During the 2009 - 2010 school year Alex was a junior at he Oak Park - River Forest high school. He requested funds from the
Laura Southwick Foundation to cover part of the costs related to internship with Mike Helbing, a nationally recognized metal sculptor located in Chicago.
Pennie Ebsen, Alex's high school art teacher, wrote the following: Alex "looks to expand his art making skills in a large metal sculpting class with Mike Helbing, a metal sculptor who at one time even worked with the renowned Richard Hunt." "He would come into the class in the fall with an understanding of the challenges of working with metal on a large scale, and able to model respect for this artistic process to his peers...."
Here is a sample of a few pieces of Alex's work that he produced in 2008 through 2010: