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About

Rachel L. Means

Born on Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland

Lives & Works in Austin, TX area

 

Rachel Means is a visual artist. Some of her early experiences with art involved courses at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in D.C at age 12. However, it was not until 2014 that she embraced herself as an artist.

 

Through painting, sculpture and installation, she experiments with a range of materials to explore emotions, self-doubt, self-awareness, concealment, light and love. She responds to different architectural spaces and asks questions like: What variation occurs out of repetition? How can small parts build to contribute to a whole? What is the gesture of a gentle touch? The combination of the questioning, responding and experimenting gives tangibility to the felt qualities of her experience.

 

She is currently experimenting with mixed media sculpture inspired by reflections on the body as a vessel as well as the relationship between internal and external space. 

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Education

May 2018, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), Philadelphia, PA, M.F.A. 

 

2008 - 2012, Davidson College, Davidson, NC, B.A. in Studio Art

 

Grants & Awards 

2018 - MFA Faculty Award for exceptionally high quality work and positive influence over fellow students, PAFA

2014 - City of Tampa Black History Celebration Honoree for Community Involvement through Creativity, City of Tampa Black History Committee, Inc.

2008-2012 - Romare Howard Bearden Art Scholar, Davidson College

2011 - Dean Rusk Travel Grant Recipient to Mwandi, Zambia, Davidson College

 

Solo Exhibitions 

2017

9th Floor Gallery, PAFA, Philadelphia, PA 

2016

Grow Financial, Tampa, FL 

2015

Hillsborough Community College (Dale Mabry Campus), Tampa, FL 

2014

Tampa City Hall, Tampa, FL 

Black Student Fund's 50th Anniversary Gala, Washington, DC

 

2013

David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa, FL 

Christian Life Center, Tampa, FL 

 

2012

Edward M. Smith Gallery, Davidson, NC 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018

Pop Up Art Show, Divine Works, Philadelphia, PA

1969 Gallery, New York, NY 

117th Annual Student Exhibition, PAFA, Philadelphia, PA 

Crane Arts Hall Gallery, InLiquid Art + Design, Philadelphia, PA 

8th Floor Gallery, PAFA, Philadelphia, PA

N°BA Artspaces, Bala Cynwyd, PA 

2016

8th Floor Gallery, PAFA, Philadelphia, PA 

Tampa Covenant Church, Tampa, FL 

Glazer Children's Museum, Tampa, FL 

Santaella Studios for the Arts, Tampa, FL 

2015

Artnado Art Fair, West Palm Beach, FL 

Santaella Studios for the Arts, Tampa, FL 

2014

Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL 

 

2013

Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL