CuRriculum Vitae

Education

 

Lawrence University, Class of 2017

Double Major in Biology and Studio Art

 

  • GPA 3.1
  • Art Studio Experience: Printmaking, Drawing, Sculpting the Human Form
  • Lab Experience: Experimental Analysis, Human Anatomy, General Chemistry, Microbiology
  • Field Work: Methods of Studying Primates, Lemurs of Madagascar, Ecosystems of Madagascar, Art and Biodiversity Conservation
  • Honors: Dean’s List, 2015-2016
  • Grants: Studio Art Senior Experience Grant from Lawrence University

Independent Studies

  • Madagascar Capstone: An Artistic Strategy to Saving the Zoopharmacognosy and Ethnobotany of Ranomafana National Park Area; a study of self-medication in nonhuman primates of the park.
  • Medical Illustration: Exquisite Corpse; History, contemporary, and future impacts of the art of medicine and surgery, explored through my own art practices, with particular interest in Victorian and Renaissance-era anatomy.
  • Specimen Curation: Preparing and collecting bird specimen pelts to add to the Lawrence Ornithology Collection, as well as digitizing, re-cataloguing, cleaning, and drawing the University’s antique bird collection. My work culminated in a 4 week exhibition of specimens, art, and artifacts illustrating the role of specimen collection in science titled A Fine Specimen.

 

Study Abroad Experience

  • SUNY Madagascar, Fall 2015: An 11 week program focusing on the island’s unique environment, people, and biodiversity. My experience revolved around independent research of zoopharmacognasy (self-medication by animals other than humans) practiced by lemurs in Ranomafana Nat’l Park, culminating in a paper and acrylic illustrations of the park’s traditional botanical medicines.

 

Work History

 

Mobile Art Gallery Activator

 ArtReach St. Croix| Stillwater, MN | August 2017-current

  • Engage visitors to enter and explore the mobile gallery space, as well as inform them of other local art events and fairs taking place during the season
  • Sell art and merchandise at the Fresh Art Roadside Stand

 

Art Assistant

The Story Laboratory, LLC | Saint Paul, MN | June 2015-current

A science communications consultancy specializing in science writing to solve problems across print, mobile and Web media and tell motivating stories of human inquiry

  • IllustratorMira’s Big Day of Wonder, a children’s book written for 3 age levels with a focus on discovering the natural world
  • Event Planner- organize, plan and coordinate community children’s learning event; make props, design activities, coordinate live animal “guest appearance”

 

Freelance Artist

  • White Bear Lake, MN | 2013-current
  • Undertake roughly 30 personal and professional works per year
  • Exhibitor and volunteer at The Rabbit Pop-Up Gallery, 2015-2017
  • Design and execution of 5 solo art shows and 3 group shows to date
  • Solo Art Shows: Management, design, and production of 5 solo shows, in gallery space provided by St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 2009-2014
  • Textbook Medical Illustration: Illustrations for Mind-Body Awareness for Singers: Unleashing Optimal Performance, 2014
  • Beggar’s Opera: Makeup, hair and wig crew member for Lawrence University’s production, which won first prize at the National Opera Association-Best Opera Production, Division 6, 2016
  • Lawrence Magazine: Bespoke cover and internal art surrounding a theme of “Growth Mindset,” Winter Edition, 2017
  • The Larynx Medical Illustration for Mahtomedi Middle School Choir, 2017

 

Art Councilor

University Club, Saint Paul, MN | Summer 2017

  • Acted as substitute and Created and directed botanical and animal drawing classes for Camp U-Club, ages 11-14

 

Wriston Art Gallery Monitor

Lawrence University | Winter 2016-Fall 2017    

  • Directed visitors and maintained safety after-hours

 

Leadership Positions

 

President of National Art Honor Society

 Mahtomedi High School Chapter | 2010-2013

  • Brought student artwork and local art shows to the attention high school peers
  • Organized trips to artist studios

 

President of Wriston Art Collective

Lawrence University | 2014-2016

  • Creating a space at Lawrence University for artists of all academic backgrounds to experience weekly figure drawing or still-life drawing, regardless of degree program

 

Applicable Skills

 

  • Drawing in graphite, charcoal, ink
  • Printmaking techniques including woodcut, linocut, intaglio, engraving, etching
  • Painting in acrylic and watercolor
  • Mural painting
  • Ceramic sculpture and pottery
  • Foiling with gold leaf
  • Miniature and diorama construction
  • Fabrication of useful objects from unusual stuffs; including lamps and tables
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Lightroom 5

 

Shows

 

  • Senior Show Lawrence University, Appleton WI, May 2017
  • More Than Coincidence/Combinations in Clay, South Texas College, Art Building B Gallery, McAllen, TX, May 2017
  • A Fine Specimen, The Mudd Gallery, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI March/April 2017
  • Pizza Planet III, Pop-up Gallery, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI 2015
  • This is It: Junior Studio Art Practicum Show, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI May 2016
  • The Rabbit Pop-Up Gallery, Appleton, WI, 2016
  • Lumen, The Rabbit Pop-Up Gallery, Appleton, WI, 2015
  • Pizza Planet I, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI    2015
  • Untitled Solo Show St Andrews Church, Mahtomedi, MN 2013
  • The Best 100 Argyle Zebra Gallery, Minneapolis, MN 2013
  • Untitled Solo Show St Andrews Church, Mahtomedi, MN 2012
  • The Best 100 Argyle Zebra Gallery, Minneapolis, MN 2012
  • Untitled Solo Show St Andrews Church, Mahtomedi, MN 2011
  • The Best 100 Argyle Zebra Gallery, Minneapolis, MN 2011
  • Untitled Solo Show St Andrews Church, Mahtomedi, MN 2010

 

Awards

 

  • Elizabeth Richardson Studio Art Award, 2017
  • Studio Art Senior Experience Grant, Lawrence University, 2017
  • Dean’s List, Lawrence University 2015-2016

Press

 

  • The Pipetteer, 2016

 http://www.thepipetteer.com/enchanting-science-inspired-drawings-by-lexi-ames/

 

  • Street Anatomy, 2016

  http://streetanatomy.com/2016/05/17/pseudo-mysticism-of-lexi-ames/

 

 

  • The Demented Cocktail, 2016

 http://cocteldemente.com/belleza-interior-lexi-ames/

 

  • Young Space, 2015

http://www.young-space.com/blog/2015/03/lexi-ames?rq=lexi%20ames

 

 

All artwork is a copyright of Alexis B. Ames and may not be used without express permission of the artist.