Taylor Bates lives in San Antonio, Texas and currently works as Director of Programs & Exhibitions at Artpace. She combines her experience as as an art educator and developing artist-centered spaces to create programming that engages communities with the artistic process. Occasionally she finds time to make paintings too.

Bates has an M.A. in Art Education from The University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in Studio Art from St. Edward’s University.


My work expresses the abiding beauty found in ordinary moments of life. I paint from personal photos and found images, creating a sense of nostalgia through preserving memories of things past. Though sometimes likened to photorealism, my paintings are embellished impressionistically—infused with inviting, sensuous forms, vivid colors, and fine detail.