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ARTIST STATEMENT

I work in textile and movement to explore personal and collective preservation, restoration, and expansion. Handmade banners (dyed, stitched, torn, appliqued, inked, embroidered) reference the visual, kinetic, and metaphoric elements of parades. They often feature intimate stories and totems of personal history; the pieces themselves becoming acts of reclamation, documentation, myth creation. My work prods the spaces between our individual and collective parades of self – assuming an audience, crafted for display – and our experience of living within that presentation: what do we say/display of ourselves to ourselves? How does it shape us as we shape it? Each piece I make is worked entirely by hand - pushing into the intimacy and tenderness that cloth allows, in contrast and/or conversation with the boldness of parade.

Photo by Ryan Stopera

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BIO

Alexandra Beaumont is a textile artist and dancer. She was born and raised in South Carolina to a Jamaican father and American mother, both working musicians. She attended the residential South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities throughout high school, focusing on dance and visual arts, and went on to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY where she studied fashion design. After working in New York City as a menswear designer, she returned to a fine arts practice, incorporating her love for fabrics and hand sewing. She now lives in Minneapolis, MN, where she makes work centering themes of personal reconstruction, community, and celebratory display. Her first solo exhibition “Version” was presented at Ridgewater College in Minnesota in the fall of 2022. She is a 2022 recipient of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council “Next Step Fund” grant, and a 2023 Forecast Early Career Project grantee. She is a member of PF Studios in Minneapolis, MN and contributes to the development team of Public Functionary, a gallery, performance space, and café supporting BIPOC and LGBTQ artists in the Twin Cities.

Video by Sophia Abrams about my practice and work in Change is God: Take Root Among the Stars -

Black Abstraction in the Midwest, at SooVac in Minneapolis, MN

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2005-2007

EDUCATION

Pratt Institute
BFA Program – Fashion Design

2001-2005

EDUCATION

South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities
Visual Arts and Dance

2023

GRANT

Forecast Public Arts, Early Career Artist Project Grant

2022 - 2023

Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Next Step Fund

GRANT

August 2023

SOLO EXHIBITION

Dancing with Friends, Women United Art Movement

Online

September - October 2022

SOLO EXHIBITION

Version, Ridgewater College

Hutchinson, MN and Wilmar, MN

October - November 2023

EXHIBITION

In Other Miles, Public Functionary
Minneapolis, MN

October - November 2023

EXHIBITION

Time, Memory, Mythos, Woman Made Gallery
Chicago, IL

September - October 2023

EXHIBITION

Artifacts of Experience, Tiger Strikes Asteroid
Greenville, SC

May 2023

EXHIBITION

Grandma's House Party, Public Functionary
Minneapolis, MN

March - May 2023

EXHIBITION

Woven/Unwoven, Spartanburg Art Museum
Spartanburg, SC

January - April 2023

EXHIBITION

Black Creativity, Museum of Science and Industry
Chicago, IL

January - March 2023

EXHIBITION

(Exhibiting as "Les Monts" with Agnes Mont)

Co-Create, Stay Home Gallery

Paris, TN

January - February 2023

EXHIBITION

Your Place At the Table III: Rooted, 311 Gallery

Raleigh, NC

December 2023

EXHIBITION

Crocker Kingsley Exhibition, Blue Line Arts

Roseville, CA

November 2022 - January 2023

EXHIBITION

Welcome to Our Haus, Bobblehaus

New York, NY

November 2022

EXHIBITION

Paradox, Acme Collective

Minneapolis, MN

October - November 2022

EXHIBITION

Smoke and Ground, Public Functionary

Minneapolis, MN

September - October 2022

EXHIBITION

Series, Site:Brooklyn

Online Exhibition

September - October 2022

EXHIBITION

New Contemporaries, Dodomu Gallery

Online Exhibition

August - September 2022

EXHIBITION

Minnesota State Fair 2022 Fine Arts Exhibition

St. Paul, MN

July - August 2022

EXHIBITION

I Figure: Contemporary Figurative Art, Arts Benicia

Benicia, Ca

July 2022

EXHIBITION

Women in Art 2022, Las Lagunas Art Gallery

Laguna Beach, CA

July 2022

EXHIBITION

Sehnsucht, Field Projects

New York, NY

June - July 2022

EXHIBITION

Change is God: Take Root Among the Stars - Black Abstraction in the Midwest, SooVAC

