CuRriculum Vitae



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.

 Exhibition History


  • Art-A-Whirl, The Thorp Building, Minneapolis, MN, May 2018

  • Sleep and Dream Research Conference Art Show, The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, November 2017

  • 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

 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



  • Elizabeth Richardson Studio Art Award, 2017

  • Studio Art Senior Experience Grant, Lawrence University, 2017

  • Dean’s List, Lawrence University 2015-2016

Digital Publication

  • Street Anatomy Ruiz, Vanessa (2016) Pseudo-Mysticism of Lexi Ames

  • This Isn’t Happiness Nidzgorski, Peter (2016) Anatomically Correct

  • The Demented Cocktail Singular, Laura (2016) Belleza Interior de Lexi Ames

  • Young Space Mothes, Kate (2015) Lexi Ames 




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