Women’s History Month Highlight: Anna Bates

 In MOA Features

For Women’s History Month, the BYU MOA wanted to highlight the incredible women who work inside the museum. Let us introduce you to Anna Bates, Designer.

  1. How long have you worked at the MOA?

3 years

  1. What is your favorite part about your job?

I love that design can create subtle moods and influence people through type, colours and spaces.

  1. What has been your favorite exhibit at the MOA?

I really liked Reality Reorganized, and currently Tiffany Glass.

  1. What’s one challenging aspect of your job?

Picking the appropriate paint colour for the galleries. The colour always changes after they start painting and you panic for days thinking you’ve made a huge mistake.

  1. What did you want to be when you grew up?

An architect, then interior designer, then industrial/textile designer. I landed on graphic and exhibition design.

  1. What types of cool opportunities has the MOA given you?

I have been able to travel to other museums, which has been amazing, I have grown immensely as a designer, and I work with an astounding group of people who inspire me.

  1. Where is your favorite place you’ve traveled?

London, England

  1. What women do you most look up to/ are inspired by in your life?

My mother. She can do anything and better than most. I am inspired by working artists and designers that I follow sporadically through Instagram that make their careers and family work together.

  1. How do you stay motivated?

Read design magazines, peruse designs on Pinterest, and travelling to new places always helps.

  1. What are some of your hobbies?

Watching TV (Let’s be honest, as much as I want to say reading…), going out to restaurants and places with my husband and son, making my house clean and fresh ie cleaning and redesigning/organizing.

  1. What advise would you give students?

Take as many jobs/ opportunities as you can.

  1. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would you choose

Chocolate, obviously.

  1. Who is your favorite artist/what is your favorite artwork?

I was always inspired by Josef and Anni Albers. Both great designers and colour theorists. I could never pick one favourite piece of art or artist though!

  1. If you weren’t at your current job, what would you want to do?

Designing at another museum.

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