From small town to big city, multidisciplinary Academy of Art University photography B.F.A. alumna Caitlin Coates is putting her photography and passion for art history to work at Heritage Auctions’ main headquarters in Dallas, Texas.
Coates hails from Oklahoma and ventured to California to study photography at the Academy, where she not only learned and honed her skills but grew a deep passion for art history. “I moved to San Francisco when I was 19. I had never been to California before,” Coates said. “It took me out of my Midwestern bubble and helped me grow as a person and a career woman. I can still remember which [instructors] would tear me apart. It would drive me insane when [they] would tell me my work is ordinary. If you’re shy, it destroys your confidence at first. But it teaches you how to talk and backup what you do. It gave me a backbone.”