Alexis Granwell (born New York, NY) is a Philadelphia-based artist. In her sculptures and works on paper, she investigates the potential of pulp to record touch and create intimacy, exploring the psychological and bodily characteristics of our built and natural environments.
Granwell is a recipient of The Independence Foundation Fine Arts Fellowship Grant for 2015. Through this grant, she attended a residency at Dieu Donné in New York, NY a premier experimental lab dedicated to the intersection of paper pulp and contemporary art making. She has also been awarded residencies at the I-Park Foundation, East Hadaam, CT; AS220, Providence, RI; Ragdale Artist Residency, Lake Forest, IL; and Jentel Artist Residency, Banner, WY.
Granwell has been exhibiting in the US and abroad for the last 15 years. Select exhibitions include Fleisher/ Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Underdonk, New York, NY; BravinLee, New York, NY; Field Projects, New York, NY; Ortega y Gasset, New York, NY; SSD (a collaboration between Sargent’s Daughter Gallery and Shrine Gallery), New York, NY; Tiger Strikes Asteroid LA, Los Angeles, CA; Elephant, Los Angeles, CA, Bryan Miller Gallery, Houston, TX; Mono Practice, Baltimore, MD; Hemphill Gallery, Washington DC; University of Richmond Art Museum, Richmond, VA; Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA; Towson University, Baltimore, MD; Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Tiger Strikes Asteroid PHL, Philadelphia, PA; Fjord Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA; and Europos Parkas Museum, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Her work has been reviewed in Hyperallergic, Sculpture Magazine, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, Two Coats of Paint, The American Scholar Magazine, Title Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Art F City.
Granwell is a Professor of Sculpture, Drawing, and Graduate Studies. She currently teaches at The University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. From 2014-2019, she was co-director of Tiger Strikes Asteroid Philadelphia; she has been a member since its founding in 2009.
Granwell earned her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. She received her BFA (Magna cum laude) in Painting with a minor in Art History from Boston University in 2003.