We are excited to announce that the Arts Foundation is continuing to grow and Alex Jimenez has joined the team!
Alexandra (Alex!) Jimenez is a Chicana print-maker, illustrator, designer, mother, and public artist. Her artistic practice explores her connection to land, culture, and history as a fourth generation Mexican-American in Tucson, AZ. Alex began her career in the sciences, obtaining a BS in Animal Science from Cornell University. It was her love for discovery and exploration that led her to the science field and ultimately led her to the creative field. In 2014 she received a BFA in Visual Communication from the University of Arizona. Shortly after graduating she received the Research and Development grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts to pursue her typographical alphabet book, Abecedario del Sur. Since then, Alex has explored many forms of art making but her work has continued to center around the Sonoran Desert and the Southside of Tucson where she grew up. Recently, her love of community and collaboration led her into work as a public artist. Throughout 2021 and 2022 Alex worked as the first ever Artist-in-residence for Tucson Water and created opportunities to engage the public in art making about water. In 2022 Alex won funding for her first large scale public art piece “In Memory Of” which is a community engaged public art project that honors people who have died of COVID-19. The final memorial is expected to be installed by the end of 2023.
Alex believes in civic duty and has served the community by sitting as a panelist for grants through local and state agencies and has used her grant funding to support other artists. She has served on the Transit Task force for the City of Tucson as a Ward 1 appointee and most recently served as chair for the Public Art and Community Design Committee as an appointee of the Pima County Supervisor for District 5. She is excited to bring her energy and love for the arts to the Arts Foundation of Southern Arizona. In her new role as Grants Coordinator, Alex will support the grant making processes from behind the scenes.
To learn more about Alex and her artist practice, click below!