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Alexis Arnold

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Los Angeles, CA

Lives in
San Francisco

Works in
San Francisco, Bay Area


Kenyon College, 2005, BA
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), 2010, MFA

sculpture, conceptual, modern, installation, mixed-media


Alexis Arnold is a San Francisco-based artist whose work explores the visual display of time, memory, and natural history through an evolving investigation of familiar materials, objects, and processes. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including at The Apsen Art Museum, Bergdorf Goodman, Southern Exposure,  and The Workshop Residence.  Alexis’ work is included in collections in the libraries of SFMOMA, the University of Pittsburgh, and Virginia Commonwealth University, and has received review in Art Practical, Laughing Squid, Colossal, BuzzFeed, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal,, Redefine Magazine,, Beautiful/Decay, The SF Examiner, SF Gate, and KQED’s Gallery Crawl Series. Alexis is a recipient of a 2014 Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant. 



2010 MFA, Sculpture, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2008 Post-Baccalaureate in Fine Arts, Sculpture, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2007 International Art Workshop, Metafora Centre d'Estudis de Arte i Arterapia, Barcelona, Spain

2005 BA, Studio Art, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH, Graduated with Distinction



TBD(Book Art Exhibition), Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA - upcoming

TBD (solo show), En Em Art Space, Sacramento, CA - upcoming

TBD (Book Art Exhibition), New Hope Arts Center, New Hope, PA - upcoming

Library Thoughts 5, MAMU Gallery and Jokai Klub, Budapest, Hungary - upcoming

Crystal Beings, Esther Klein Gallery, University City Science Center, Philadelphia, PA

Society of Submerged Culture, StoreFrontLab, San Francisco, CA


Alexis Arnold Crystallized Books, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CA - ongoing

More Than One Way, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

Science, Technology, and the Future of Art, Pacific Art League,

Paint it Black, Studio 110 Projects, Sausalito, CA, 

Grey Area East, East Hampton, NY

Scrap Art: Creative Reuse in the Bayview, San Francisco, CA

Sight Unseen OFFSITE, New York, NY

Kitsch-in, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

The Cradle Project, Alter Space, San Francisco, CA

Left Coast Annual Juried Exhibition, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA

Architectural Digest Home Design Show, New York, NY

Art Matters!, Grey Area at Bergdorf Goodman, New York, NY

Wabi Sabi, curated by MicroClimate Collective, Alter Space, San Francisco, CA

The Temporary Show, Whitdel Arts, Detroit, MI

Undercover Stories, ArtEAST UP FRONT Gallery, Issaquah, WA

Bazaar, Grey Area, Brooklyn, NY


SFAI Juried Alumni Exhibition, San Francisco, CA

Mental Notes, Glass Door Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Superstitions, San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, CA

Post Natural, Isis Gallery, University of Notre Dame, IN

The Book as Art, The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, GA

Axis Gallery 8th National Juried Exhibition, Sacramento, CA

Animal Show, Pterodactyl Creative Project Space, Philadelphia, PA

Radius, Gund Gallery, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH

ArtSpan Benefit Art Auction, SOMArts, San Francisco, CA

Colpa, Will Brown, San Francisco, CA


Infinite Possibilities, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR

X Libris, Root Division, San Francisco

Vital Signs, The New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY

Delirious Language, Salon DeHon, San Francisco, CA 

Visions of Yore, Gallery Hijinks, San Francisco, CA

What’s Left Behind, Alter Space, San Francisco, CA

Matter, Brooklyn Artists Space, Brooklyn, NY

Minutia Militia, Field Projects, Manhattan, NY

Edicola Newsstand, San Francisco, CA 

Through That Which is Seen, Root Division, San Francisco, CA (co-curator with Lauren Hartman)


Geologues, Salon DeHon, San Francisco (solo show)

Proof, Southern Exposure, San Francisco

The Crystal Bike Blanket, Art In Storefronts through the San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA

Taste, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

ProArts Box Benefit Auction, Oakland, CA

We Want the World to Know Who We Are, fundraiser, Nieto Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

