Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1973, Alexandra Ackerman grew up drawing, cutting, and sewing things from a very young age. She first learned to paint in the wet-on-wet watercolor style at the Waldorf School at age eight, and has continued her exploration until the present, maintaining a childlike freedom in her work. Alexandra earned a degree in painting and printmaking at Massachusetts College of Art, where she explored a variety of mediums, often incorporating fabric and found objects into her work. She was part of the Minneapolis art and music community for nearly a decade before moving to northern Wisconsin to start a family. Alexandra has participated in numerous group and solo shows across the US. She has work in public and private collections, and teaches watercolor workshops locally. She currently lives in Iowa City with her husband and two children.
EXHIBITIONS: *denotes solo or two person show
2019. Places Seen and Unseen, Morrissey Gallery, Galvin Fine Arts Center at St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA. *
Outside-In, Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, IA. *
2018. Women's Art Exhibit, Iowa State Capitol, Governor's formal office, Des Moines, IA.
2017. Community of Artists, Biennial Exhibit, Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, IA.
New Works, Times Club Gallery @ Prairie Lights Bookstore, Iowa City, IA. *
2016. University of Iowa Hospital- Project Art, temporary exhibits , Iowa City, IA. *
2015. Botanica, juried group show at Bedford Gallery, Oakland, CA.
Motley Cow Cafe, Iowa City, IA. *
2014. Small Works, juried exhibition at Chait Galleries, Iowa City, IA.
Solo Show at Urbanity Gallery, Iowa City, IA.
2012. and 2013 Small Works Show at Chait Galleries, Iowa City, IA.
2011. Celebration of Spring, Cass Street Gallery, La Crosse, WI. *
2010. New work, Jacki O’s Gallery, Galesville, WI. *
2008. Summer, group show, Superior Artists Gallery, Washburn, WI.
2007. Seasons, Superior Artists Gallery, Washburn, WI.
2006. New work, Good Thyme Cafe, Washburn, WI.
2004. Salt of the Stars, Creative Electric Gallery, Minneapolis, MN. *
2003. Animal Farm, Creative Electric Gallery, Minneapolis, MN.
2002. Powderhorn Art Fair, Minneapolis, MN.
Juried group exhibition, Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, MN.
Fine Arts Show, Minneapolis Art Association, Minneapolis, MN.
Art-A-Whirl, Group show, Minneapolis, MN.
2000. Women Create, Group show, Minneapolis, MN.
Bedtime Stories and Morning Glories, Babylon Art and Cultural Center, with Jeremy Ackerman. Minneapolis, MN. *
1997. Senior Show, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA. 1996. Draw! Massachusetts College of Art, Boson, MA.
1995. Solo Show, Concord Public Library, Concord, MA. *
Massachusetts College of Art, BFA in painting and printmaking, 1997
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, fall semester, 1992
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, summer program, 1991
Art Purchase Prize, Iowa City Public Library, 2018
Art in State Buildings, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics permanent collection, 2017
Featured artist in IA Magazine, 2014
Art Purchase Prize, Iowa City Public Library, 2014