Alex Gilford

  • Artist
  • Detroit, MI

Experience

Public Art/Mural Commissions at Art in Woodbridge

Fall 2016 – Present Detroit, MI

One 8' x 4' public painting called “The Toad on Horseback” which was installed on the exterior wall of a house in Woodbridge, Detroit Historic District in the Summer of ‘17. * Part of my Riparian Arts Project
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Two connecting 7’ x 17' murals called “Legend of the Lake Whitefish” and "Legend of the Lake Whitefish (Grandfather Crane)" painted on garage doors in Woodbridge, Detroit Historic District. *Part of my Riparian Arts Project.

Art Outdoor Project at Experience Grand Rapids

2015 Michigan

Art Outdoor Project: My illustration (section of Modern Window Cleaners painting) appeared on billboards across Michigan. One traditional billboard in Howell, MI on I-96 and digitally scrolling billboards in other locations. The illustration was also printed on posters, coaster sets, and t-shirts.
My illustration along with pieces by four other artists were selected to depict and promote Grand Rapids as a travel destination as part of Experience Grand Rapid’s “Cool City. Hot Art.” campaign. The project was organized by Experience Grand Rapids (the area’s official destination marketing organization).
The selection committee consisted of Richard App: owner of Richard App gallery, Kevin Buist: Director of Exhibitions at ArtPrize, Cathy Marashi: Exhibits Coordinator at Grand Valley State University, Michele Bosak: Curator at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Miranda Krajniak: Executive Director at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Ron Platt: Chief Curator a

Illustration Commission at Flutter and Wow Museum Projects

2015 Traverse City, MI

I did twelve pen and watercolor illustrations of invasive and native aquatic species in Lake Michigan and a cross section of the lake. These were used to create an Interactive Ecology Puzzle at the Great Lakes Children’s Museum in Traverse City, MI. Flutter & Wow Museum Projects designed this installation for the museum’s Guardians of the Great Lakes gallery.

Illustration Commissions at Dada Trash Collage

2009 – 2014

Illustrations used on front and back album covers, booklets, concert posters for their “Lions to Lightening," album in '09, their "Rain War EP” and “Neighbors” album in '10, “Looking at the Ground” and “Ambitious Out of Control” in 2011, and their “POSTE-HASTE” album in 2014.

Illustration Commission at The Valley School

2013 Swartz Creek, MI

T-shirt logo and design for the school’s annual celebration of their own unique holiday called Wazenflune.

Illustration at Rich Bell Scholarship Foundation

2013

Logo and design on T-shirts, stickers, and DVD covers which were sold to raise money for the foundation.

Artist in Residence at Arquetopia

October 2012 – December 2012 Puelba and Oaxaca

Dual Cultural Exchange Program

Illustration at Current (Magazine)

2009 Grand Rapids, MI

08/09 issue

Illustration at Whether (Magazine)

2009 Grand Rapids, MI

07/09 Issue (Cover)

Illustrations at Spoon (Bulletin/Newsletter)

2008 – 2009 Grand Rapids, MI

Illustrations appeared in the 6/08, 10/08, 12/08, 04/09, 6/09, 08/09, 11-12/09 (Cover Illustration) issues

Education

MA in Arts Administration at Eastern Michigan University

September 2014 – Present Ypsilanti, MI

Board Member at large for the Arts Administration & Management program’s student organization, AMP!

BFA majoring in Illustration and minoring in Art History at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University

September 2007 – July 2011 Grand Rapids, MI

Presidents List, Golden Key International Honor Society

Awards

Best of Show 2D, 76th Members Show at Grosse Pointe ART Center

Best of Show, Urban Edge exhibition at Grosse Pointe ART Center

Elmer and Rite Zinn Memorial Award, Festival of the Arts in Grand Rapids, MI

People's Choice Award, Portland Community Arts Council's Annual Juried Art Exhibit

Open House Scholarship, Art Institute of Ft Lauderdale

Scholarship of Merit, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University

Exhibitions

Canada 150 & Beyond Group

Leamington Arts Centre Leamington, Ontario, Canada

Bastille Day Art Exhibit Group

Detroit Historical Museum Detroit, MI

Organized by Alliance Française de Detroit – French Institute of Michigan, and USArt Boutique

Solo Show Solo

Schramm’s Mead Ferndale, MI

Reach for the Sky: Leamington Flock Fest Exhibition Group

Leamington Arts Centre Leamington, Ontario, Canada

Tall Tales and Folklore: Exploring Michigan’s Traditional Stories Group

The Albert L. Lorenzo Cultural Center Charter Township of Clinton, MI

at Macomb Community College

BFF Fest 3 Group

El Club Detroit, MI

Organized by Seraphine Collective

The Best of the Best Group

Grosse Pointe ART Center Grosse Pointe, MI

Solo Show

Schramm’s Mead Ferndale, MI

Art Outdoor Project - Artist Reception

Richard App Gallery Grand Rapids, MI

EXPOSED Group

Grosse Pointe ART Center Grosse Pointe, MI

Sponsor: Donna O’keefe, Johnstone & Johnstone Realtors

Call For Art Group

Dancing Dog Gallery Ann Arbor, MI

Corpus Illuminata IV An Anatomic Interpretation Group

Tangent Gallery Detroit, MI

Our Rivers, Our Lakes Group

Grosse Pointe ART Center Grosse Pointe, MI

Juror: Martine MacDonald

76th Members Show Group

Grosse Pointe ART Center Grosse Pointe, MI

I received the Best of Show 2D award.

