About the speaker

Mary Heathcott is the Executive Director of Blue Star Contemporary, where she heads its exhibition and educational programs, guided by the bold mission “to inspire the creative genius in us all.” As San Antonio’s premiere nonprofit venue for contemporary art, Blue Star Contemporary presents more than 20 exhibitions annually, engaging international and regional artists through innovative exhibitions; a residency partnership with the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin; public programs; and an after-school program for high school youth seeking professional development in the field of art, MOSAIC Student Artist Program.

Prior to joining Blue Star Contemporary in 2014, Heathcott was the Deputy Director at Artpace San Antonio, an international artist-in-residence program that has attracted more than 100 renowned artists and guest curators from around the world to explore new directions in their work and provided a platform for exhibitions and education programs that further extend contemporary art dialogue. From 2011-2012, she was Artpace’s Interim Managing Director and curated exhibitions for the Hudson (Show)Room including Transitios, This much is true, Tony Feher, and Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller. Prior to Artpace, she served as the Manager of Individual Giving at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

Heathcott received her master’s degree in the Humanities from the University of Chicago in 2001, where her research in art history culminated in a thesis exploring the history of stereoscope photography, “Collapsed Elemental Perspective.” She received her BA in Art History in 1998 from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, where she is happy to reside with her husband and son.

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