Alexandra Hirsch (BFA 1987)
I make images on paper for exhibition and painterly art glass largely for architectural environments. The work stems from aesthetic sensitivity and intellectual rigor combined with a certain kind of humanity and spirituality. My process is intuitive and is driven by expression. I am informed by years of practicing yoga, being in nature, and feeling a body/mind/spirit connection through dance. This particular artwork, Slung, explores destruction and its aftermath.
At U-M, I earned a BA in art and politics and a BFA in painting and printmaking. I earned my MFA in painting from Washington University. My glass education includes study at Bullseye Glass, and working with fabricators in Oregon and at three German studios. National and international private, public, and corporate collections own my work. These include the United States Embassy (Bulgaria), Good Samaritan Hospital (Washington State), Oregon State University (Oregon), U.S. Aid (Uganda), Hallmark Corporation (Kansas), Umpqua Bank (Oregon), ODS Companies (Oregon), and Southern Oregon University (Ashland). Artist residencies I've enjoyed include Caldera AIR, The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon College of Art and Craft, and Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Exhibition opportunities include solo shows at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Port Angeles Fine Arts Center in 2013. I've been awarded grants to further develop my work from the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Linfield College, and the Hallie Ford Foundation.
This work is featured as part of the 2016 Alumni Exhibition: “Horror Vacui”, on display from July 19 - August 6, 2016 at the Argus II Building in Ann Arbor. Check the exhibition page for dates, times, and hours.