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New Director of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas
By Dionne Benjamin
Jan 20, 2012 - 1:57:26 AM

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NAGB Director Amanda Coulson

Nassau, Bahamas - It’s a new era for the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB). Under the founding directorship of Dr. Erica James, the national institution set the bar for Bahamian art, stretching the boundaries of the Bahamian cultural imagination and establishing Bahamian visual art within a historical context at home.

Yet with a new staff and new director Amanda Coulson at the helm, the NAGB will take an exciting step in a new direction – establishing itself as a national institution in the eyes of the globe.

“Culture needs to be a dialogue between nations, and while we should protect our own cultural heritage, it is totally valid to have conversations,” she says. “I would like to see international art coming down here and Bahamians making a splash internationally."

Such is the goal by the enthusiastic and tenacious woman who for years has made strides in the global art world, whether through her critical eye and voice or through her wildly successful venture, the annual art fair Volta – taking place both in Switzerland and in New York – which for eight years has been giving voice to emerging artists and galleries.

Yet Coulson, who has lived, studied and worked in major cities around the globe including New York City, Los Angeles, Paris, Milan, as well as in Switzerland, the United Kingdom and in Germany – where she’s lived for the past decade with her husband, a German art gallery owner – has Bahamian heritage. With a Bahamian father hailing from the Farrington family and an American mother, Coulson spent many of her formative years taking extended visits to The Bahamas while living with her mother in the United Kingdom......

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