Alexa brings degrees in both Art and Art History from prestigious institutions, proficiency as an artist in a variety of mediums, extensive and varied teaching experience, and a multitude of unique experiences both in life and in the arts to Tokyo Academics. A presidential scholar at Stanford University, she received a BA in Art History. She has a Post Baccalaureate Degree in Art from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and in 2009 received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). An artist, designer and educator, Alexa has worked as an art consultant and art educator for over a decade for internationally renowned artists and galleries and private clients. Since joining Tokyo Academics in May, Alexa has worked with aspiring art, design and architecture school students going above and beyond to help her students build their portfolios from the ground up.
Spending her adolescence living in South America gave her a deep understanding of cultural differences and the sensitivity required to function successfully in different environments. She has lived and worked in Chile, China, Vietnam, and Italy and up to the present day teaches students from various backgrounds and countries of all ages and levels with remarkable results. Her artwork has been collected and exhibited internationally by galleries, museums and exhibited at art fairs. She has worked within the museum context and as an art appraiser. Alexa’s skillset is the culmination of both academic and practical training. She is well versed and comfortable in countless art mediums and delights in introducing new techniques, materials, and methods to her students. She believes that the Art Portfolio is much like the Personal Essay: It should show people who the student is, how they think, and what they can contribute to a program. The portfolio should communicate artistic skills, experiences, originality, and commitment.
Alexa enjoys reading fiction and loves to hike and trail run around her small town in Southern California. Visiting museums, botanical gardens, and looking at art inspires her life and work.