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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. 



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 


9th Floor Gallery, PAFA, Philadelphia, PA 


Grow Financial, Tampa, FL 


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


Tampa City Hall, Tampa, FL 

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



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

Christian Life Center, Tampa, FL 



Edward M. Smith Gallery, Davidson, NC 

Selected Group Exhibitions


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 


8th Floor Gallery, PAFA, Philadelphia, PA 

Tampa Covenant Church, Tampa, FL 

Glazer Children's Museum, Tampa, FL 

Santaella Studios for the Arts, Tampa, FL 


Artnado Art Fair, West Palm Beach, FL 

Santaella Studios for the Arts, Tampa, FL 


Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL 



Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL