Alexis Elton is an artist who uses site-as-material to form connections between handwork and the shared experience. Her work is situated where art and agrarian systems meet with aims to create ephemeral sensory encounters. As a farmer and adobe builder, her artwork is informed by the field; likewise, fieldwork is Alexis’ creative practice.

 

From 2008-2015, Alexis co-operated Jubilee Farm in Chimayo, a rural village in Northern New Mexico. There she maintained a studio in the oldest Plaza in the U.S., a historic building made from adobe bricks. Committed to exploring place, her work takes the form of land reclamation, native seed-saving initiatives, farm and art education programs, and food production. Merging the everyday tasks of land-base living with a studio art sensibility, she creates opportunities to experience the natural world through physical labor, through slowness, and through the senses.

Alexis earned a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has shown her work internationally and nationally including Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India; 5 x 5, Washington, DC; and Kingston Sculpture Biennale, Kingston, NY. She has received awards from Joan Mitchell Foundation, Santa Fe Art Institute, and NYFA amongst others. Alexis grew up in the Hudson Valley, NY where she now lives.

EDUCATION

2003    The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, BFA  in sculpture

2001     Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Utica, NY, Associate’s Degree in Fine Art

EXHIBITIONS

2019     Composed to Decomposed, Unison Art Center, New Paltz, NY

2019.    Deep Time Lab, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

2018     What’s Next, Unison Art Center, New Paltz, NY

2018     Art Index, Newark, NJ

2017     Fresh Air, Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock, NY

2014     Rooting India: The Knowledge Project, Kochi-Muziris Biennial, Yousuf Art Gallery, Kochi, India

2014     Collaborator, 5 X 5 Nonuments, Washington, DC

2012     Cut, Museum of Imagination, Hudson, NY

2008    Habitat for Artists, Beacon, NY

2008    Drawing Revealed, Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY

2007    My Space, A Place for Friends, Phillips de Purry, & Co., New York, NY

2006    Waves of Light, The Pocketbook Factory, Hudson, NY

2006    BAU 21, Beacon, NY

2006    The Curated Office, DBB & Associates, Wappingers Falls, NY

2005    Foresite-explorations of site/non-site, Vanbrunt Gallery, Beacon, NY

2005    Kingston Biennial, Kingston, NY

2005    Tales from a Dark Alley, Third Rail Studio, New Rochelle, NY

2005    Via: Beacon, Dye Works Gallery, Garnerville, NY

2005    The Usual Suspects, Spire Studios, Beacon, NY

2005    Flock, Spire Studios, Beacon NY

2004    Land Grant, Collaborative Concepts Gallery, Beacon, NY

2003    The School of the Art Institute of Chicago BFA exhibition, Chicago, IL

2002    Group Show, Base Space, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

RESIDENCIES

2018     Ucross Foundation, Ucross, WI

2016     Byrdcliffe, Woodstock, NY

2016     Catwalk/Catslair Institute, Catskill NY

2015     Burnside Farm, Detroit, MI

2014     Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM

2013     Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2004 - 2005   Collaborative Concepts, Beacon, NY

 

AWARDS & HONORS

2014     Scholarship, Joan Mitchell Foundation & Santa Fe Art Institute, NM

2013     Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2006    Commencement Speech, Pratt at Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Utica, NY

2004    Special Opportunity Stipend, New York Foundation For the Arts, NY

2002    Connecting Communities Leadership Award, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL

2001     Merit Scholarship Award, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL

2001     Tim McDermid Honors Sculpture Award, Munson Williams Proctor Institute School of Art, Utica, NY

2000 - 2001   Museum of Munson Williams Proctor Institute Scholarship, Utica, NY

TEACHING & OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2019    Teaching Artist Residency, Arts Horizons, East Fordham Academy for the Arts Middle School, Bronx, NY

2019    Artist on Olana, Hudson, NY

2019    College Art Association Conference panel and performance, Land Art Reconsidered, New York, NY

2018    Visiting Artist, Santa Clara Day School, Española, NM

2018    Visiting Artist, Sheridan Girls School, Sheridan, WY

2016    Visiting Artist, Bennington College, Bennington, VT

2016    Visiting Artist, Teacher Mill Street Loft Dutchess Arts Camp, River Arts, Beacon, NY

2015    Woman & Creativity Presenter for Food As Art issue of Edible Santa Fe, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM

2014    SFAI 140 presenter

2009 - 2015   Co-operator and manager of Jubilee Farm, Chimayo & Las Trampas, NM

2008 - 2013   SITE- Sante Fe Preparator, Santa, Fe,NM

2009 - 2015   Farm and Art programs, Santa Fe Waldorf annual farm trip at Gemini Farm & Jubilee Farm, NM

2014    Seed Saving & Visual Art workshops (Kindergarten - grade 8), La Tierra Montessori School at Moving Arts, Espanola, NM

2014    Squash Painting in the Field workshops (grades 3 - 4), Santa Fe Waldorf School, NM

2013    Set design and sculpture teacher, Mill Street Loft Dutchess Arts Camp, River Arts, Beacon, NY

2004   Set design and construction, Arsenic & Old Lace, Byram Hills High School, Armonk, NY

2003   Teacher’s assistant to advanced foundry class, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL

1999    Counselor, teacher and teacher’s assistant, The Studio School, New York, NY

1998    Internship, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

 

COLLECTIONS

Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY

Private collections 

 

PUBLICATIONS

2018    Chronogram

2016    Edible, Santa Fe, NM

2015    Seed Broadcast, Santa Fe, NM

2015    Edible, Santa Fe, NM

2014    Alibi, Albuquerque, NM

2014    Pyragraph, Albuquerque, NM

2013    Albuquerque Journal, NM

2013    New York Magazine, NY

2012    Trend, Santa Fe, NM

2005   Kingston Sculpture Biennial Catalogue, Rivertown, NY