Podcast Episode 168: Allie Copeland

Welcome, Allie Copeland, AKA Alexandra Copeland, the Art Curator for the New Bedford Free Public Library. Allie grew up in northeast Connecticut and went to school in Boston. She holds a bachelor’s in Art History and a Master’s of Library and Information Science with a concentration in cultural heritage.

Both degrees are from Simmons College. Prior to this position,  Allie Copeland was working as a collections manager and registrar for the Rye Historical Society in Rye, New York. She has experience in several departments at the Museum of Fine Arts – MFA, Boston. Her specialty is in collections care, which encompasses all of the activities that are needed to keep museum collections safe, organized, and accessible.

In addition to her duties as Art Curator, she is also responsible for creating exhibits, both in the Library and through their partnership with the New Bedford Art Museum. Allie is very passionate about her work and loves being able to provide access to a museum-quality art collection for free. She is very happy to share her work with our patrons.

The Artists Index co-founder and host, Ron Fortier, talks to Allie Copeland about her background, passions, and mission. The Artists Index continues using Zoom to accommodate our guests’ schedules and to allow them to remain in the comfort of their homes, especially for those who no longer live in the South Coast of Massachusetts. Our home base and studio is at Spectrum Marketing Group in Howland Place in New Bedford

The whole concept of The Artists Index and our journey is still in the making and very organic. If you would like to be a guest or, have a suggestion, please let us know!


Allie Copeland
Art Curator
New Bedford Free Public Library
613 Pleasant St
New Bedford, MA 02740


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