Alison Beste is an artist and educator based in Honolulu, HI. Alison received her MFA in Visual Art from Lesley University College of Art and Design (formerly known as Art Institute of Boston) and her BA in Art from the College of William and Mary.
Alison is a faculty member at Mid Pacific Institute where she teaches photography and design courses. During summer, Alison teaches for National Geographic Student Expeditions and has co-led photography expeditions in London (2015) and Australia (2016, 2017). Alison also enjoys sharing the power of image-making with adults and instructs photo-based community workshops for Pacific New Media and most recently Honolulu Museum of Art School. She has been a guest speaker for Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawai'i State Art Museum, Hawai'i Pacific University, University of Hawai'i, Schools of the Future Conference, Pacific New Media, Hawai'i Photographic Society, and Eyes of Hawai'i.
Alison’s photographs have exhibited and won awards in Hawai'i and on the mainland. Her body of work Oil Tanker Sunsets was featured at the prestigious Artists of Hawai‘i exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art in 2015. She has an ongoing interest in exploring the boundaries between the built and natural world within the landscape of Hawai‘i.