Bianca Finley Alper

Bianca Finley Alper, Lecturer in Museum Studies
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Bianca Finley Alper received her B.A. in Art History and M.A. in Museum Studies at San Francisco State University. Her research interests include the interpretation and exhibition of visual culture and shaping narratives that reflect transculturation and transnationalism. She has worked with a range of historic, modern, and contemporary American and non-Western collections in museums, galleries, cultural centers, and libraries, and has curated exhibitions that explore both local and global histories. She teaches courses in Curatorship and Interpretation in Museums and Heritage Organizations.

She currently holds the position of Visual Resource Specialist, Library Fine Art Specialist in the Special Collections & Archives Unit at the J. Paul Leonard Library at San Francisco State University. In this role, she serves as collection manager for the Library Fine Art Collection and as exhibitions coordinator for the Special Collections Gallery and other Library and campus exhibition spaces.

Formerly, she was curatorial assistant in the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas Department (AOA) at the de Young Museum. During her tenure, she was an integral member of the AOA curatorial staff supporting research, planning, interpretation, and production of temporary and permanent exhibitions, gallery rotations, artist residencies, public programming, and publications in support of the department’s holdings. Additionally, she served as the AOA department representative for the de Young Museum’s Native American Programs Advisory Committee and researched and lectured on the department’s historic Native American basket collection.

Her most recent guest-curated exhibitions include: Through One Child’s Eyes: Medical Missionaries in Nigeria in the 1960s (2015) in collaboration with the SFSU Department of History and the Museum Studies Program and exhibited in the JPLL Special Collections Gallery; and Company's Coming: San Francisco Hosts the Panama Pacific International Exposition (2015) in collaboration with the San Francisco History Center at San Francisco Public Library and PPIE 100, a city-wide centennial celebration of the Panama Pacific International Exposition and exhibited in the Skylight Gallery at SFPL.