Art and Art History
Title: Professor of Studio Art & Undergraduate Advising Coordinator
Department: Art and 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, Drawing, 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. Serio is Professor of Painting and Drawing at The University of Texas at Tyler where she was the recipient of the B.J. Dub and Riter Professorship from 2009-2014. Serio serves as art editor for the The Wallace Stevens Journal, an international scholarly publication by the Johns Hopkins University Press. Serio is an award winning painter and has shown her work alongside artists such as Andy Warhol and Richard Diebenkorn (“Philadelphia Collects: Works on Paper” Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE). She has an extensive national exhibition record and is currently represented by the The Drawing Room Art Gallery (Cos Cob, CT), Gross McCleaf Gallery, (Philadelphia, PA) and the Strecker-Nelson Gallery (Manhattan, KS). Serio’s artwork belongs to various public and private collections including the University of Iowa HealthCare Systems, the Lankenau Hospital (Wynnewood, PA) and the Fox School of Business at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA). Other recent accomplishments include Serio being selected as a finalist for the prestigious 2014 Hunting Art Prize,(Houston, TX), completing an International Artist Residency at the Gullkistan International Residency for Creative People in Laugvartn, Iceland (June 2013) and participating in an international group exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan art Museum in Tokyo, Japan (March 2015).
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.