Rachele Riley is a multimedia artist and graphic designer passionate about typography, code, imaging, visual data and language. She is focussed on shaping poetic, empathetic, and research-based approaches to art and visual communication. Her multi-faceted work explores representations of conflict and the relationships between history, change, and environment, and is deeply engaged with the material systems of archives. She is interested in creating generative context-driven works that visually and conceptually inspire thought, feeling, and action.

Rachele has presented, published, and exhibited her work in national and international settings—at Artist Replete Gallery in Chicago, IL (2024); at 1708’s Gallery InLight21 in Richmond, VA (2021); at Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York (2019); the Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, NC (2018); the Baltic Centre in Gateshead, UK (2013); and at SIGGRAPH in Vancouver, Canada (2014), among other venues. Her project, The Evolution of Silence (launched in 2013), which explores the impact of forty-one years of post-WWII nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site, was named an Official Honoree in NetArt by The Webby Awards (2014) and also recognized by AIGA Philadelphia Design Awards (2017). Her design work has been recognized by  Communication Arts Magazine (Typography Annual) (2018), Print Magazine’s Design Regional (2008), and is featured in the book, Motion Design (Woolman, 2004). She has collaborated with Daniel McCafferty and Joshua Singer on Different Data (a project that explores design systems relating to cities, dynamics, and resources) and with participants of DesignInquiry (DI) from 2011–2016.

Rachele holds a MFA in Design/Visual Communication from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), a Vordiplom in Communication Design from the Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle in Germany, and a BS in Studio Art from New York University (NYU). She is currently Associate Professor of New Media and Design and the College of Visual and Performing Arts Graphic Designer at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

CV (curriculum vitae selected 2007–present)
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Rachele Riley, born in Washington, D.C.

2005—MFA, Design/Visual Communication, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
2001—Vordiplom, Communication Design, Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule, Halle, Germany
1994—BS, Studio Art, New York University, New York, NY
1990—Washington International School, Washington, DC

2018—Award of Excellence, Typography, Communication Arts
2017—AIGA Philadelphia Design Award, Philadelphia, PA
2014—Official Honoree in NetArt, The Webby Awards
2008—Print Magazine Design Regional Issue

Full-time Faculty Positions
2023–present—University of North Carolina Greensboro, Associate Professor of New Media and Design, Greensboro, NC (tenured)
2017–2023—University of North Carolina Greensboro, Assistant Professor of New Media and Design, Greensboro, NC (tenure-track)
2014–2017—University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, Champaign, IL (tenure-track)
2009–2014—The University of the Arts, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, Philadelphia, PA
2007–2009—University of North Carolina Charlotte, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, Charlotte, NC (tenure-track)
2005–2007—Virginia Commonwealth University, Administrative Director & Assistant Professor of Kinetic Imaging, Richmond, VA

