Alex Bailey (she/her) received an MFA in 2019 from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) where she emphasized in ceramics- and textiles-based mixed media work. In 2014, she received her Bachelor’s in studio art from the University of Southern Indiana (USI) where she focused on functional ceramics.
Bailey has exhibited in venues across the United States and Canada since 2010, including solo exhibition ‘Emotional Effluence’ (British Columbia, 2019), invitational ‘Free Association’ (Missouri, 2018), and national juried exhibitions ‘Abstract Only!’ (Hawaii, 2019), 'Paper & Clay' (Utah, 2019), and 'Conductivity: The Many Faces of Copper in Ceramics' (Tennessee, 2017). She has also created artwork internationally (residency, British Columbia) and received a large-scale, outdoor public sculpture commission through the USI Foundation in 2019. Bailey plans to attend Chateau Orqueveaux (France) in spring 2022 for another residency, subject to pandemic travel restrictions.
Aside from studio art, Bailey is enthusiastic about museum work involving curatorial engagement, art handling, and exhibitions. She is also passionate about community arts and outreach where she can use her experiences with tactile materials to help individuals of all abilities connect, heal, and create in myriad ways. Bailey volunteered at Living Arts/VSA Missouri in St Louis from 2018-2019 and served as secretary of the board for this non-profit organization, as well.
At present, Bailey uses her living room/second bedroom for creative work, and goes to great lengths keeping the cat hair from her two black fur-children out of her pieces. She currently balances two jobs in Indianapolis: serving, and splitting hours between two departments at the Eiteljorg Museum.