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Me c. 1998,

Somewhere on a Mountain




Designer | Photographer | Creative

My name is Alex Pillow and I’m from Apex, NC (just outside of Raleigh). I’m currently living in Boone, NC and attending Appalachian State University where I plan on receiving my BFA Graphic Design in May of 2021.

I’m heavily influenced by music, pop culture, fashion, and current trends. I take my interests and observe how they’ve influenced society, how they’ve changed, and try to think about ways they can be manipulated through art and design. I work with digital mediums, printed materials (books, posters, zines, etc.), digital and film photography, web design (HTML, CSS, Scripting) and various printing methods.

The Name?
“APyah'' stems from two things. Firstly, when I was a kid, my dad always called me AP (because of my initials), and I’ve always been fond of that. Secondly, I was into making music for a while and used the name ‘Yahweh’.  So, when I stopped making music for the time being, I figured I’d take the “yah” and mash it up with “AP’ to come up with my artist moniker. I mostly use this on social media for a bit of anonymity.


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Exhibitions, Installations


Books n’ Boonies
HOW Space, Boone NC
May 2021

3rd Hour, Senior Design Exhibition
Watauga Arts Council, Downtown Space
April 2021

Creative Justice Institute
Appalachian State, Belk Library + Podcast
April 2021

Shared Spaces, Spatial Systems Exhibition
Looking Glass Gallery
February-March 2021

45 Symbols: Phaistos Project
45symbols.com + Yearly Publication
July 2020
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Climate Stories Collaborative
HOW Space, Boone NC (Moved online due to COVID)
April 2020

Couch Conversations, Idea Lab Capstone Exhibition
Herbert Wey Hall, Appalachian State University
Fall 2019



Positions, Accolades


AIGA President
Appalachian State University
April 2020-April 2021

OSR Research Grant
Appalachian State University
Spring 2021

Chancellor’s List
Appalachian State University
2018-2021

Teaching Assistant
Typography III, Appalachian State
Fall 2020

Research Assistant
Offset Printing , Appalachian State
Fall 2020