Alana Hernandez is Executive Director and Curator of CALA Alliance (Celebración Artística de las Américas). In her position, she fosters Latinx artistic talent in the Metro-Phoenix region and beyond while strengthening cultural ties to the Americas. As a curator, Hernandez advocates for representation in institutional spaces. She has cultivated her curatorial practice on highlighting peripheral, understudied, and ignored art histories, with particular attention paid to U.S. Latinx and artists from Latin America. Hernandez has held curatorial positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Páramo, Guadalajara, Mexico; Hunter East Harlem, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Phoenix Art Museum; and BRIC ArtsMedia, Brooklyn.
Her writing has appeared in MCASD.Digital (2021), HereIn Journal (2020), the exhibition catalogues John Rivas: Los Voces Inside of Me (2020), Atlpan: Claudia Peña Salinas (2019), and Traveler Artists: Landscapes of Latin America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection (2015). She is the organizer and contributor to the forthcoming Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego: Handbook of the Collection (2021) and the three-print volume, Grove Encyclopedia of Latin American Art and Architecture. Hernandez received her M.A. from CUNY Hunter College where she specialized in Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art.