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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.

 

Considering the intimacy and subtleties of relationships continues to influence her making. Through drawing, painting, sculpture, and installation, she focuses on the seen and unseen aspects of relationships like a moment of touch or shared vulnerability.

 

Currently, the shape, fragility, life, and intimacy of budding flowers, primarily lilies, help Means reconsider the body and aspects of its interiority as it relates to exteriority. By experimenting and remaining responsive to materials and environments, she embraces the ebb and flow rhythm of abstraction in her work.

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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

2019

East Austin Studio Tour, The Parish House, Austin, TX

 

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