Solo and Two-person Exhibitions


Explore Moiré, Bay Area Discovery Museum, exhibition and residency

SF Shines Storefront Installation, El Corazon Gallery, San Francisco, CA

SF Shines Storefront Installation, Geneva Eye Care, San Francisco, CA


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


Alexis Arnold: Crystal Objects, Workshop Residence, San Francisco, CA


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

Geologues, Salon DeHon, San Francisco, CA


Select Group Exhibitions

2020 Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today, exhibit will travel to two venues (TBD)


Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR (October 2019)

Memento Mons, Musee des Beaux-Arts, Mons, Belgium (October 2019)

Sphere: 50th Anniversary of Women at Kenyon Alumnae, Horvitz Hall Gallery, Gambier, OH

TBN, The Space by the Bay, Alameda, CA


The Book as Art, Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, GA (ongoing)

Reading Between the Lines, Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

PaperWorks Refolded, Brea Gallery, Brea, CA

Altered, OFFspace at Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA


UNICEF LA Paddle8 Auction, Venice, CA Napa Valley Museum Auction, Yountville, CA

Napa Valley Museum Auction, Yountville, CA

Dialogues, SFArtsEd Gallery, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA


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

Open Show, curator 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, curator Griff Williams, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA

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

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


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

More Than One Way, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, 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

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

Bazaar, Grey Area, Brooklyn, NY


SFAI Juried Alumni Exhibition, 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

Radius, Gund Gallery, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH


Infinite Possibilities, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR

X Libris, Root Division, San Francisco

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

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

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


Proof, Southern Exposure, San Francisco

Taste, Root Division, 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

Awards and Residencies

2019 Residency, Bay Area Discovery Museum

2017 Residency, Bay Area Discovery Museum

2014 Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant

2014 Residency, The Workshop Residence, San Francisco, CA

Public Collections

SFMOMA, Special Collections, San Francisco, CA

Twelve01West, Chicago, IL (forthcoming)

MediaMath, Boston, MA

Nantun Tower, Taichung, Taiwan

Costa XL Costa Cruises, Italy

Galila’s P.O.C., Brussels, Belgium

University of Pittsburgh Library, Pittsburgh, PA

Virginia Commonwealth University, Book Art Collection, Richmond, VA

George and Cynthia Miller Wellness Center, Martinez, CA

Antioch Health Center, Antioch, CA


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

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

Select Bibliography


Peter Saenger, The Wall Street Journal, “The Otherworldly Power of Crystal,” August 29 (online edition) and August 31, 2019 (print edition)

Lauren Haynes and Joachim Pisarro, Crystals in Art:Ancient to Today, University of Arkansas Press, 1st edition, October 11, 2019

Crystals in Art:Ancient to Today exhibition announcement crystals/

Marcella Hackbardt and Grant Johnson, A Celebration of 50 Years of Women Artists at Kenyon College, In the Moment Press, Gambier, OH, 2019, cover image and pg 5-6

Marcella Hackbardt, Kenyon College Alumni Bulletin Vol 41.3, The Power of Art, pg 38-41


Lucy Wang, inhabitat, “Artist transforms discarded books into spectacular crystallized artifacts,” January 6, 2017

Kate Sierzputowski, Colossal, “New Discarded Books Transformed into Crystallized Sculptures by Alexis Arnold,” January 3, 2017


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

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

 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


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

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


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

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

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


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