gallery, San Antonio, Texas. Art Talk with Louie Chavez and Megan Soliscontextualizing the exhibit Daydreams and other Monsters July 17, 2017. 

LiftFund Women’s Business Center, San Antonio, Texas. “Putting a Monetary Value on your Artistic Practice” Art Tank: Business Accelerator Program. June 26, 2017.

Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio, Texas. “Artist Lab Discussion Panel” January 28, 2017.  Moderator for Artist Lab Fellows: Lisette Chavez, Sarah Fox, Raul Gonzalez, Kristel Puente, Andrei Renteria, Jose Villalobos.

Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, Texas. “The Prints of Manuel Manilla and José Guadalupe Posada in Mexic-Arte Museum’s Collection” Obra Gráfica: Panel Discussion. April 17, 2016.

Cafè Commerce, San Antonio, Texas. “Pricing Artwork” LifeFund Women’s Business Center & The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center’s Art Lab, April 4, 2016.

Ruiz-Healy Art, San Antonio, Texas. “Becoming a Gallerist/Art Historian and the Art Business Track” Leading Art Series, The University of Texas at San Antonio Art History Association. March 26, 2016.

The University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas. “Nueva, Otra, o lo Mismo: The Paintings and Literature of Luis Felipe Noé.” College of Liberal and Fine Arts Research Conference. March 22, 2012.

The University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas. “Una Calavera Chusca: Mexican Visual Identity from Castas to Calaveras.” Post- Independence Latin American Art Symposium. February 17, 2012.

The University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas. “An Amusing Display of Death, La Calavera de Cupido by José Guadalupe Posada” College of Liberal and Fine Arts Research Conference. March 24, 2011.

Exhibitions Curated                                                                

Ana Vizcarra Rankin: Butterfly Effect (February 7 – May 2020) Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Main Gallery, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. (catalogue)

Anne Buckwalter: Repeating X (January 28 – March 13, 2020) Freedman Gallery at Albright College, Project Space, Reading, Pennsylvania. (tri-fold publication)

José Villalobos: Joto Fronterizo (November 5 – December 13, 2019) Freedman Gallery at Albright College, Main Gallery, Reading, Pennsylvania. (catalogue)

Maps Glover: itnoa 19 (October 22 – December 13, 2019) Freedman Gallery at Albright College, Project Space, Reading Pennsylvania. (tri-fold publication)

Rambod and Ramyar Vala: Challenges of Imagination (March 24 – May 29, 2020) Freedman Gallery at Albright College, Foyer Gallery, Reading, Pennsylvania. (bi-fold publication) 

Suji Han: Welcome to Flattened Flat Space (January 2 – March 13, 2020) Freedman Gallery at Albright College, Foyer Gallery, Reading, Pennsylvania. (bi-fold publication)

Scott Martin: See You See (October 29 – December 13, 2019) Freedman Gallery at Albright College, Foyer Gallery, Reading, Pennsylvania. (bi-fold publication) 

Yvette Mayorga: Great Again (September 10 – October 27, 2019) Freedman Gallery at Albright College, Foyer Gallery, Reading, Pennsylvania. (bi-fold publication)

Michael Martinez: Nobody Truly Lives on Earth (July 4 – September 8, 2019) Freedman Gallery at Albright College, Foyer Gallery, Reading, Pennsylvania. (bi-fold publication)

Megan Solis: I’m Hot and Ready. (April 16 –June 28, 2019) Freedman Gallery at Albright College, Foyer Gallery, Reading, Pennsylvania. (bi-fold publication)

Sarah Fox: The Great Cry & Then I Met You. (January 2 – April 14, 2019) Freedman Gallery at Albright College, Foyer Gallery, Reading, Pennsylvania. (bi-fold publication)

Raul Gonzalez: Taco, Texas (October 23- December 14, 2018) Freedman Gallery at Albright College, Foyer Gallery, Reading, Pennsylvania. (bi-fold publication) 

Thread (March 9 –March 31, 2018) Clamp Light Gallery, San Antonio, Texas. The featured artists include: Bianca Alvarez, Linda Arredondo, Sara Barnes, Sarah Castillo, Martha Elena Flores, Sarah Fox, Abby Hinojosa, Sol Kesseler, Justin Korver, Michael Martinez, Nicole Tovar and Jose Villalobos. Contemporary Art Month San Antonio CAMMIE Awarded for Curation judged by Artpace San Antonio. (catalogue)

