Mary Heathcott is the Executive Director of Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, 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 venue for contemporary art, Blue Star presents more than 20 exhibitions annually, engaging international and regional artists through innovative exhibitions; public programs; and an after-school program for high school youth seeking professional development in the field of art, MOSAIC.
Prior to Blue Star, 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. As Artpace’s Interim Managing Director from 2011-2013, she organized exhibitions for the Hudson Show(Room) and Window Works galleries, as well as provided strategic leadership for the organization’s operations.
Prior to joining Artpace’s staff in 2006, Heathcott was Manager of Individual Giving at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, where she was the liaison for the museum’s Collectors Forum, organizing travel opportunities and collector-based programming, as well as the annual acquisition of a new artwork for the museum’s permanent collection.
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.