Alexis Granwell received her MFA from The University of Pennsylvania and her BFA from Boston University. In addition to serving as a critic and studio instructor in PAFA's Low-Residency MFA Program and Currents: Summer Residency at PAFA Program, Granwell also teaches undergraduate sculpture classes and a seminar class to first-year BFA students. Granwell is a co-director and one of the founding members of Tiger Strikes Asteroid, an artist collective, in Philadelphia.
Granwell's recent work depicts time's movment as ruination, artifact, or geological process. She examines the psychological and bodily characteristics of our built and natural environments, exploring relationships within collections of forms.
Her sculptures map the distinction between the organic and the inorganic and the different processes they undergo. Rejecting the notion of ruin as nostalgia, she references architecture and natural forms to diagram incompleteness or fractured time. This suggests the unearthing of the past and the imperfect state of memory, but also openness to the future.
Granwell has been exhibiting in the US and abroad for the last 15 years, including a solo exhibition at Europos Parkas Museum, Vilnius, Lithuania; and a group exhibition at The Print Studio in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She has exhibited many solo exhibitions across the country, including at Fleisher/ Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA; Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia, PA; Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT; Towson University, Baltimore, MD; Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington, VA; and Bryan Miller Gallery, Houston, TX. Other group exhibitions include Ortega y Gasset Projects, New York, NY; Field Projects, New NY; Munson Williams Proctor Art Museum, Utica, NY; Select Art Fair, New York, NY, IPCNY, NY; Artist-Run, Miami, FL, Guest Spot at THE REINSTITUTE, Baltimore, MD; Momenta Art, New York, NY; Trestle Art Gallery, New York, NY; Elephant, Los Angeles, CA; Hemphill Gallery, Washington DC; University of Richmond Art Museum, Richmond, VA; Fjord Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA; SOIL, Seattle, WA; and CTRL Gallery, Houston, TX.
Granwell is a recipient of The Independence Foundation Fine Arts Fellowship Grant for 2015. Through this grant, she attended a residency at the prestigious papermill Dieu Donne in New York, NY. She has also been awarded residencies at the I-Park Foundation, East Hadaam, CT; AS220, Providence, RI; Printmakers Open Forum, Oxford, PA; Ragdale Artist Residency, Lake Forest, IL; and Jentel Artist Residency, Banner, WY.
Her work has been reviewed in Sculpture Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, Two Coats of Paint, Title Magazine, Art F City, The Art Blog, and New American Paintings.