Rebecca Allan is a visual artist, writer and former Western New York resident known for abstract paintings inspired by landscape ecology, botany and geology. Her work explores watershed environments of the Northeast, Pacific Northwest, New Mexico, the Gulf Coast, Lebanon, France, and Norway.
Exhibiting in the U. S. and abroad for more than 25 years, Allan has been represented in more than 40 solo and 23 group exhibitions. She is also a contributing writer for publications including the online journal www.artcritical.com. Fine Art Connoisseur magazine published her essay, "Mabel Dodge Luhan: A Force of Nature for Art" in the May 2016 issue, and her article “Backyard Visionary: Why Charles Burchfield Matters To An Artist Today” in the March/April 2010 issue established her long-held respect for the inspirational artist of the Burchfield Penney Art Center.
In addition, Allan has had a professional career as an arts administrator, museum educator, public programs curator, and teaching artist, most recently as the Director of Public Programs and Head of Education (2006-2014) at Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture in New York City. From 2004-2006 she was Curator of Education at the National Academy Museum. In February 2015, Allan was invited to Lebanon as a visiting artist at Lebanese American University in Beirut. In 2009, she was the first visual artist to have an exhibition, and to present a joint lecture with ecologist Dr. David Strayer at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, a scientific research institute in Millbrook, New York. From 1990 to 1993 Allan was a museum educator at the Seattle Art Museum where she developed the museum’s inaugural Art Studio Program. For more information about Rebecca Allan, and to see examples of her art, visit http://rebeccaallan.com/