2024—Artist Replete Gallery, Chicago, IL
2022—Art Produce Gallery, Posters of Optimism, San Diego, CA
2021—1708 Gallery’s InLight 2021, Richmond, VA
2021—Marking Time, Horace Williams House (with Susan Finer), Chapel Hill, NC
2019—Acid Rain, Attic 506, Chapel Hill, NC
2019—DesignInquiry: Futurespective, Institute of Contemporary Art, MECA, Portland, ME
2019—Another Potato Chip Weekend, Gallery Oneoneone Annex, Carrboro, NC
2019—Ambiguous Territory [traveling], Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca, NY
2019—Black Hole/Atomic City, Sanitary Tortilla Factory, Albuquerque, NM
2019—Ambiguous Territory [traveling], Pratt Manhattan Gallery, NY
2018—Digital Disobedience, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
2018Cucalorus Film Festival, Wilmington, NC
2018—Ambiguous Territory [traveling], University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
2017—Ambiguous Territory: Architecture, Landscape, and the Postnatural, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
2016—AIGA Philadelphia Design Awards Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA
2016—Data Materialities, SIGGRAPH 2016 Art Gallery, Anaheim, CA
2016—Artifact and Process, Weeks Gallery, Jamestown, NY
2015—Different Data Detroit+Stockholm, NORDES 2015, Stockholm, Sweden (with Joshua Singer and Daniel McCafferty)
2014—Different Data Detroit, Depe Space/MOCAD, Detroit, MI (with Joshua Singer, Daniel McCafferty, and Patricio Davila)
2014—Acting in Translation, SIGGRAPH 2014 Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (curated by Basak Senova)
2013—Praxis and Poetics, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art,  Gateshead, UK
2010—Art in the AirPECO Crown Lights, Philadelphia, PA
2009—Art in Academia, Space 301, Mobile, AL
2008—Media X,1708 Gallery,  Richmond, VA
2008—Overload Virtual Art Collection, Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Athens, GA
2008—Paperwork In, On, and Of Paper IV, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO
2007—Gallery 400, Pathogeographies: Or Other People’s Baggage, Chicago, IL
2007—Titles: An Exhibition of Artists’ Book Works, Balfour Books, Toronto, Canada
2007—The Drawing Room, Fine Arts Gallery VCU, Richmond, VA

2022Ambiguous Territory exhibition catalog, Actar Publishers
2019AIGA Frontier conference proceedings (with Joshua Singer)
2018Displacements journal. Reality/Fiction, Vol.2, pg 50–54, GIPC Cultural Landscape Research Group, Madrid, Spain
2016Design Cities: Berlin, DesignInquiry publisher
2015Reflections on Research through Design, Studies in Material Thinking: Visual/Textual, Vol 13, Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
2015Cumulus: The Virtuous Circle, conference proceedings (with Joshua Singer)
2014Leonardo, Journal of Arts, Sciences and Technology, SIGGRAPH 2014, Volume 47, Number 4
2013Praxis and Poetics: Research Through Design, conference proceedings
2013—Make/Do, DesignInquiry publisher
2009—White Space in Design, Sandra Wheeler, Angela Patchell Books
2008—100’s Visual logos & Letterheads, Matt Woolman, Angela Patchell Books, p.26
2008—Print Magazine Regional Design Annual 2008

Lectures + Presentations
2024Artist talk, College Art Association Conference, Chicago, IL
20211708 Gallery, virtual
2020Southeastern College Art Conference, virtual
2016AIGA Design Educators Conference, Frontier, Bozeman, MT
2016VCU, Department of Graphic Design, Richmond, VA (with Joshua Singer and Daniel McCafferty)
2016SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, NY
2016Weeks Gallery, Gallery talk ‘Artifact and Process,’ Jamestown, NY
2016College Art Association Conference, Design Colloquium, Washington, D.C.
2015Mapping Ephemeralities, Art & Cartography, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2015DesignInquiry NO QUO, Vinalhaven, ME
2015EuDesignRadio, Live interview at Cumulus, Milan, Italy (with Joshua Singer)
2015Cumulus: The Virtuous Circle, Milan, Italy (with Joshua Singer)
2014GIS Day—Discovering the World through GIS, Champaign, IL
2014Re: the City, Humanities Center Symposium, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
2014Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
2014SIGGRAPH 2014 Art Gallery Talks, Vancouver, Canada
2013New Paradigms in Teaching and Learning, AICAD Symposium, Baltimore, MD
2013Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA
2013Praxis and Poetics: Research Through Design, Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
2013DesignInquiry Station, Vinalhaven, ME
2012Remaking Research, AICAD Symposium, Vancouver, Canada
2012DesignInquiry/Design City: Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2012Texas State University San Marcos, San Marcos, TX
2011—DesignInquiry: Make/Do, Vinalhaven, ME
2010—College Art Association Conference, Chicago, IL
2009—College Art Association Conference | ARTspace, Los Angeles, CA
2008—Southeastern College Art Conference, (presented with Stephanie Hutin), New Orleans, LA

