I'm Alexis, but I usually go by Lexie, and my pronouns are she/her. Artist, graphic designer, and illustrator encompass the multiple facets of my creativity.
Together, these interests and skills represent the education and experiences I have pursued and acquired in order to forge a career that supports every aspect of the art-making process. I am dedicated to networking with artists, fostering opportunities for art education, and cultivating community engagement with arts and culture.
This strong stance stems from the opportunities I was granted growing up in Northeast South Dakota and their ongoing influence on my life. The participation in and facilitation of community art programs throughout my life has instilled a strong tie to place. How can my immediate community further support local arts and also engage in larger, global art conversations is the main question behind my approach and mindset.
I am currently a graduate student at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. I am pursuing an MFA in Graphic Design, with painting as a secondary emphasis. I am a Teaching Assistant at the University of Iowa, teaching the Elements of Design course.
I earned a M.A. in Critical & Curatorial Studies at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky with the completion of a masters thesis titled: Exploring Place As a Producer of Localized Art Styles and Its Role in a Contemporary Global Art World. My ongoing interest in how the social, economic and physical structures of a place influence the art-making process and produce local art styles served as the catalyst for my thesis research (bring up this topic at your own risk, I can talk about it for hours!).
At Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, I earned a Bachelors of Art, In Honoribus, double majored in Graphic Design and Public Relations. In addition, I earned an Arts Administration Certificate and a Public History Certificate.
Thank you for perusing my work! If you have any questions or comments, please contact me using the form on my "Contact" page. I look forward to hearing from you!
Ending with a fun fact: my last name is pronounced 'door.'
February 2023 | Press Release: NSU Students Collaborate with Local Organization to Gain Real-World Experience | Northern State University | Graphic Design III experiential learning collaboration with Marketing students
May 4, 2021 | 9th Biennial Artists Cocktail Hour Chat | hosted by the South Dakota Art Museum | sharing artistic process with local artists
May 3, 2021 | Window Artistry | article in American News
August 25, 2020 | Feature on Dakota News Now | News segment on the NSU Galleries and Dacotah Prairie Museum collaboration.