Lexie Abra Millikan
Lexie Abra Millikan was greatly influenced by the rural surroundings she grew up in. Her parents chose to live a simplified "back to the land" lifestyle, so she was taught to reuse, use up, and make do. Because Millikan took a meandering road to college, she had the chance to pursue many career paths and hobbies such as working as a pastry chef in a French bakery, doing R&D for a granola company, and raising chickens in a barn outside her home. In 2015, Millikan received her BFA in the Fiber Department of the Kansas City Art Institute. She employs traditional textile processes such as quilting, weaving, and surface design, and engages the public through participatory projects inspired by relational aesthetics. Millikan recently left her position as technician and lecturer in the Fiber Department at the Kansas City Art Institute to pursue a new path: Fiber Artist-In-Residence at the Paducah School of Art & Design in Paducah, Kentucky.