Currently living in San Francisco, CA.



2010 MFA, Sculpture, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2005 BA, Studio Art, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH, Graduated with Distinction

Solo and Two-person Exhibitions


Alexis Arnold and Esther Traugot, Napa Valley Museum, Yountville, CA      

Material Limit: Alexis Arnold and Mary Button Durell, state, San Francisco, CA


Light/Weight, En Em Art Space, Sacramento, CA


Geologues, Salon DeHon, San Francisco, CA


Group Exhibitions


Dialogues, SFArtsEd Gallery, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA (Nov-Jan)

di Party di Rosa: 15th Annual Benefit Art Auction, di Rosa, Napa, CA (October 22)

Reclaimed: Elevating the Art of Reuse, SCRAP at SFArtsEd Gallery, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA (October 1 -23)

Common Ground: A Celebrations of our National Parks, Hazel Wolf Gallery, David Brower Center, Berkeley, CA

The Alchemist, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

Art on Paper, with OPEN-EDITIONS, New York, NY

Berkeley Public Library Foundation Authors Dinner, Featured Artist, Berkeley, CA

Crystallized Books, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO


Crystallized Books and Concretions, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO

2015 Open Show, curated by Leslie Jones (LACMA), Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

Something For Everyone, Lost and Foundry, Oakland, CA

Crank, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

SFAI Alumni Exhibition, curated by Griff Williams (owner, Gallery 16), Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Unhinged: Book Art on the Cutting Edge, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA

Fire + Water, Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, CA

Young Sculptors Competition, Miami University, Hiestand Gallery, Oxford, OH

ArtCrush 2015, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO

Bound and Unbound III, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD

Library Thoughts 5, MAMU Gallery and Jokai Klub, Budapest, Hungary

Crystal Beings, Esther Klein Gallery, University City Science Center, Philadelphia, PA

Society of Submerged Culture, StoreFrontLab, San Francisco, CA


Alexis Arnold Crystallized Books, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CA

More Than One Way, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

Alexis Arnold at The Workshop Residence, San Francisco, CA - ongoing

Science, Technology, and the Future of Art, Pacific Art League, CA

Paint it Black, Studio 110 Projects, Sausalito, CA, 

Grey Area East, East Hampton, NY

Scrap Art: Creative Reuse in the Bayview, San Francisco, CA

Sight Unseen OFFSITE, New York, NY

­Kitsch-in, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

The Cradle Project, Alter Space, San Francisco, CA

Left Coast Annual Juried Exhibition, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA

Architectural Digest Home Design Show, New York, NY

Art Matters!, Grey Area at Bergdorf Goodman, New York, NY

Wabi Sabi, curated by MicroClimate Collective, Alter Space, San Francisco, CA

The Temporary Show, Whitdel Arts, Detroit, MI

Undercover Stories, ArtEAST UP FRONT Gallery, Issaquah, WA

Bazaar, Grey Area, Brooklyn, NY


SFAI Juried Alumni Exhibition, San Francisco, CA

Mental Notes, Glass Door Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Superstitions, San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, CA

Post Natural, Isis Gallery, University of Notre Dame, IN

The Book as Art, The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, GA

Axis Gallery 8th National Juried Exhibition, Sacramento, CA

Animal Show, Pterodactyl Creative Project Space, Philadelphia, PA

Radius, Gund Gallery, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH

ArtSpan Benefit Art Auction, SOMArts, San Francisco, CA

Colpa, Will Brown, San Francisco, CA


Infinite Possibilities, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR

X Libris, Root Division, San Francisco

Vital Signs, The New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY

Delirious Language, Salon DeHon, San Francisco, CA

Visions of Yore, Gallery Hijinks, San Francisco, CA

What’s Left Behind, Alter Space, San Francisco, CA

Matter, Brooklyn Artists Space, Brooklyn, NY

Minutia Militia, Field Projects, Manhattan, NY

Edicola Newsstand, San Francisco, CA


Proof, Southern Exposure, San Francisco

The Crystal Bike Blanket, Art In Storefronts through the San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA

Taste, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

ProArts Box Benefit Auction, Oakland, CA

We Want the World to Know Who We Are, fundraiser, Nieto Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

Manufactured Organic, Root Division, San Francisco


The Gaming Commission, Adobe Books Parlor, San Francisco, CA 

SPARE + AUSTERE, City Hall, San Francisco, CA

Vernissage, MFA Group Show, Herbst Pavillion, Fort Mason, San Francisco

Cast, The Crucible, Oakland, CA

Proliferations, OFFspace, San Francisco, CA

Domestic-Garde, ap-art-ment, San Francisco, CA



2012 Through That Which is Seen, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

Awards and Residencies


Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant

Residency, The Workshop Residence, San Francisco, CA

Public Collections

MediaMath, Boston, MA

Research Library, Special Collections, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA

