Artist, educator, advisor, curator, administrator, and collector are all words than can be used to describe Allen Coleman. Coleman, who is an artist and the principal consultant for Al’s Fine Art & Musings, is a seasoned creative professional with a diverse background and experience in business and the arts.
After completing degrees in Art & Art Education at Brevard College and Appalachian State University, Coleman, a native of Easley, SC, became a high school art instructor for Calhoun County (SC) Public Schools. He then relocated to New York City where he enrolled at New York University. There he completed graduate and post-graduate work in fine art and administration, but also became an instructor at the school and directed two of the university’s three exhibits programs. He was Director of Eighty Washington Square East Galleries, and was a co-founder of the Broadway Windows Project.
Coleman, after several years at NYU, left academia for the private sector of New York’s international art scene. After a brief stint with the Brooke Alexander Galleries, he joined the team at the André Emmerich Gallery. There, while serving as a conservator and sales consultant, he worked with some of the best-known artists, collectors, museum administrators and art historians of the twentieth century.
After a decade in New York City, Coleman moved to Atlanta where he spent several years doing private consultation, reproductions marketing and in pursuit of his own vision as a painter. An opportunity to return to his family home was realized when a position became available at the Pickens County Museum.
Through his position with the Pickens County Museum of Art & History, Coleman concentrated on continued development at the museum as well as the Hagood Mill Historic Site & Folklife Center. Through this he has successfully lead capital campaigns for the 2006 “Save the Story” expansion of the museum and the “Preserving A Place of Ancient Voices” campaign which constructed the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site preserving and presenting some of the state’s best examples of prehistoric petroglyphs in one of the nation’s only handicap accessible archeological sites. Before, during, and after these campaigns Coleman continued to actively raise funds and awareness for both the mill & museum sites through a creative collection of programming, activities, concerts and exhibitions that developed one of the most admired cultural programs in the state.
After leaving the museum, Coleman contracted his services as Executive Director for Greenville Chautauqua, helping to fulfil their mission bringing history to life through interactive theater. In addition to this and his twenty years at the Pickens County Museum, Coleman has also served the community in many ways, including past positions as Chairman of the Professional Development Board and then second vice president of the South Carolina Federation of Museums, former Chair of the Pickens County Accommodations Tax Advisory Board, former Chair for the task force to implement the Cultural Elements of Pickens County’s Comprehensive Plan, and a variety of other ventures.
In addition to the curation of more than seventy exhibitions, Coleman has administered approximately two hundred exhibitions and has been involved in the mounting of over four hundred exhibits, performances, and presentations. In addition to the above ventures, and in the time his busy schedule avails, Coleman still pursues his first passion as an artist, a painter of his own quixotic interpretations.
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