Artist Statement

The blurry, the dark, shadowed places hidden and dwelling amongst the certainty steal 

my attention.  Such places can communicate a vast sense of both time and setting, can convey that which is both occurring and that which is past.  I do not think those spaces can be explicitly defined.  They are reflections and explorations of the figures’ minds, providing a place for both their physical bodies and their thoughts to live.   

My paintings communicate a space that requires engagement and 

that is not readily understood.   The painted area changes as it invites and rejects visual entry.  These ambiguous spaces begin when understood edges become unclear, when objects merge into another, and when uncertainty becomes apparent.  They overlap, supersede, and fragment into one another and become disjointed.  Within this tension, the significance and vastness of tangled space envelops the figures, more grandly connecting place and form.  The two push and pull against each other as the space threatens to overwhelm the presence of the figure.  In this contested environment emerges the figure as a distinct dialogue from which the space stems.

--Brooke P. Alexander

Curriculum Vitae

Brooke Alexander

256.998.2802 

brookepalexander@gmail.com

 

Education

 

2018                        MFA, Painting, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS

 

2015                        BA Studio Arts, minor in English, summa cum laude, Athens State University, Athens, AL

 

Experience

 

The University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS

 

            Visiting Assistant Professor, Spring 2020

                        Beginning Painting

                        Drawing 1

            Visiting Assistant Professor, Fall 2019

                        Drawing 1 -- Two sections

                        2D Design

                        Color Theory

            Visiting Assistant Professor, Spring 2019

                        Drawing 1

                        Color Theory

                        Art Education

 

            Visiting Assistant Professor, Fall 2018

                        Beginning Painting

                        Drawing 1

                        2-D Design           

 

            Instructor of Record, Spring 2018

                        Beginning Painting

 

            Graduate Teaching Assistant, Fall 2017

                        Intermediate Painting

 

            Graduate Teaching Assistant, Spring 2017

                        Beginning Painting

 

            Instructor of Record, Fall, 2016

                        2-D Design

 

            Graduate Teaching Assistant, Fall 2016

                        Intermediate Painting

 

            Graduate Teaching Assistant, Spring 2016

                        Beginning Painting

           

            Graduate Teaching Assistant, Fall 2015

                        Beginning Painting

 

 

2018-19            Project Manager, Walton-Young House Art Installation, The University of Mississippi Museum, Oxford, MS

 

2018                 Art Camp Teacher, Greenville Arts Council

 

2014 – 15         Library Work Study, Athens State University, Athens, AL

 

2014                 Stage painting, Macbeth, Athenian Players, Athens State University, Athens, AL

 

 

Gallery Experience

 

Gallery Curator for the John D. Williams Library, 2019

Graduate Coordinator, Fall 2016 – Spring 2017, Gallery 130, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS

 

 

Exhibitions

2020            Group Bird Show, Southside Gallery, Oxford, MS, Invitation by gallery

2019            My Studio, Zeuxis, Alabama Center for the Arts, Decatur, AL, Invitation by Zeuxis

                    6 ˚, Southside Gallery, Oxford MS, group show

                    Fresh Paint: Painting the Mississippi Landscape, Southside Gallery, Oxford, MS

                    Group Floral Show, Southside Gallery, Oxford, MS, Invitation by gallery

                    Always Already There, Sally McDonald Barksdale Honors College, The University of Mississippi, solo show

 

2018            Drasticalities, Riverside Counseling & Consulting, Decatur, AL, solo show

                    Chancellor’s Skybox Invitation¸Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS, Invitation by Jeffrey Scott Vitter

 

                    Graduate Survey, Gallery 130, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, group show

                       

                    Sillage; MFA Thesis Exhibition, Gallery 130, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, solo show

                    Fresh Paint: Painting the Mississippi Landscape, Southside Gallery, Oxford, MS

                       

                    Student Exhibition, J. D. Williams Library, Oxford, MS, Invitation by Dr. Kris Belden-Adams and Josh Brinlee

 

                    Faculty and Student Exhibition, Carrier House, Oxford, MS< Invitation by Ginny Chavis

 

                    Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition, The University of Mississippi Museum, Oxford, MS, Juried Exhibition, Juror: Dan Brawner, Chair,                      Graphic Design, Watkins College of Art, Design, & Film (Nashville, TN)

 

                    Embracing Art XVI: A Coming Together of Area Amateur & Professional Artists, Carnegie Visual Arts Center, Decatur, AL, Juried 

                    Exhibition, Juror:

                       

                    4th Juried Faculty & Alumni Exhibition, Alabama Center for the Arts, Decatur, AL, Juried Exhibition, Juror: John Oles

2017            Art of Being Southern: Fourteen by Fourteen, The Johnson Center for the Arts, Troy, AL,  Juried Exhibition, Juror: Richard Mills

                    Summer Group Show, Southside Gallery, Oxford, MS

 

                    Fresh Paint: Painting the Mississippi Landscape, Southside Gallery, Oxford, MS

 

                    Drawing Discourse: 8th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Drawing, University of North Carolina Asheville, Asheville, NC, Juried

                    Exhibition, Juror: Scott Noel

 

                    The Figure: Interpreted Through Contemporary Mediums, Sit: Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Juried Exhibition, Juror: Barbara A.

