About our director
Amanda Coulson is the Director of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. A Bahamian national, she grew up in New York and London with frequent family visits to her Nassau-based family. She studied for her Master’s Degree at the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU, specializing in 16th century Italian painting and architecture, and then started her career at the established old master dealers, Wildenstein & Sons, in New York, before going on to work in various galleries in London, Paris and Milan.
Developing as a writer and art critic, Coulson spent two years as the international editor of the bilingual Italian/English contemporary art magazine Tema Celeste out of Milan, Italy, before moving to Frankfurt, Germany, where she consolidated her critical credentials writing for a wide variety of international art magazines, such as Modern Painters, Art Review, Art News, Lapiz, and Frieze. She has also provided critical texts for monographic gallery and museum shows and worked as a freelance curator, organising gallery and institutional exhibitions, some for Bahamian artists abroad.
Coulson is one of the cofounders of the VOLTA contemporary art fairs, held in both Basel, Switzerland, and New York, USA. VOLTA is a platform where galleries from all over the globe come to present their work to a broad, international audience. Having sold the VOLTA operating license to a large U.S.-based corporation, after seven years she stepped down as executive director and remains a brand consultant as Artistic Director of VOLTA, which is now in its 12th year of operation. In 2011 she returned to The Bahamas, with her husband and two daughters, to take up the position as NAGB Director on the island of New Providence.