Prior to becoming director of the Alexandria Museum of Art in 2009, Catherine Pears worked for corporate America, small businesses, non-profits, academia, and has been self-employed. She has managed many large projects in her career and has taught hundreds of arts-in-education workshops in classrooms throughout Central Louisiana. She served on the Louisiana State University at Alexandria faculty as an art history instructor, technical director of the theatre department and part-time curator at the Museum. Catherine has supervised volunteers constructing theatrical sets for more than 50 productions in the community theatre setting. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art in Graphic Design from Louisiana State University and a Master of Arts in painting from Northwestern State University.