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I’m Alanna Stapleton, an illustrator currently based in Minneapolis. I work with digital illustration and hand-embroidery to explore the humor found in everyday experiences. Using bold limited color palettes and hand-lettering, I like to make work about badass ladies.

My work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators NY and been shown at Gowanus Print Lab, Soo Visual Arts Center, Light Grey Art Lab, the Textile Center, and more. I was a contributing illustrator to Rookie Mag and I am currently an instructor at the Textile Center in Minneapolis. I hold a BFA in illustration from Northern Michigan University and an MFA in Visual Studies with a concentration in Illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

My interests include but are not limited to: having an encyclopedic knowledge of Parks and Recreation, sitting in coffee shops, thinking about horses, and finding a way to travel and draw forever.

Check out Sisters & Seams, a year-long collaborative project where my sister, Brianna, and I explore the boundaries of fabric, thread, and our sisterly bond.

Let's work together!  

Contact me for commissions, opportunities, questions, or your thoughts on the great Pie vs. Cake debate (I am Team Pie.) Get in touch at staples.alanna@gmail.com.

Select Recent Exhibitions

Jun-Aug 2018 Foodways MCAD Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Mar 2018 Artists In The Kitchen, Textile Center, Minneapolis, MN

Feb 2018 SooVAC + MCAD MFA: An Exhibition in Honor of Suzy Greenberg, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN

Jan-Feb 2018 Winterland: Celebrating Makers and Their Craft, Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis, MN

Jul-Aug 2016 Comic and Cartoon Art Annual 2016 Exhibit, Short Form and Digital Media, Society of Illustrators, New York, NY


NEMAA / Pollen Midwest / Growler MagRookie Mag / The Store at Mia / Patrick's Cabaret / Bean Pole Farm