June 07, 2016

Alexis Cohen-Pena’09

Alexis is a Chicago based artist and performer working at Renaissance Faires and Conventions across the country.
  • Alexis Cohen-Pena’09

I am an artist and a performer, based in Chicago, Illinois. I work as a character actor at multiple Renaissance Faires and Conventions across the country, doing street performances and stage shows. Additionally I have semi-regular gigs as a festival vendor, tarot reader, seamstress and freelance writer. I am also a licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Illinois, and currently employed at the FFC Spa in Lincoln Park.

Thinking back, I feel my Studio Art major has best served me by acting as a reminder for how important creativity is to me. While I never pursued any of the careers directly associated with the major (i.e. producing gallery-level art) I found myself constantly returning to artistic pursuits, often by unconventional means. Ultimately I concluded that I had picked the right major (in a very general sense) and art was going to be a big part of my life regardless of whether it hung on a wall or on someone’s face.

For me, work and play are best when they are blended, and I seek to earn a living doing many things that I love, and only a few that I don’t.

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