Travis graduated from Millsaps College with a B.A. in History in 1965 and earned a Masters in Library Science from Geo. Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. She pursued her dream of becoming a serious painter after 35 years as a professional librarian and began her art education at the Cleveland Institute of Art, followed by study at the Arts Students League, New York with artist/instructor, Kenneth McInoe. While at the League she was awarded the Art Students League/Fantasy Fountain Fund Merit Award, to study in Paris, France at the Paris American Institute, July, 2007. When her husband retired from his academic career they moved to a small hamlet in the Catskill Mts. where Travis opened a studio and for 15 years was very active in the art community there and beyond.
After 15 years in the Catskill Mountains she and her husband now reside in Rhinebeck, NY where she maintains a village studio and recently helped to establish Art Gallery 71.
For Alix Hallman Travis, her painting life begins with watercolor. Her summers of alla prima, plein air painting in watercolor are often the source of inspiration for her winter studio paintings of oil on canvas, and finally end up in torn swatches of watercolor paintings reassembled as collages. Viewers of Travis’s oil paintings often feel a compelling sense of location, activity and mood and ask, “Where is it?”. However, the artist composes her paintings without fidelity to any actual location but instead draws on her plein air work to give authenticity to her fanciful depictions. She paints in high intensity colors using the palette knife. The visible strokes give mosaic jewel like texture.
Selected Solo exhibitions:
2016 “Catskill Mountain Life; a celebration of community”, Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery, Catskill Foundation, Hunter, NY solo 2014 “Catskill Mountain Life”, Longyear Gallery, Margaretville, NY solo 2011 “Kitchen Paintings”, Longyear Gallery, Margaretville, NY solo 2010 “Kitchen Paintings”, The Futon Company, Worchester, MA solo 2010” Music in the Mountains”, Walt Meade Gallery, Roxbury, NY solo 2010 “From Start to Finish”, Wilber Mansion, Oneontia, NY solo 2008 Featured Artist, Longyear Gallery, Margaretville, NY solo 2008 Shapes of Water, Catskill Watershed Corporation, Margaretville, NY solo 2007 Alix Hallman Travis, Watercolors, Bank Gallery, Roxbury, NY solo 2007 “Luminosity”, Alix Hallman Travis Watercolors, River Winds Gallery, Beacon,NY solo 2006 Views From the Street, Finestra Gallery, Willoughby, OH solo
Selected Group exhibitions and Art Fairs:
Shared, Juried Exhibitions 2019 12th Bragg Hollow Studio, Rhinebeck, Art Studio Views, Rhinebeck, NY 2019 83d National Midyear Exhibition, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH 2018 Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival, Exhibition, Orange Hall Gallery, SUNY Orange, Middletown, 30 participants 2018 83rd Cooperstown Art Association National Exhibition, NY 2017 “Observations & Variations”, Blue Hill Art & Cultural Center, Pearl River, NJ 2017 Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival, Exhibition, Orange Hall Gallery, SUNY Orange, Middletown, 30 participants 2017 “Plein Air Plus” 2017 PaintOut, “Island Life” Exhibition, Long Beach Island Foundation, Loveladies, NJ 2016 “Art at the Arboretum”, Laurelwood Arboretum, Wayne, NJ, 10 person show 2014 “Watercolors and Collage from New Orleans”, Ariodante Gallery, New Orleans 2 person show 2013 Watercolors, Stray Cat Gallery, Bethel, NY 4 person show 2012 “Catskill Mountain Life”, Windsor Whip Works Gallery, Windsor, NY 3 person show 2011 “Spring Trio; paintings and prints”, Montgomery Row, Rhinebeck, NY 3 person show 2010 “Eyes of the World”, Ico Gallery, New York, NY 4 person show 2010” Velvet Waltz”, Ico Gallery, New York, NY 4 person show 2009 “Aqueous Open”, 63rd Annual International Exhibition, Pittsburg Watercolor Society, Pittsburg, PA 2008 2008 Merit Scholarship Exhibition The Art Students League of New York 2008 The Athlete and the Artist, National Art Museum of Sport, Indianapolis, IN 2006 Woodstock School of Art Regional Exhibition, Woodstock, NY 2006 27th International Juried Exhibition of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Scranton, PA 2005 26th International Juried Exhibition of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, PA 2004 25th International Juried Exhibition of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, The Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, New Castle, PA 2004 68th National Midyear Show of The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH 2003 Brush 2003, Ohio Bicentennial Watercolor Exhibition, Columbus, OH
Assumption College, Worcester, NY Holy Innocents Church, Halcottsville, NY Town of Middletown, Margaretville, NY Ulster & Delaware Historical RR Association, Arkville, NY
Throughout the Northeastern United States
“Another October Day in the Catskills”, watercolor chosen for the cover of Arts & Culture in the Central Catskills, Catskill Mountain Scenic Byway Audio Guide, 2017. http://www.sceniccatskills.com. Nature Inspired, Summer 2016, Poughkeepsie, NY, Falling Leaves Press, 2016. Artist illustrator Curator’s Award, En Plein Air 2014, Trailhead Museum, Abita Springs, LA, 2014 “New Orleans House”, Honorable Mention, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society Members Exhibition, 2013 Honorable Mention, North East Watercolor Society, Kent, CT, 2013 Curator’s Award, En Plein Air 2012, Trailhead Museum, Abita Springs, LA, 2012 Honorable Mention, North East Watercolor Society, Kent, CT 2011 Best of Show, North East Watercolor Society, Kent CT, 2010 Fantasy Fountain Fund Merit Award, The Art Studio League of New York, NY, 2007 Award of Excellence, 3rd Annual National Juried Barns & Farms Exhibition, Barnsite Art Studio and Gallery, Kewaunee, WI Portfolio Award, Cleveland Institute of Art, 1999
My Bragg Hollow Studio, Rhinebeckright in the middle of the quaint and historical village of Rhinebeck, NY in the picturesque Hudson Valley in NY State. I am often asked for studio visits by first time visitors who have seen my work somewhere or collectors and friends who have been following my career for some time. I welcome and enjoy such visits whether they result in a sale or not. I love sharing my work!