Alice Spencer was born in Colorado and grew up on the East Coast. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and continued her studies at the San Francisco Art Institute. She has lived and worked in Maine for over 40 years. During her career she has worked in many mediums including watercolor, acrylics and oils. She is also a printmaker and a cofounder of the Peregrine Press, a printmaking cooperative in Portland. Her current work is made with hand-made stencils.
Spencer has had 20 one-person exhibitions. Her work has been shown extensively
throughout Maine, New England and New York and was featured in exhibits at the
United States embassies in the Chile and Bosnia Herzegovina. She was one of 10 women painters exhibited at the United Nations “Ingredients for Peace Celebration” held in New York . Her paintings and prints are included in numerous museum and corporate collections including the Portland Museum of Art, the Colby College Museum of Art, Simmons College, United Technologies and the UNUM Corporation.
Spencer has taught printmaking at the Haystack School of Crafts in Deer Isle and the Maine College of Art Continuing Studies Program. She has also taught printmaking abroad in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and Zanzibar, Tanzania. She has served on the Board of the Maine College of Art and was chair of the City of Portland’s Public Art Committee. In 2009 she received the Maine College of Art’s state-wide Award for Leadership and Excellence in the Arts.
Spencer resides in Portland. She is married to Richard Spencer, an attorney, and has three grown children.