Rachele Riley (b. 1972) is an artist, graphic designer, and educator. Rachele’s work investigates fragmented archives, abstraction and gesture, and the poetics of data, image, and technology. Her research is motivated by an interest in the visual relationships between conflict, representation, and place and the reconciliation of this within culture.

Rachele has presented, published, and exhibited her works in national and international settings — at the Baltic Centre in Gateshead, UK (2013); SIGGRAPH in Vancouver, Canada (2014); Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York (2019), among others.  Her self-directed web-based multimedia project The Evolution of Silence, launched in 2013, explores the impact of forty-one years of post-WWII nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site, and was honored by The Webby Awards (2014) and by AIGA Philadelphia Design Awards (2017). Recently-commissioned identity design work was recognized by Communication Arts Magazine (Typography Annual) (2018). Her design work has been published in Print Magazine Design Regional (2008) and featured in Motion Design by Matthew Woolman (2004). She has worked as a graphic designer for the Smithsonian Institution’s Folklife Festival (The Silk Road), National Public Radio, and the National Park Service, VCU School of the Arts, and continues her design work on a freelance and commission basis.

She has participated in DesignInquiry (DI), a non-profit group dedicated to exploring creative research in design for a number of years, serving on DI’s Board of Directors from 2013–2015—where her main service involved a team-based redesign DI’s website and the co-coordination of a design research project that took place in Detroit, MI. She occasionally collaborates, exhibits, and presents with friends, Daniel McCafferty and Joshua Singer, on the Different Data project. Rachele is engaged in multifaceted generative-, web-based, field- and archival- research activities, made possible in part by funding received for her creative work from academic and foundation sources.

Rachele earned her BS in Studio Art from New York University (NYU), her Vordiplom in Kommunikationsdesign from the Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle in Germany, and her MFA in Design/Visual Communication from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Born and raised in Washington, D.C., she has also lived in New York, Richmond, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Urbana, onsite at National Parks in CA, AZ and TX, and abroad for four years, in Halle, Germany. She has taught graphic design at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is currently living and working in Greensboro, NC and is Assistant Professor in New Media and Design at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


Rachele Riley’s CV

Web presence

Interviews and press

Interview with Ali McGhee (2018, Holler)
Live radio interview at Cumulus, Milan, Italy (2015)
Design Inquiry: Futurespective
Ambiguous Territory