Images of Power (February 10 – 24, 2018) Freight Gallery, San Antonio, Texas. Co-curated by Alana Coates and Mark Anthony Martinez.  Featured artists include: Abel Ortiz Acosta, Albert Alvarez, Veronica (Nica) Aquino, Amanda Benavides, Sarah Castillo, Jose Cosme, Joe De La Cruz, Manuel Diz, André Filipek, Mario Garza, Xavier Gilmore, Marcelia Gonzales, Raul Gonzalez, Suzy Gonzalez, Rafael Fernando Gutierrez, Jr., Alejandro Macias, Jesús María, Mark Anthony Martinez, Maximiliano, Patrick McGrath Muñiz, Ashley Mireles, Juan de Dios Mora, Kristel A. Orta-Puente, Andrei Rentería, Alán Serna, Justin Sterling, Jon Tyson, Juan Vallejo, Christopher Velasco, and Jose Villalobos. (catalogue)

Temporal Forms Ruiz-Healy Art Pop-Up Exhibition (October 19, 2017) at Cellars at the Pearl, San Antonio, Texas. Co-curated with Deliasofia Zacarias. Featured artists include: Jesse Amado, Cecilia Biagini, Andrés Ferrandis, Leigh Anne Lester, Nicolás Leiva, Cecilia Paredes, Chuck Ramirez, Constance Lowe, Ethel Shipton, Nate Cassie, and Richard Armendariz.

¡ Ahora ! Young Latino Artists | YLA 22 (July 14 – August 28, 2017) Mexic-Arte Museum. Austin, Texas. Artists Featured: Nansi Guevara, Daniela Madrigal, Mark Anthony Martinez, Michael Martinez, Paloma Mayorga, Andrei Rentería, Ashley Mireles, and José Villalobos. (catalogue)

Daydreams and other Monsters (June 7-July 13, 2017) The University of Texas at San Antonio, Main Campus Gallery, San Antonio, Texas. Artists Featured: Peter Saul, John Hernandez, Louie Chavez, and Megan Solis. (catalogue)

Megan Solis: Christina is a Coward (June 30 – August 15, 2016) Hello Studios, Bluestar Arts Complex, San Antonio, Texas. (catalogue) 

Living in Memory/Viviendo en Memoria: Paintings & Drawings by Nilton Cardenas (June 3- July 5, 2008) Gallery Z, Providence, Rhode Island.

Latino Artists of Rhode Island (October 16 – November 10, 2007) Gallery Z, Providence, Rhode Island. Artists Featured: Idania Abreu, Nilton Cardenas, Jaime Carrera, Luis Cepeda, Evans Molina, Carlos Ochoa, Arides Pichardo, and Sidney Tillett.

Curatorial Committee Experience

Public Art Committee, San Antonio Arts Commission, Curatorial Committee 2018

Luminaria, Curatorial Committee, 2018

Juror Experience

Juror Fiber Artists of San Antonio (FASA) 44th Annual Juried Fiber Exhibition

Juror for Eyes Got it! Artpace, San Antonio, Texas 2017

Juror for Eyes Got it! Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, Texas 2016

Artist Selection Panel Participant, Public Art San Antonio (PASA) 2013 | Pearsall Park

Fellowships, Honors & Awards

CAMMIE Award for curating the exhibition Thread at Clamp Light Artist Studios and Gallery, Awarded by Artpace, Contemporary Art Month San Antonio, 2018.

American Alliance of Museums Development and Membership Network Fellow, 2013

HEB Americans for the Arts Emerging Leaders Scholarship, 2012

Next Generation Nonprofit Leaders Program, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Internship Stipend, 2012

The Samuel A. and Pamela R. Kirkpatrick Endowed Presidential Scholarship, 2012 Spring term

The Malu and Carlos Alvarez Graduate Research Fellowship in College of Liberal and Fine Arts

The Carlos and Malu Alvarez Fellowship in Art & Art History, 2011-2012 academic year

The Jacinto Quirarte Endowed Scholarship in Art History, 2010-2011 academic year

Volunteer Work Highlights

Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio, Texas, January 2012-2015.

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, Library and Archives, Summer 2011.

The Rhode Island School of Design Museum in collaboration with VSA (Vision, Strength, Access Arts of Rhode Island) Art classes for Adults with developmental disabilities, 2003

Professional Memberships

Association for Latin American Art

American Alliance of Museums