Arista Alanis is a third-generation Mexican American. She spent most of her youth growing up in the suburbs of Houston, Texas where she enjoyed spending summers at the local swimming pool while also going on family vacations to South Padre Island. Alanis earned an MFA from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, and a BFA from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally since 1989. Most recently, her paintings were shown in Mountain at Collioure, organized by Jared Quinton, and in 2019 in Made in Vermont, at the Hall Art Foundation. In addition, Alanis’ artwork is part of many private and public collections. In 1995 she joined the Vermont Studio Center staff and has been the School Arts Coordinator in partnership with Johnson Elementary School for the past twenty years. The artist lives in Vermont and spends her time painting, teaching, and running.