McCurdy is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (BFA) and the Cardiff Institute of Higher Learning in Wales (Master in 3D Design – Ceramics). She was an Associate Curator of Ceramics at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and has shown her work both nationally and internationally.
Her most notable solo exhibitions include The Ties That Bind at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo, Ontario, and two solo traveling exhibitions; Mothers/Daughters, which originated at Halifax’s Mary E. Black Gallery, and S.O.S: Sources of Support, originating at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, which traveled to the Confederation Centre for the Arts, PEI and to the Burlington Arts Centre, Ontario. As well, she recently had a touring retrospective of her work, titled The Fabric of Clay, originating at the Burlington Art Centre in Ontario, and travelling to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in New Brunswick and to Saint Mary's University Art Gallery, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Alexandra’s work is in the permanent collections of the International Museum of Ceramics at Faenza, Italy; the Burlington Art Centre, the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, and the Gardiner Museum all in Ontario; the Victoria Art Gallery in British Columbia; the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in New Brunswick; the Saint Mary's University Art Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia; the Canadiana Fund and the Royal Ontario Museum; the Art Bank of Nova Scotia; the Nova Scotia Museum; the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council. As well, her work is in numerous private collections.
Reviews of her work and articles about her career have been included in ceramic-focused periodicals including Australia’s prestigious Ceramics: Art and Perception, American Ceramics and Ceramics Monthly from the US, and Canada’s Contact, Fusion, Arts Atlantic, Ontario Craft, and Visual Arts Nova Scotia. Alexandra was inducted to the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts in May, 2015.