ABOUT the ARTIST

Artist Statement

        "It is my hope that I force my audience to exercise their imagination, that my works inspire conversation and that they evoke joy."  

Awards & Recognition

           Alexandra received a BA in Political Science and a BA in Slavic Languages and Literature from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2010.  After graduating she intended to move on to graduate school but detoured into painting.        

       Her works can be found in private and public collections throughout the United States. Since 2014 she has worked as a professional painter, muralist, and illustrator.

2019 Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne Award

'Outstanding Advocate'

Fort Wayne, IN

2018 Fort Wayne Magazine's Top 10 People of the Year & Magazine Cover

Fort Wayne, IN

2018 Celebrate Downtown Award for Art This Way

Fort Wayne, Indiana

2018 Covington Art Fair's Local Artist Award

Fort Wayne, Indiana

2017 Pearl Street Arts Festival

Commemorative Poster Artist

Boulder, Colorado

2017 Bishop Dwenger H.S. Alumni Hall of Fame 

Visual & Performing Arts/ Arts & Letters

2017 3rd Place Painting Water Based

Weehawken Creative Arts & 33nd Annual Ridgway Rendezvous Art Festival in Ridgway, Colorado

2016 2nd Place Painting Water Based

Weehawken Creative Arts & 32nd Annual Ridgway Rendezvous Art Festival in Ridgway, Colorado

2016 Fort Wayne Magazine's 'Made by Hand' & Magazine Cover 

Fort Wayne, IN

2015 2nd Place in Show

Art on the Riverfront hosted by Gallery Uptown in Grand Haven, Michigan

2015 People's Choice Award

Wunderkammer Company & Three Rivers Festival Spring Preview Show in Fort Wayne, Indiana

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       Hall's work reflects her playful personality, and her desire to bring positive energy into the world. Childhood illness allowed Hall hours to dream and draw. The experience forced her to grow up faster than her peers, and, in some ways, those lost years have greatly influenced her work. Art has been her catharsis and a means of expressing her love of life. Her large-scale acrylic paintings display a healthy mixture of whimsical and surrealistic tones. Both adults and children enjoy her storybook-like themes. Having experienced great difficulty, she makes a point of not taking herself too seriously ―or this life for granted. Hall encourages her audience to embrace their inner child and never forget to color outside of the lines!

She initially painted anthropomorphic caricatures of her customers at a riverside bar, but soon she was painting a wide variety of surrealistic and whimsical works.

Her late grandfather, Bud Smith, is pictured here in her first festival booth (October 2013).  At the time she only had drinking frogs. By the fall of 2014 she had branched out beyond the frog-lady image, painting everything from animals to people.  

    Hall is serious about community involvement, community investment, and advocating for the arts. She sat on the Fort Wayne Public Art Commission Steering Committee, and currently sits on the Downtown Public Realm Committee. She is also a member of the Fort Wayne Artist Guild. She is the developer and manager of Art This Way, a mural program that operates under the umbrella of the Fort Wayne Downtown Improvement District, FWDID. The program facilitates the installation of public art on private property in downtown Fort Wayne, IN. In 2018 Art This Way program brought four new murals to downtown. In 2019 two new projects were implemented. In 2020 the program brought nine murals and a sculpture to Downtown Fort Wayne. In 2020 she was hired to consult for Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership's Make It Your Own Mural Fest, a project which brought 11 murals to 11 counties in northeast Indiana. 

    Hall has won a number of honors and awards for her work as an artist and for advocating for the arts.  In 2015, and again in 2016, she was awarded top ribbons in water-based painting in Ridgeway, CO. In 2017 her work was chosen for Boulder, CO's Pearl Street Arts Festival commemorative poster. She was inducted into her high school, Bishop Dwenger, Alumni Hall of Fame for her contributions to the arts. In 2018 she was chosen as one of Fort Wayne magazine's 'Top 10 People of the Year'.  In 2019 she won Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne's 'Outstanding Advocate' Award.

     Alexandra's hobbies include distance running, reading non-fiction, building furniture, spending time with her dog, Clemens, and traveling.  

         For more on her story and her exhibitions,  click on the 'Media Coverage' tab, watch her PBS 'Arts In Focus' interview, check out her resume on LinkedIn or subscribe to her newsletter.  

Committees & Community Involvement

2016-Present

Organizer of Art This Way

Fort Wayne, IN

2017 - Present

Art This Way Art Crawl Committee Chair

Fort Wayne, IN

2016 - 2018

Wunderkammer Education Committee Chair

Fort Wayne, IN

2019 - Present

Downtown Economic Improvement District (FWDID) Public Realm Committee

Fort Wayne, IN

2019 - Present

Music + Mixology Committee Chair

2014 - Present

Fort Wayne Artists Guild Website & Social Media Chair

Fort Wayne, IN

2018 - Present

Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne Award Committee

Fort Wayne, IN

2019 - Present

Fort Wayne Public Art Commission Consultant

Fort Wayne, IN

2018 - 2019

Fort Wayne Public Art Commission Steering Committee

Fort Wayne, IN

2017 - Present

Broadway Street Stroll Committee

Fort Wayne, IN

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