Nighttime Group

Grosse Pointe ART Center Grosse Pointe, MI

Juror: Frank Pahl

Holiday Sparks! 2nd Annual Members Show Group

Live Coal Gallery Detroit, MI

Curator: Yvette Rock

Clusterf*ck: Craft, Kitsch and the Quotidian Group

Craft House Gallery Grand Rapids, MI

Curator: Tamara Fox

Huron Valley Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Art Competition Group

Main Street Milford, MI Milford, MI

Competition organizer: The Huron Valley Martin Luther King Jr. Day Committee

Urban Edge Group

Grosse Pointe ART Center Grosse Pointe, MI

Juror: Tim Burke. I received the Best of Show Award.

Postcard Salon Exhibition & Salon Sale Group

Muskegon Museum of Art Muskegon, MI

Supported by: Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

Size Matters Group

Grosse Pointe ART Center Grosse Pointe, MI

Juror: Paul Nowak

Food For Thought Group

Grosse Pointe ART Center Grosse Pointe, MI

Juror: Sue Carman Vian

75th Member's Show Group

Grosse Pointe ART Center Grosse Pointe, MI

Solo Show

San Chez Bistro Grand Rapids, MI

Postcard Salon Exhibition & Salon Sale Group

Muskegon Museum of Art Muskegon, MI

Supported by: Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

LowellArts West Michigan Regional Art Competition Group

Lowell Area Arts Council Lowell, MI

Juror: Anne Norcross

Festival of the Arts '12 Regional Arts Exhibition Group

Former Grand Rapids Press Building Grand Rapids, MI

Jurors: Tim Fisher, Ron Pederson, Lora Robertson. I was the recipient of the Elmer and Rita Zinn Memorial Award.

Muskegon Museum of Art 84th Regional Exhibition group

Muskegon Museum of Art Muskegon, MI

Juror: Andrew Winship

My City in Transition Group

Grand Rapids Art Museum Grand Rapids, MI

Portland Community Arts Annual Juried Art Show Group

Portland City Hall Portland, MI

Jurors: Derek Rainey, Loralee Hilligan, and Rush Clement. I was the recipient of the People’s Choice Award.

All Michigan All Media Visual Arts Competition Group

Holland Area Arts Council Holland, MI

Juror: Richard App

Art to Change the World, ArtPrize '12 Group

Keeler Gallery, Fountain Street Church Grand Rapids, MI

Organizer: American Civil Liberties Union, ArtPrize

Muskegon Museum of Art 83rd Regional Exhibition Group

Muskegon Museum of Art Muskegon, MI

'11 Annual Student Exhibition Group

Kendall College of Art and Design Grand Rapids, MI

SiTE:LAB Festival of the Arts '11 BFA Exhibition group

12 Division Ave South Grand Rapids, MI

SEVEN x 11: Art for Art Group

Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts (UICA) Grand Rapids, MI

Each piece sold for $25 with proceeds funding emergent artist stipends and youth scholarships for UICA’s youth program ArtWorks.

Free Radical Galleries Solo (with collaborators)

Vertigo Record Store Grand Rapids, MI

Exhibition organizer: Avenue for the Arts

Life...OUT/LOUD Group

Student Gallery, Kendall College of Art and Design Grand Rapids, MI

Exhibition Organizer: Kendall Pride

37th Annual Celebration of the Arts Spiritual Art Exhibit Group

First United Methodist Church Grand Rapids, MI

Juror: Marjorie Hogan Chellstorp

HUMANATURE Group

The DAAC (Division Avenue Arts Collective) Grand Rapids, MI

Exhibition Organizer: The DAAC Visual Arts Committee

Trimmings: ART for the Facility/Stache Bash/Art Downtown Group

The DAAC (Division Avenue Arts Collective) Grand Rapids, MI

Exhibition organizer: The DAAC Visual Arts Committee. All proceeds went to Blandford Nature Center’s Mixed Greens program.

Art of the Bridge Group

Gallery 602, Kendall College of Art and Design Grand Rapids, MI

Work in show donated to the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation at the Grand Rapids Public schools' “Building Bridges to Success.”

Festival of the Arts '10 Regional Arts Exhibition Group

Old Federal Building Grand Rapids, MI

Jurors: Lorma Williams Freestone, Chris Stoffel Overvoorde, Darlene Kaczmarczyk

The American Dream What it is, was, isn't, could be Group

The DAAC (Division Avenue Arts Collective) Grand Rapids, MI

Exhibition Organizaer: The DAAC Visual Arts Committee

36th Annual Celebration of the Arts Spiritual Art Exhibit Group

First United Methodist Church Grand Rapids, MI

Juror: Edee Joppich

Post Card Show Group

Gallery 602, Kendall College of Art and Design Grand Rapids, MI

Figurative Show Group

Gallery 602, Kendall College of Art and Design Grand Rapids, MI

4th Annual Bodies of Art Gallery Group

The Wealthy Theater Grand Rapids, MI

Director: Evan Reid

Youth Auction Auction

First United Methodist Church Grand Rapids, MI

A fundraiser to benefit the Senior High Youth '09 Mission Trip to Niagara Falls NY

Portrait Show Group

Gallery 602, Kendall College of Art and Design Grand Rapids, MI

Day of the Dead Mini Print Exhibit Group

Red Hydrant Press Studio Grand Rapids, MI

Organizer: Alynn Guerra

Diorama Rama Group

FWD>>SPACE Grand Rapids, MI

Landscape in Miniature Show Group

Gallery 602, Kendall College of Art and Design Grand Rapids, MI

Sponsor: The Painting Club and Cafe Leonardo

Oakland Community College Art Exhibit group

Auburn Hills campus Auburn Hills, MI

Oakland Community College Art Exhibit Group

Highland Lakes campus Waterford, MI

Clients

The Valley School Swartz Creek MI, Rich Bell Scholarship Fund, Spoon, Current Whether, Dada Trash Collage, Experience Grand Rapids, MI Regional Council Carpenters, Art in Woodbridge, Modern Window Cleaning