Statement & Resume



Artist Statement:
I am a collector. I stockpile images from my environment. I begin by spending time in a given area, photographing and making thumb nail sketches. A laundry list develops: the route to the post office, gum, litter, shorelines, a document of place and time. I examine some parts very closely and visually dissect sections of the land, a fly, a petal. The result of my experience is a series of small panel paintings in acrylic and gouache. Many layers of color are built up and worked into directly with sandpaper and wood cutting tools. The final images have the atmosphere of partially told stories. They hint at the ineffable qualities of relationships.


M.F.A. Printmaking, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI  (1997)
B.A. S.U.N.Y. at
Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, NY, (1992)


Selected Awards and Honors:


Printmaking Fellowship, Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY
Residency/Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Class of 1930 Purchase Award
, Wisconsin Union Directorate, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Typocrafters Scholar
, Typocrafters ’95, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
Nina Winkel Scholarship
for Academic Excellence, SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, NY
Tony Papa Award for Academic Excellence, SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, NY

Selected Exhibitions:


Zg Gallery, “Sextet: Six Contemporary Artists,” Chicago, IL review
Zg Gallery,
“Summer Show '05,” Chicago, IL


Wisconsin Academy Gallery, "A Decade of Art from the Academy," Madison, WI


Zg Gallery, “As Small As Possible,” Chicago, IL
The BioPharmaceutical Technology Center, “
4 Painters 4 Perspectives”, Madison, WI
Bowman, Penelec
& Megahan Art Galleries, Allegheny College, Painting Beyond Convention, “ Meadville, PA
Zg Gallery
, “Compendium,” Chicago, IL
Unit B Gallery, “Sketches, Scrawls, Scribbles and Such,” Chicago, IL
Drive-Thru Studios
, “Dark Spring: Selected Works from the Open Vault”, Chicago, IL


Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design Gallery, “Artbite: Melange,” Milwaukee, WI
Zg Gallery, “12” x 12” A Group Show”, Chicago, IL
Zg Gallery, “Promise” Rachel Davis, Recent Paintings, Chicago, IL
Evergreen State College Galleries, Here,  Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
Metropolitan Gallery, Artbite at the Met, Dodgeville, WI
Center of Contemporary Art, Slop Showroom Tour (Traveling Exhibit): St Louis, MO; Univ. of New Hampshire,
Durham, NH;
St Mary’s College, South Bend, IN; College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, MN

2001  Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters, Topophilia, Madison, WI
Bluseed Gallery, Four Play (Traveling Exhibition): Saranac Lake, NY; The Mist Grill Gallery; Waterbury, VT;
113 Ludlow, NY, NY; Arts Center/South Florida, Miami Beach, FL; The Pro Gallery, College of the Bahamas,
Nassau, Bahamas

Adirondack Center for the Arts
, Harvest,  Blue Mountain Lake, NY
Period Gallery
, All Media III Invitational International Art Exhibition,  Omaha, NE
2000  Stage Gallery, Abstraction for a New Millennium, Merrick, NY
Wendy Cooper Gallery
, Wendy’s Wonderland, Madison, WI
1999 A.R.C. Gallery, You’re Standing In It, Chicago, IL
North Valley Arts League, Small Print,  Redding, CA

Special Collections, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Silver Buckle Press Retrospective, Madison, WI
Rockford Art Museum, 65th Stateline Vicinity Show,  Rockford, IL
Barrett House Galleries
, Printworks ’98, Poughkeepsie, NY
Art Council Gallery
, Midwest Miniatures ’98, Cape Girardeau, MO
Paint Creek Center for the Arts
, National Juried Show, Rochester, MI
Studio 107
, Frameless: Works on Paper, Whiteville, NC
Wright Museum of Art
, Outside Constraints: Extending the Medium Beloit, WI

1997  Holter Museum of Fine Art, ANA 26, Helena, MT
1996 Artlink Gallery, 16th National Print Exhibition, Fort Wayne, IN
1995 Isis Gallery, University of Notre Dame, Typocrafters ’95, South Bend, IN
1994  Madison Civic Center, Fieldwork: A Lakes Project, Madison, WI


School of Museum of Fine Arts,  Boston, Teachers and Students (Traveling Exhibition), MA; State Univ. of IL,
Normal, IL; Univ.of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN Multi-Focus, Meyers F.A. Gallery, SUNY, Plattsburgh, NY


2006 Rachel Davis: Botanical Interludes, Prairie Smoke, Review by Victor Cassidy, Art Net, January 11, 2006
2005 The Power to Prompt Change, Review of Sextet by Joanne Hinkle, Red Streak, Chigaco, Oct. 20, 2005
1999  Specimen Book of Wood Type.  Design, typesetting, and preface. Silver Buckle Press, Madison, WI, Jan. 1999
1998  Harper’s Ferry Review. Cover Art: Family Affair. Tempe, AZ, Oct. 1998
1997   Blessings. Chapbook illustrations. Ron Wallace, Silver Buckle Press, Madison, WI, Jan. 1997

Grants and Commissions:


Botanical illustrations, Sedges of UW Arboretum.  Citizens Natural Resources Association, Oshkosh, WI
Children’s sensory boxes for Barnstorm Wisconsin.  Wisconsin Humanities Council, Madison, WI

Prospectus for Sedges of UW Arboretum.  University of Wisconsin Arboretum, Madison, WI

1996 Heartbreak. Broadside design and letterpress illustrations. National Award for Brittingham Prize in Poetry,
Juanita Brunk, Madison, WI, Feb. 1996

Permanent Collections:
Golda Meir Library, Special Collections, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Union Directorate, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

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