Minneapolis, MN

June - July 2022

EXHIBITION

Weaving Fragments, Form + Content Gallery

Minneapolis, MN

June - December 2022

EXHIBITION

Chroma, MSP International Airport

St. Paul, MN

May - July 2022

EXHIBITION

Painting at Night, Collar Works and Artist/Mother Podcast

Troy, NY

May - June 2022

EXHIBITION

Perfect Imperfections: Faces and Figures, Women United Art Movement

Online Exhibition

May - June 2022

EXHIBITION

Face to Face, ARC Gallery

San Francisco, CA

May - June 2022

EXHIBITION

Through Mossy Ways, I Like Your Work

Online and Catalog Exhibition

April - May 2022

EXHIBITION

The Deeply Rooted, Woman Made Gallery

Chicago, IL

February - March 2022

EXHIBITION

Our Neighborhood, AD Gallery at UNC Pembroke

Pembroke, NC

January - March 2022

EXHIBITION

Portrayal: Re-Present, Eagan Art House

Eagan, MN

November - December 2021

EXHIBITION

Nourish, PF Studios

Minneapolis, MN

September 2021

EXHIBITION

In.Art, Hallberg Center for the Arts

Wyoming, MN

August 2021

EXHIBITION

C4W:2021 Elemental, Gamut Gallery

Minneapolis, MN

June 2021

EXHIBITION

Art and Social Justice

Ellington-White Contemporary Art Gallery

Fayetteville, NC

July 2019

EXHIBITION

Midwest Mixed Conference Exhibition
Minneapolis, MN

Published January 2023

Issue #6, Viral Ecologies

PUBLICATION (ONLINE)

May 14th - 15th, 2022

PERFORMANCE

"Line Square Circle", Reset, YoungDance

St. Paul, MN

March 25th, 2022

PERFORMANCE

Generic Minneapolis, Red Eye Theater

Minneapolis, MN

July 10th, 2021

PERFORMANCE

CollabArts Vol.3, DanceBarn Collective

St. Paul, MN

July 2022

Tofte Lake Center
Ely, MN

RESIDENCY

October - December 2021

RESIDENCY

Workroom Residency, YoungDance
St. Paul, MN

August 2022

1st Place; Textiles, Minnesota State Fair 2022 Fine Arts Exhibition

AWARD

July 2023

WORKSHOP

Mixed media activity, MIA Family Day, Minneapolis Institute of Art

Minneapolis, MN

June 2023

WORKSHOP

sPARK Mobile Art Workshops

St. Peter, MN

May 2023

WORKSHOP

"Shape Parade", Free First Saturday, Walker Art Center

Minneapolis, MN

February 2023

WORKSHOP

"Music and Media", MIA Family Day, Minneapolis Institute of Art

Minneapolis, MN

December 2021

WORKSHOP

Get Up to Get Down, Dance Workshop

St. Paul, MN            

May 2023

CURATORIAL/PROGRAMMING

Paradox

Minneapolis, MN

March 10, 2023

CURATORIAL/PROGRAMMING

"Dancing with Friends" - Dance Party and Installation at Public Functionary
Minneapolis, MN

May 2022

CURATORIAL/PROGRAMMING

Line Square Circle - Choreography Project, YoungDance

St. Paul, MN

Summer - Fall 2021

PROGRAMMING

Art on the Ballot, Lawn Sign Exhibition (with Angie Tillges)

Minneapolis, MN

October - December 2020

COHORT LEARNING

Transformational Creative Strategies Training (TRCSTR)
Arts and organizing training, sponsored by the Minneapolis Institute of Art and HOPE Community
Minneapolis, MN

Summer 2021 - Current

ORGANIZATIONS/ASSOCIATIONS

Public Functionary - PF Studios
Minneapolis, MN

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