University of Pittsburgh Library, Pittsburgh, PA

Virginia Commonwealth University, Book Art Collection, Richmond, VA

George and Cynthia Miller Wellness Center, Martinez, CA



Kimberly Chun, San Francisco Chronicle, S.F. artists discover their ‘Material Limit’, July 20, 2016 (print edition July 21)

Ariadna Zierold, Upper Playground, "Crystal Books by Alexis Arnold," May 29, 2016

Caro, Hi-Fructose, “Alexis Arnold Grows Crystals on a Sew Series of Classic Paperbacks,” May 24, 2016

Jessica Zack, The San Francisco Chronicle, “Environmental advocacy lives on through art,” May 20, 2016

Kim Stringfellow, The Mojave Project for KCET Artbound, “Borax: The Magic Crystal,” April 25, 2016

Janine Vangool, Uppercase Magazine, Book Arts: Imaginative Interpretations, Issue 29 (April 2016), pages 42-43


Giulia Bortoluzzi, L’Officiel Italia, “Riflessioni crystalline sul fascino del libro” December Print Edition, pages 98 - 105

Caitlin Schneider, mental_floss, “Crystal Visions,” July/August 2015 Print Edition

Nastia Voynovskaya, Hi-Fructose, “Alexis Arnold Turns Discarded Books Into Crystallized Sculptures,” March 4, 2015

Aubrey Nagle, Philly Voice, “Crystallized books, urban geodes populate Science Center gallery,” March 4, 2015

Inigo De Castillo, Lost at E Minor, “Artist RepurposesOld Discarded Books as Beautiful Sculptures,” February 28, 2015

 Mihai Andre, ZME Science, “Crystallizing Books – The Spectacular Art of Alexis Arnold,” February 26, 2015

Dan Piepenbring, The Paris Review Blog, “The Suffering of Books,” February 25, 2015

Xeni Jardin, boingboing, “Crystallized Books,” February 25, 2015

Nina Azzarello, designboom, “alexis arnold grows crystallized books using discarded literature,” February 24, 2015

Rebecca Escamilla, Laughing Squid, “A Series of Beautifully Crystallized Books,” February 24, 2015

Johnny Strategy, Colossal, “Books, Magazines and Computer Manuals Turned Into Crystallized Sculptures by Alexis Arnold,” February 24, 2015

GenistaBeautiful/Decay, “Alexis Arnold Glorifies The Decay Of Paperbacks By Crystallizing Books,” February 24, 2015

Becky, Chung, The Creator’s Project, “Artist Turns Old Books into Crystallized Sculptures,” February 20, 2015

Lincoln Michel, Electric Literature, “Artist Turns Books Into Crystallized Fossils,” February 19, 2015


Kate Mothes,, Alexis Arnold’s Crystallized Books, November 20, 2014

A. Kameshwari, One World News, “Embellishing the Extinct: Alexis Arnold,” August 12, 2014

Art Matters! Two Artists to Know, Bergdorf Goodman Blog, February 2014

Elena Loannidou, The Opsis Magazine, “Interview with Alexis Arnold,” Feb. 4, 2014


Richard Ashmore, The Daily Mail, “The books you will want to treasure!,” August 17, 2013

Sammy Medina, Fast Company, “An Artist Turns Book Into Stunning Crystallized Sculptures,” August 7, 2013

Aaron Calvin, BuzzFeed, “Artist Turns Discarded Books Into Beautiful Works Of Art By Crystallizing Them,” July 24, 2013

Ana Lisa Alperovich, Inhabitat, “Alexis Arnold Turns Classic Books Into Crystalline Geologic Sculptures,” February, 2, 2013, “Crystallized Books,” January, 7, 2013


Lauren Smith, “Alexis Arnold,” 2OpCollec(tive), September 20, 2012

Vivian Hua, “Alexis Arnold: Crystallizing the Present,” Redefine Magazine, July 18, 2012

Jessica Czech, “Crystals growing from the pages of books,” July 11, 2012

Alice Sant’Anna, “Escultor faz ode ao livro impresso na série ‘Livro cristalizado,’” O Globo, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, May 22, 2012

Jeremiah Barber, “Dig Up the Diorama! Art of the Miniature at Root Division,” KQED Arts, June 16, 2012 

SF Art Enthusiast, “Through That Which Is Seen at Root Division,” May 14, 2012 

Diandra Mintz, Beautful/Decay, “Alexis Arnold’s Crystallized Literature”

ArtSlant, Showcase Watchlist, May 2012 


Shannon Jackson, “Social Materials: Storefront Art in Central Market,” Art Practical, August, 1, 2011 

Cathy Bowman, “Storefront Art Spiffs Up Market Street” The SF Examiner, May 11, 2011

Geoffrey Fowler, “San Francisco Takes Art to the Streets: Painters and Sculptors Transform Neglected Storefronts in Central Market” The Wall Street Journal Online, May 5, 2011


KQED Gallery Crawl “Vernissage: 2010 San Francisco Art Institute MFA Thesis Exhibition” interview

JD Beltran, City Brights Blog, SF Gate, May 21st