Manufactured Organic, Root Division, San Francisco


The Gaming Commission, Adobe Books Parlor, San Francisco, CA 

SPARE + AUSTERE, City Hall, San Francisco, CA

Vernissage, MFA Group Show, Herbst Pavillion, Fort Mason, San Francisco

Cast, The Crucible, Oakland, CA

Proliferations, OFFspace, San Francisco, CA

Domestic-Garde, ap-art-ment, San Francisco, CA

Awards and Residencies


Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant

Residency, The Workshop Residence, San Francisco, CA, 1 month

Public Collections

Research Library, Special Collections, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA

University of Pittsburgh Library, Pittsburgh, PA

Virginia Commonwealth University, Book Art Collection, Richmond, VA




Dan Piepenbring, The Paris Review Blog, “The Suffering of Books,” February 25, 2015

Xeni Jardin, boingboing, “Crystallized Books,” February 25, 2015

Nina Azzarello, designboom, “alexis arnold grows crystallized books using discarded literature,” February 24, 2015

Rebecca Escamilla, Laughing Squid, “A Series of Beautifully Crystallized Books,” February 24, 2015

Johnny Strategy, Colossal, “Books, Magazines and Computer Manuals Turned Into Crystallized Sculptures by Alexis Arnold,” February 24, 2015

GenistaBeautiful/Decay, “Alexis Arnold Glorifies The Decay Of Paperbacks By Crystallizing Books,” February 24, 2015

Becky, Chung, The Creator’s Project, “Artist Turns Old Books into Crystallized Sculptures,” February 20, 2015

Lincoln Michel, Electric Literature, “Artist Turns Books Into Crystallized Fossils,” February 19, 2015


A. Kameshwari, One World News, “Embellishing the Extinct: Alexis Arnold,” August 12, 2014

Art Matters! Two Artists to Know, Bergdorf Goodman Blog, February 2014

Elena Loannidou, The Opsis Magazine, “Interview with Alexis Arnold,” Feb. 4, 2014



Richard Ashmore, The Daily Mail, “The books you will want to treasure!,” August 17, 2013 

Sammy Medina, Fast Company, “An Artist Turns Book Into Stunning Crystallized Sculptures,” August 7, 2013

Aaron Calvin, BuzzFeed, “Artist Turns Discarded Books Into Beautiful Works Of Art By Crystallizing Them,” July 24, 2013

Ana Lisa Alperovich, Inhabitat, “Alexis Arnold Turns Classic Books Into Crystalline Geologic Sculptures,” February, 2, 2013, “Crystallized Books,” January, 7, 2013 


Lauren Smith, “Alexis Arnold,” 2OpCollec(tive), September 20, 2012

Vivian Hua, “Alexis Arnold: Crystallizing the Present,” Redefine Magazine, July 18, 2012 

Jessica Czech, “Crystals growing from the pages of books,” July 11, 2012

Alice Sant’Anna, “Escultor faz ode ao livro impresso na série ‘Livro cristalizado,’” O Globo, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, May 22, 2012

Jeremiah Barber, “Dig Up the Diorama! Art of the Miniature at Root Division,” KQED Arts, June 16, 2012 

SF Art Enthusiast, “Through That Which Is Seen at Root Division,” May 14, 2012 

Diandra Mintz, Beautful/Decay, “Alexis Arnold’s Crystallized Literature”

ArtSlant, Showcase Watchlist, May 2012 


Shannon Jackson, “Social Materials: Storefront Art in Central Market,” Art Practical, August, 1, 2011 

Cathy Bowman, “Storefront Art Spiffs Up Market Street” The SF Examiner, May 11, 2011 

Geoffrey Fowler, “San Francisco Takes Art to the Streets: Painters and Sculptors Transform Neglected Storefronts in Central Market” The Wall Street Journal Online, May 5, 2011 


KQED Gallery Crawl “Vernissage: 2010 San Francisco Art Institute MFA Thesis Exhibition” interview

JD Beltran, City Brights Blog, SF Gate, May 21st 

Recent Exhibits

Alexis Arnold participated in these exhibits:

Apr, 2016 2nd Saturday Series: The Alchemist
Root Division
Dec, 2015 LAAA 2015 Open Show
Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825
Sep, 2015 Fire and Water
art works downtown
May, 2015 light/weight
EN EM Art Space
Apr, 2015 words: a text-centric exhibition
Catharine Clark Gallery
Nov, 2014 Science, Technology and the Future of Art
The Pacific Art League of Palo Alto
Click here to see all exhibits for Alexis Arnold

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