We had the good fortune of connecting with Alison Hearst and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alison, what makes you happy? Why?
The best part of my job–and the part that makes me the happiest–is collaborating with artists. I learn so much from them. Seeing the world through an artist’s lens is an invaluable experience.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m an Associate Curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. My interest in contemporary art started early on, and I always knew I wanted to be involved in the arts in some capacity. After receiving my undergraduate degree in art history, I went on to graduate school and specialized in modern and contemporary art. Throughout graduate school, I had many internships at local galleries and museums, including the Modern. I was also writing for art publications and organizing exhibitions as a freelancer in my spare time, which really solidified my interest in becoming a curator. A few months after earning my MA, I started working full-time at the Modern in the director’s office, which then led to a position in the curatorial department. I began by supporting the other curators on their exhibitions and projects, and eventually, I was organizing my own exhibitions. I’ve been with the Modern for 13 years now.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting town, I’d definitely take her to the Modern, the Kimbell, the Amon Carter, and also the Philip Johnson Water Gardens downtown. We’d probably grab a coffee at Ampersand or Summermoon, and get tacos at Salsa Limon or BBQ at Heim. I’ve also recently discovered the Marion Samsom Park, which is a good spot to go for a morning hike or bike ride.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?