Alyssa Michelle Danna

2015 Master of Fine Art, Sculpture, University of Texas at San Antonio (Summa Cum Laude)
2012 Bachelor of Fine Art, Painting, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX (Summa Cum Laude)
2008 Western Art Academy, Kerrville, TX

Professional Experience
2022 – Landscape Designer in partnership with French and Michigan Workshop
2022 – Director of San Antonio Cactus and Xerophyte Society (SACXS)
2020 – 21 3rd Vice President SACXS Board Member
2018 – 21 Gallery Director at Parchman Stremmel Galleries LLC
2016 -18 Gallery Assistant at Parchman Stremmel Galleries LLC
2016 Luminaria Volunteer Coordinator 
Sept 2016 Preparator for Southwest School of Art
2015 – 16 Freelance Preparator and art handler with Ethel Shipton
2016 Exhibitions Assistant, Southwest School of Art
Summer 15 San Antonio Museum of Art, Registrar Department Intern 
2014 – 15 McNay Art Museum, Education Department Intern
Sept 2014 Instructor: Bugs and Butterflies, Family Art Play at McNay Art Museum
Sept 2014 Speaker:  Art and Ecology Forum Invitational, UTSA
2013 – 15 Visual Resource Collection, Graduate Assistant, UTSA
2010 – 12 Learning Resources Center, Student Assistant, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX

Solo Exhibitions
2017      An Impractical World, French and Michigan gallery, San Antonio, TX
2016 Art10, French and Michigan booth, McNay Art Museum
Love After Love, Clamplight Gallery and Studios, San Antonio, TX
Sip Sop, Drip Drop, Forest Hills Library, San Antonio, TX
2015 How Handsomely You Dwell, Masters Thesis Exhibition, Terminal 136, San Antonio, TX
Growth, Curated by Toni Amar Martinez, Gallery 23, UTSA, San Antonio, TX

Group Exhibitions
2018 Creature Feature, Hello Studio, San Antonio,TX
300 Years: San Antonio History, Mexican Cultural Institute, SATX
2017 dou·ble en·ten·dre, SAC, San Antonio, TX
Isocyanates/polypl/Amine Catalysts, Studio Fantomas, San Antonio,TX
Red Dot, Bluestar Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
The Threads that Bind Us, Central Library, San Antonio, TX
2016 Internally Yours, R Gallery, San Antonio, TX
A Plastic Practice: The Still Life in Contemporary Art, Terminal 136, San Antonio, TX
2015 50/250, French and Michigan Gallery with HAUS Collective, San Antonio, TX
Dérive, Highwire Arts Complex, San Antonio, TX
Movable Art Party, Artist Foundation, Saint Paul Square, San Antonio, TX
Red Dot, Bluestar Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
Just for Show, Highwire Arts Complex, San Antonio, TX
31st Student Exhibition, UTSA Main Gallery, Juried by Sandra C. Fernández, San Antonio, TX
In an Expanded Field, UTSA, San Antonio, TX
Contemporary Art in Suburbia/Suburbia in Contemporary Art, UTSA, San Antonio, TX
Collegiate Show, San Antonio Art League Museum, San Antonio, TX
2014 Graduate Work, Curated by Ken Little, Terminal 136, Blue Star, San Antonio, TX
A Show Titled Like Symbol Like Prince, Highwire Arts Gallery, San Antonio, TX
Slap and Tickle, Bluestar Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
30th Student Art Exhibition, UTSA Gallery, Juried by Jongwon Lee, San Antonio, TX
Untitled (Public Display)|CAM Perennial, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio, TX
Petcha Cucha, Bluestar Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
New Sculpture, Northeast Lakeview College, San Antonio, TX
2013 Finding Self: An All Woman Art Show, StarkNaked Theater, Spring St. Studios, Houston, TX
XXIX Annual Student Exhibition, UTSA Gallery, Juried by Riley Robinson, San Antonio, TX
2012 A Common Thread, Dishman Art Museum, Beaumont, TX
Tasimjae, The Art Studio Inc. Art Exhibition, Juried by Branden Morris, Beaumont, TX
2011 Student Highlights, Beaumont Art League, Beaumont, TX
Under Pressure, KSpace National Exhibit, Corpus Christi, TX
Apathy’s Collapsed, The Art Studio Inc., Juried by Dr. Dandona, San Antonio, TX
2010 – 12 Fire and Ice, The Ice House Museum, Silsbee, TX
2009 – 13 Le Gran Bal, Curated auction, Dishman Art Museum, Beaumont, TX
2008 Western Art Academy Graduate Show, Kerrville, TX
Livestock Show and Rodeo Student Art Contest and Auction, Best in Show, Houston, TX

Awards/Scholarships Mar 2015 1st Place Graduate Arts Competition, 15th Annual Spring Research Conference 2013 – 15 MFA Presidential Assistantship 2013 – 15 Angelika Jansen-Brown and Robert Brown Endowed Art Scholarship 2013 – 14 Kaufman Graduate Art Fellowship 2008 – 12 Presidents’ List, Academic Achievement

2018 McNay Art Museum, Artists Looking at Art,
2017 F & M Projects, Published catalog of 100, Alyssa Danna: An Impractical World, essay by Céleste C. Wackenhut
2016 Rivard Report, Alyssa Danna’s Subversive Beautifications, by David S. Rubin
2015 Glasstire, Show Listings,
UTSA Department of Art and Art History, “Alyssa Danna: How Handsomely You Dwell,”
2014 Ansley Lewis, “UTSA graduates shine in ‘New Sculpture’ exhibit,” The Ranger, Feb 28, 2014.


  • Born June 19th, 1990 in Beaumont Texas and raised in rural LaBelle. Outside was the place to adventure, learn, and create.  
  • Diligence and attention to detail (now translated into Maladapted Perfectionism) are cultivated in creative studies.
  • First success came in the form of a Rhode Island Red rooster painted for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and auction as well as acceptance to the Western Art Academy summer program in Kerrville, TX for traditional courses in sculpture and oils.
  • Progression to college to earn a Bachelors of Fine Art in Painting from Lamar University (2008-2012) further solidifies the want of more art schooling, more experience.  
  • This leads to Graduate school, moved in and met Lee (to be husband) completed MFA Dec 2015, Studio Art emphasizing Sculpture, at University of Texas at San Antonio. Now what? 
  • Interning with local museums, Registrar/Collections department to learn jobs in the art field. I enjoy a behind the scenes job.
  • Contract work as a preparator and organizational assistant, move rentals a few times with Lee.
  • Hired on at Parchman Stremmel Gallery, first as a gallery assistant, then as a manager. Bought a house that we tear apart and remake. This time also encompasses the passing of Carolyn Parchman and later, my father from cancer. Wedding! Period of high points mixed with grief and silence.
  • Emerging with the drive to do something else, to make but not only “art.” Begin partnership with French and Michigan as a Landscape Designer. Combining design with ecology.