UT Tyler Department of Art and Art History
Professor, Undergraduate Advising Coordinator
Department: Department of Art & Art History
Building: ARC 107
B.F.A. in painting from Syracuse University
M.F.A. in painting from The University of Pennsylvania
Area: Painting, Design, Undergraduate Advising Coordinator
Alexis Serio received her M.F.A. in painting from The University of Pennsylvania in 2000, and her B.F.A. in painting from Syracuse University in 1998. She is Associate Professor of Art at The University of Texas at Tyler where she was the 2010-2011 and 2009-2010 recipient of the B.J.Dub and Riter Professorship. Ms. Serio is an award winning painter with a national exhibition record including group shows at the Axis Gallery (Sacramento, California) the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (Wilmington, Delaware) the Nicolet College Art Gallery (Rhinelander, Wisconsin) and the Farmington Museum ( Farmington, New Mexico). Ms. Serio has also had numerous solo exhibitions including the Bridgette Mayer Gallery, (Philadephia, PA) Tyler Junior College (Tyler, Texas )and Paris Junior College (Paris, Texas).
Air is heavy, enduring and permanent. Mass is fleeting. Solitude is vibrant, vital, and optimistic. Logic is altered but we still regain our place in the world through memory. Memory is equilibrium.
My paintings are selective and ideals of the truth. They are reflections of my past, the days that I have drawn out in my mind as precious time. The landscape provides stillness and solitude, a moment to reconnect to a personal history within the world.
The majority of my paintings are depictions of heightened dramatic lighting—dusk or dawn. I use both soft rendering and thick application of the paint to create an interchange of perspective. Areas that I consider transient are treated with more subtly and areas that show drama and strength are treated with physical build up on the surface. The exchange between light and shadow, permanent and fleeting are exaggerated to present a space that at once may deny a sense of reasoning yet connect with a sensual reality for the viewer.