                    MacAdam

 

2016             Vestiges, Masters of Fine Arts Candidates Group Show, Greater Memphis Area, TN, group show

 

                     Student Summer Exhibition, Gallery 130, Oxford, MS

                       

                     3rd Juried Faculty and Alumni Show: Joyance, Alabama Center for the Arts, Decatur, AL

           

                     ArtFields, Lake City, SC

 

                     A Collection, (Solo Exhibition), Stephan, Land, McDavid, & Associates, PC, Oxford, MS

 

                     Grad Trio, W. O. Benjamin Fine Arts Center, Itawamba Community College, Fulton, MS

 

2015             Transitions: Graduate Student Exhibition, Meek Gallery, Oxford, MS

 

                     Embracing Art: A Coming Together of Amateur & Professional Artists, Carnegie Visual Arts Center, Decatur, AL, Juror: Tim Stevenson,

                     Professional Artist

 

                     Look: 2015 Spring Senior Art Exhibition, Alabama Center for the Arts, Decatur, AL

 

                     Group Drawing Exhibit, McClary’s, Decatur, AL

 

                     Festival of the Cranes Art Exhibit, Alabama Center for the Arts, Decatur, AL

 

2014             Pop Goes the Artist, Alabama Center for the Arts, Decatur, AL

 

                     Fresh Paint: Painting the Mississippi Landscape, Southside Gallery, Oxford, MS

 

2013             Unraveled: A Visual Response to the Ravel/Unravel Project, Omaha, NE, Juried Exhibition, Juror: Brigitte McQueen, Omaha, NE, The

                     Union for Contemporary Art, Founder, Beth Katz, Phoenix, AR, KatzDesignGroup, Commercial Interior Architect,Sierra Pirigyi, Omaha,

                     NE, Project Interfaith, Program Coordinator

 

                     Savory Jacks Show, Savory Jacks, Pulaski, Tennessee

 

2012             Alabama Center for the Arts Gala Exhibition, Alabama Center for the Arts, Decatur, AL

 

 

Commissions

 

2018             Drawing used on the cover of Bruce Levingston’s album Citizen.

 

 

Lectures

 

2019            "Intertwining Art and Literature," chair of the panel, SECAC, Chattanooga, TN, Oct 18, 2019.

2018            “Eclecticism, Appropriation, Forgery: Issues of Borrowing in Art,” SECAC, Birmingham, AL, Oct 18, 2018.

 

2017            Visiting Artist/Lecturer: Department of Art, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, March 9, 2017.

 

                     Artist Talk, Ittawamba Community College, Fulton, MS, Feb 12, 2017.

 

 

Community Service

 

2018            1927 Flood, Mural on power box, Greenville Arts Council, Greenville, MS

 

2017             Plein Air demonstration at the fundraiser event for the William Faulkner Literary Garden at the Union County Heritage Museum, New

                     Albany, Mississippi

 

 

Scholarships and Awards/Honors

 

Award of Excellence, Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS,

Juried Exhibition, Juror: Dan Brawner, 2018

 

Juror Award, Drawing Discourse: 8th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Drawing, University of North

Carolina Asheville, Asheville, NC, Juried Exhibition, Juror: Scott Noel, 2017

 

Graduate Scholarship, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, 2015

 

Student Honor Marshal, Arts and Sciences Fall Graduation, Athens State University, Athens, AL, 2014

 

President’s List, Athens State University, Athens, AL, 2013-14

 

Athenian Ambassadors Scholarship, Athens State University, Athens, AL, 2013-14

 

Presidential Scholarship, Athens State University, Athens, AL, 2013-15

 

Outstanding Student Award for English, Calhoun Community College, Decatur, AL, 2013

 

Outstanding Student Award for Art, Calhoun Community College, Decatur, AL, 2013

 

Art Scholarship, Calhoun Community College, Decatur, AL, 2012-13

 

President’s List, Calhoun Community College, Decatur, AL, 2011-13

 

Academic Scholarship, Calhoun Community College, Decatur, AL, 2011-12

 

 

Publications

 

2019            Number Inc. Magazine interview, Issue 100 

2018            Studio Break interview, podcast

 

2015            Athena’s Web, Athens State University

                            Paintings: Satyr Queen, The Actor’s Alcohol, The Writer’s Addiction                                               

2014            Athena’s Web, Athens State University

                            Paintings: Piano Organ Dreams, Avery, Our Town

                            Academic Essay: “Feminism in Othello”

 

2013            Muse, Calhoun Community College

                             Paintings: Tonto, The Mad Hatter

 

 

Memberships

 

2017-2018       The University of Mississippi Painting Guild, Vice President

 

2015-16           Vasari Society, Student Member, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS

 

2013 –              Sigma Tau Delta, Decatur, AL

Present

 

2013-14            Athenian Ambassadors, Athens State University, Athens, AL

 

2013-14            Art Club, Athens State University, Athens, AL

 

2011-13            Sigma Kappa Delta, Calhoun Community College, Decatur, AL

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