Rachele Riley is a visual artist, designer, and educator with 15 years of professional art and teaching experience. She earned a BS in Studio Art from New York University (1994), a Vordiplom in Communication Design from the Burg Giebichenstein School of Art and Design in Halle, Germany (2001), and a MFA in Design/Visual Communication from Virginia Commonwealth University (2005). She has worked as a graphic designer for various cultural and commercial organizations, including the Smithsonian Institution, National Public Radio, and the National Park Service. Rachele has been recognized by the AIGA Philadelphia Design Awards (2017) and The Webby Awards (2014) for her web-based multimedia piece, The Evolution of Silence, which visualizes the impact of nuclear testing at The Nevada Test Site; and by Communication Arts Magazine (Typography Annual) for her recent identity design for Holler (2018). Her self-directed creative work at times involves a field- and archival-research component, and has received support through grants from the DigitalGlobe Foundation, USA Projects Open Match Fund, and from University of North Carolina Greensboro, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and University of North Carolina Charlotte. She has presented and exhibited her work nationally and internationally, and from 2013–2015, she served on the Board of Directors for DesignInquiry— a non-profit dedicated to exploring creative research in design — where she co-coordinated and participated in multiphase design research projects that took place in Detroit, MI and Berlin, Germany. Rachele has traveled widely and also has lived abroad—in Halle, Germany from 1997 to 2001. She is currently Assistant Professor in the New Media and Design program at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.