Workshops + Learning
2022Generative Typography (workshop with Lynne Yun & Kevin Yeh), Type at Cooper, Cooper Union
2021Pattern and Animation with Python & Drawbot (workshop with Maurice Meilleur), Typographics Festival
2021Animating with Risographs (workshop with Kelli Anderson)
2021Artist-centred Platforms (workshop with Craig Fahner)
2021Python for Visual Designers (workshop with David Jonathan Ross), Type at Cooper
2021Creative Writing with Computation (workshop with Allison Parrish), Anderson Ranch Arts Center
2021Coding for Artists P5.js (workshop with Ari Melenciano), Anderson Ranch Arts Center
2019Blow-Up: Exploration and Discovery (workshop with Casey Reas), Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO
2018Animating Video with Code: Generative Cinema (workshop with Casey Reas), Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO
2016Text as Image, Type as Thought (workshop with Marianne Dages), Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

2024Dean’s Creative Research Award, University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG)
2023Dean’s Creative Research Award, UNCG
2022Dean’s Creative Research Award, UNCG
2021Dean’s Creative Research Award, UNCG
2021—Faculty Research Leave, UNCG
2020—Dean’s Creative Research Award, UNCG
Faculty Research Grant, UNCG
2019—Faculty First Research Grant, UNCG
2019—Dean’s Creative Research Award, UNCG
2018—Dean’s Creative Research Award, UNCG
2017—Dean’s Creative Research Award, UNCG
2016—Work Study Scholarship, Penland School of Craft
2015—Creative Research Award, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
2014—Faculty Academic Development Fund, The University of the Arts
2012—Faculty Research Semester Course Release, UArts
2011—Faculty Enrichment Grant, UArts
2013—Hatchfund Open Match Fund
2012—The DigitalGlobe Foundation Imagery Grant
2008—Center for Humanities, Technology and Science, University of North Carolina Charlotte
2008—Faculty Research Grant, UNCC
2007—College of Arts and Sciences Small Grant, UNCC

Artist Residencies
2015—DesignInquiry NoQuo, Vinalhaven, ME
2014—DEPE Space—DesignInquiry, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI
2014—DesignInquiry DesignCity, Detroit, MI
2013—DesignInquiry Station, Vinalhaven, ME
2012—DesignInquiry DesignCity, Berlin, Germany
2011DesignInquiry Make/Do, Vinalhaven, ME
2007Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Amherst, VA

Graphic Design Experience
2023–presentUniversity of North Carolina Greensboro, CVPA Graphic Designer, Greensboro, NC
2023–presentSchool of Art, UNCG
2023College of Visual and Performing Arts, UNCG
2023Ideas on Purpose
2021Leah Sobsey
2020Tungsten Branding
2020LEA Studios, LLC, LEA logo
2019Sheryl Oring, Mauer Broadcast
2019Barbara Campbell Thomas, Thisness
2017Revolve/MAP, Holler logo
2015Kid Owned and Operated Play (KOOP), logotype and identity system
2011UArts, Creative Director & Co-Coordinator, Active Territory
2011College of Media Arts and Communication, UArts, Design Does
2009—College of Arts and Architecture, UNCC
2009—Ron Johnson
2008—Stephen Vitiello, Four Sounds
2007—Department of Sculpture + Extended Media, VCU, Ann Agee
2007—Graduate Artists Association, VCU, MFA Thesis exhibition publication

Type Directors Club, Member
Letterform Archive, Member
AIGA, Member
DesignInquiry, Member, Board of Directors
DesignInquiry, Participant
New Media Caucus, Member
College Art Association, Member

Processing, p5.js, Python, Jupyter Notebook, Drawbot
HTML, CSS, Glitch, WordPress, Figma
Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, AfterEffects, Premiere, Media Encoder, Acrobat)
Zoom, Slack, Microsoft Office, Keynote, Google Workspace

English (native)


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