Alexis Schramel (she/her) is a queer experimental artist practicing across disciplines for exploration within social practice, collaboration, and installation. Alexis grew up rooted in rural farming communities of the Driftless Area along the Mississippi River. Influenced by her environment and living processes, she explores the whimsy and brutality of nature. She connects the bodily boundaries and bio-materials in her process through the thresholds of sensory perception, duration, and reflection. Most recently, Alexis is exploring the ceaseless movement of living processes, like fermentation, reverberating her interest in challenging systems such as colonialism. She approaches her practice through gift-giving systems of reciprocity which is interwoven into non-animalia kingdoms. Her studio/lab investigates duration, microorganisms, and systems of relations that emerge from entanglement.
Alexis is an adjunct professor for Art & Ecological Futures at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Alexis holds a BA in both psychology and studio art with high honors from Upper Iowa University. Alexis is a committee member, juror, and youth public art director at Art in the Park in Elkader, Iowa. In addition to directing public projects and workshops for local youth, she also organized Art for a Lifetime Projects for residents of long-term care facilities. In 2020, she presented this research at the Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting. Alongside colleagues, this research has most recently led to the authorship of “The Ritual of Therapeutic Artmaking in Long-Term Care” which was published in the International Journal of Lifelong Learning in Art Education Vol. 6, 2023.
She has exhibited her artwork regionally and internationally at galleries such as Waterloo Center for the Arts, Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, Tappan Collective in Leeds, England, and most recently Leica 6×7 Gallery in Warsaw, Poland. She has received multiple awards and scholarships most notably Ingleside Women in Fine Arts Scholarship and Baldwin Memorial Award in Art.
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