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Rachele Riley is a graphic designer and artist living and working in Greensboro, NC (USA). Her multi-faceted, conceptual, and formally-driven work investigates the representation of conflict and place. Her approach to design and art is to fluctuate between poetic, methodical, and random processes. In her work, she also focuses critically on the interpretation of data—often interweaving layers that are disorienting with those that are concrete. Traversing the media contexts of print, motion, and web—her work aims to situate the viewer in an experiential, ambiguous, and reflective space.
Her works have been exhibited in the U.S. and abroad—most recently (upcoming September 2017) in Ambiguous Territory at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI; in Artifact and Process at the Weeks Gallery in Jamestown, NY (curated by Jason Dilworth); at NORDES 2015: Design Ecologies at Konstfack in Stockholm, SWEDEN (with Joshua Singer and Daniel McCafferty). She exhibited in the SIGGRAPH 2014 Art Gallery in Vancouver, CANADA (curated by Basak Senova) and at the Baltic Center for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, UK, in conjunction with the 2013 Praxis and Poetics Conference.
She has recently presented her work at the 2017 AIGA DEC Frontier in Bozeman, MT (with Joshua Singer); VCU’s Department of Graphic Design in Richmond, VA in 2016 (with Joshua Singer and Dan McCafferty) and the 2016 College Art Association Conference in Washington, D.C. Recent international presentations and workshops have been 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 (all 2015). She recently designed the logo for Holler—an online arts and culture forum serving the creative community of western North Carolina (and beyond). As a participant at the Penland School of Crafts in summer 2016 she began work on two new series, Beauty Piece and Get Stuck in Trees. She is published in Studies in Material Thinking, Special Issue: Visual/Textual (2015), Leonardo/Journal of Arts, Sciences, and Technology (2014) and DesignInquiry publications, ‘Berlin’ and ‘Make/Do’—as well as Print Magazine Regional Annual 2008 and Motion Design (Woolman, 2004).
Her project, The Evolution of Silence, has been recognized by the AIGA Philadelphia Design Design Awards (2017) and by The Webby Awards as an Official Honoree in NetArt (2014). She has received support for her work through faculty grants, as well as external research funding from the DigitalGlobe Foundation and the USA Projects Open Match Fund.
She is currently Assistant Professor in the New Media and Design program at the University of North Carolina Greensboro—where she teaches courses in graphic design, image-making, and typography. From 2013–2015, she served on the Board of Directors for DesignInquiry. 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).