Alexa Meade, an award-winning California-based artist, shared her innovative painting process with Newark Academy visual arts students in the Fall of 2019. Alexa applies paint to the human body and three-dimensional spaces to create the illusion that our reality is a two-dimensional painted dreamscape. Her unique approach has gained worldwide acclaim and her ability to move between dimensions has fascinated people across disciplines. She has collaborated with space-time researchers at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, created illusions with the world-renowned magician David Blaine, and painted on the body of pop star Ariana Grande for her iconic “God is Woman'' music video. Students had the unique opportunity to interact with and ask questions of a world-renowned artist, whose work the students had seen in pop culture. In turn, they received inspiration through her story and work. “If you’re passionate about something, just do it...You never know where it’s going to lead,” Alexa told NA art students about her journey which began with a dream of being a politician and eventually brought her to becoming an award-winning artist. Visits from working artists, including the annual Artist-in-Residence program, are made possible through the generosity of NA alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends.