Alana Rios was born in Providence, RI and recieved a BA from Bennington College in Vermont where she studied photography and printmaking. In 2008 she moved to Oakland, CA where she sought out the darkest skies in the California wilderness to create images that document how we move through time and space.


Currently she is pursuing her MFA in Photography at San José State University where her long exposure photographs describe a symbiosis between the construction of gender and the landscape. She has two ongoing night photography series. Leave No Trace improvises fantastical discovery in uninhabited lands. Long Introductions are photographs taken at night in backyards around the Bay Area. These yards offer evidence of domestication of the landscape and the night is a metaphor for women’s hidden contributions to the land.



MFA (pending), San José State University, San José, California


BA Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont

Solo Exhibitions 


Long Introductions, Belcher Gallery, San José State University, California



Domestic Ground, Gallery 3, San José State University, California

Such Things, White Electric, Providence, RI

Group Exhibitions


Cluster-Fun, Belcher Gallery, San José State University, CA


Taking Temperature, Embark Gallery, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

Joshua Tree National Park Council for the Arts Juried Art Exhibition, 29 Palms Art Gallery, Twentynine Palms, CA

Three Corners and Twenty-Three Cracks, Black Gallery, San José State University, CA

Countering Productivity, Gallery 5, San José State University, CA


BFA Show, USDAN Gallery, Bennington College, Bennington, VT



Root Division (San Francisco, CA), MFA Now



REACH Magazine, San José State University, CA

Silo Magazine, Bennington College, VT

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