I've always loved opportunities for change—they bring challenge and opportunity for growth. 2015 was an epic year. In the spring I was part of two exhibitions, which sparked a new series of paintings inspired by my daily walks on the San Antonio Riverwalk. I made three new paintings and a video piece, which were exhibited during Contemporary Art Month and one painting was selected for Blue Star Museum's annual Red Dot exhibition. Over the summer we hosted the first annual Texas Convening for Teens in the Arts at Artpace, which I am proud to say was a huge success, with the help of my colleagues at Artpace and the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. I was also invited to take two teens I mentor at Artpace to the National Convening for Teens in the Arts at ICA/Boston for the second summer in a row, a truly incredible and transformative opportunity. In the fall, I was promoted to Associate Curator of Education at Artpace, taking on many new responsibilities in addition to managing teen and university programs. I also joined the board of Contemporary Art Month in San Antonio and became Co-Director of the Upstairs Studios at Blue Star Arts Complex. In the fall, I got engaged to my high school sweetheart and we were married in December—a lovely whirlwind of a time. With that, I'm changing my name from Taylor Browning to Taylor Bates and look forward to new experiences in 2016! Follow my blog to see new work coming soon.