Rachele Riley is a graphic designer, artist, and educator living and working in Urbana, Illinois (USA). Her multi-faceted work investigates the representation of conflict and place. Her approach to art, design, and research involves both poetic and methodical processes, and focuses critically on the collection, generation, and interpretation of data. In her non-linear narrative work, layers of the imaginary, emotional, invisible, and disorienting are interwoven with those that are concrete. Traversing the contexts of print, motion, and interaction, her multimedia work aims to situate the viewer in an experiential, ambiguous, and reflective space. In addition to her independent work, she collaborates with Joshua Singer and Dan McCafferty on a project called, Different Data.
Her works have been exhibited in the U.S. and abroad—at the Weeks Gallery, Jamestown, NY in ‘Artifacts and Process’; SIGGRAPH in Vancouver, Canada (in 2014) and at the Baltic Center for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, UK (in 2013), among others. She has published in journals— Studies in Material Thinking, Special Issue: Visual/Textual (2015), Leonardo/Journal of Arts, Sciences, and Technology (2014)—and is included in Print Magazine Regional Annual 2008 and in Motion Design (Woolman, 2004). She regularly presents at conferences, most recently at the CUMULUS: The Virtuous Circle (with Joshua Singer) in Milan, Italy, at Nordic Design Research (NORDES): Design Ecologies in Stockholm, Sweden, at the Art and Cartography Commission: Mapping Ephemeralities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and at DesignInquiry: NoQuo in Vinalhaven, ME (all 2015). Her ongoing project, The Evolution of Silence, was recognized by the 18th Annual Webby Awards as an Official Honoree in NetArt. She has received support from faculty research funding, and through external research grants from the DigitalGlobe Foundation and the USA Projects Open Match Fund.
She is currently Assistant Professor in Graphic Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she teaches courses in Graphic Design, Typography, Methods, and Design Research. From 2013–2015, she served on the Board of Directors for DesignInquiry—a non-profit educational organization devoted to researching design issues in intensive team-based gatherings. She holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Design / Visual Communication from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCU) (2005), a Vordiplom in Kommunikationsdesign from the Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle in Germany (2001), and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Studio Art from New York University (NYU) (1994).