Rachele Riley
Born in Washington, D.C.


MFA in Design/Visual Communication, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA / 2005
Vordiplom in Kommunikationsdesign, Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle, Germany / 2001
BS in Studio Art, New York University, New York, NY / 1994


Dean’s Creative Research Award, UNCG / 2019
Faculty First Research Grant, UNCG / 2019
Dean’s Creative Research Award, University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG) / 2018
Award of Excellence, Typography Annual, Communication Arts / 2018
AIGA Philadelphia Design Awards / 2017
Work Study Scholarship, Penland School of Crafts / 2016
Creative Research Award, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) / 2015
The Webby Awards (Official Honoree in NetArt) / 2014
Faculty Academic Development Fund, University of the Arts (UArts) / 2014
Hatchfund Open Match Fund (formerly USA Projects) / 2013
The DigitalGlobe Foundation Imagery Grant / 2012
Faculty Research Semester Course Release, UArts /2012
Faculty Enrichment Grant, UArts / 2011
Center for Humanities, Technology and Science, University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC) / 2008
Faculty Research Grant, UNCC / 2008
College of Arts and Sciences Small Grant, UNCC / 2007
Outstanding MFA Student in Design Award, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) / 2005
Travel Award to Doha, Qatar, VCU / 2005
Travel Grant to Berlin, Germany, VCU / 2004
Graduate Teaching Assistantship, VCU / 2004
Graduate Studies Fellowship, VCU / 2003–2004

+ media + press

Visual Communication: Rachele Riley’s New Mappings of History, Space, and Place,’ interview by Ali McGhee, Holler, July 23, 2018.
Different Data Detroit (+ Stockholm)’ (with Joshua Singer) and ‘The Evolution of Silence,’ live interview on EU Design Radio, Milan, Italy. June 5, 2015.

+ PRESENTATIONS + lectures + workshops

AIGA Design Educators Conference, Frontier, Bozeman, MT / 2016
VCU, Department of Graphic Design, Richmond, VA (with Joshua Singer and Daniel McCafferty) / 2016
SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, NY / 2016
Weeks Gallery, Gallery talk ‘Artifact and Process,’ Jamestown, NY / 2016
College Art Association Conference, Design Colloquium, Washington, D.C. / 2016
Mapping Ephemeralities, Art & Cartography, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / 2015
DesignInquiry NO QUO, Vinalhaven, ME / 2015
EuDesignRadio, Live interview at Cumulus, Milan, Italy (with Joshua Singer) / 2015
Cumulus: The Virtuous Circle, Milan, Italy (with Joshua Singer) / 2015
GIS Day—Discovering the World through GIS, Champaign, IL /2014
Re: the City, Humanities Center Symposium,
 Wayne State University, Detroit, MI / 2014
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI / 2014
SIGGRAPH 2014 Art Gallery Talks, Vancouver, Canada / 2014
New Paradigms in Teaching and Learning, AICAD Symposium, Baltimore, MD / 2013
Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA / 2013
Praxis and Poetics: Research Through Design, 
Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK / 2013
DesignInquiry Station, Vinalhaven, ME / 2013
Remaking Research, AICAD Symposium, Vancouver, Canada / 2012
DesignInquiry/Design City: Berlin, Berlin, Germany / 2012
Texas State University San Marcos, San Marcos, TX / 2012
DesignInquiry: Make/Do, Vinalhaven, ME / 2011
College Art Association Conference, Chicago, IL / 2010
College Art Association Conference | ARTspace, Los Angeles, CA / 2009
Southeastern College Art Conference, New Orleans, LA (with Stephanie Hutin) / 2008
Southeastern College Art Conference, Charleston, WV / 2007
Southeastern College Art Conference, Nashville, TN / 2006


Acid Rain, Attic 506, Chapel Hill, NC, November 8, 2019.
DesignInquiry: Futurespective, Institute of Contemporary Art, MECA, Portland, ME, October 4–December 14, 2019.
Another Potato Chip Weekend, Gallery Oneoneone Annex, Carrboro, NC, September 13–October 12, 2019.
Ambiguous Territory [traveling], Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca, NY. August– December, 2019.
Black Hole/Atomic City, Sanitary Tortilla Factory, Albuquerque, NM, August 2– 30, 2019.
Ambiguous Territory [traveling], Pratt Manhattan Gallery, NY. December 2018–February 2019.
Digital Disobedience, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, December 2018.
Ambiguous Territory [traveling], University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. Fall 2018.
Ambiguous Territory: Architecture, Landscape, and the Postnatural. [traveling], University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI / 2017
AIGA Philadelphia Design Awards Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA / 2016
Weeks Gallery, Artifact and Process, Jamestown, NY. Curated by Jason Dilworth / 2016
NORDES 2015: Design Ecologies, Stockholm, Sweden (with Joshua Singer and Daniel McCafferty) / 2015
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI (with Joshua Singer, Daniel McCafferty, and Patricio Davila) / 2014
SIGGRAPH 2014, Art Gallery, Acting in Translation, Vancouver, Canada. Curated by Basak Senova / 2014
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Praxis and Poetics, Gateshead, UK / 2013
PECO Crown Lights, Art in the Air, Philadelphia, PA / 2010
Space 301, Art in Academia, Mobile, AL / 2009
1708 Gallery, Media X, Richmond, VA / 2008
Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Overload Virtual Art Collection, Athens, GA / 2008
Foundry Art Centre, Paperwork In, On, and Of Paper IV, 
St. Charles, MO / 2008
Gallery 400, Pathogeographies: Or Other People’s Baggage, Univ of Illinois, Chicago, IL / link 2007
Balfour Books,Titles: An Exhibition of Artists’ Book Works, Toronto, Canada / 2007
Fine Arts Gallery, The Drawing Room, VCU, Richmond, VA / 2007
Gallery, Dispersal Tactics: Artspace Drawing Invitational, Richmond, VA / 2006
WPA / Corcoran, Antithesis: Experimental Media Series, Washington, D.C. / 2006
Salto A1 Television, The One Minutes Festival, Amsterdam, The Netherlands / 2006
Backloft at La Cathedral, A Wander Beyond, Dublin, 
Ireland / 2006
Anderson Gallery, MFA Thesis Exhibition: Visualizing the Art of War, VCU, Richmond, VA / 2005
Flat International, The Last Diversion, Richmond, VA / 2004


Ambiguous Territory exhibition catalog (‘The Evolution of Silence’ included), Actar Publishing / expected Fall 2020.
AIGA Frontier conference catalog (‘Illegitimate Worlds’ included), AIGA / 2019.
Displacements: an x’scape journal. Reality/Fiction, Vol.2, pages 50–54 (‘The Evolution of Silence — Mapping and Representation’), Displacements and GIPC Cultural Landscape Research Group, Madrid, Spain / 2018.
Design Cities: Berlin, DesignInquiry publisher / 2016
Reflections on Research through Design: The Evolution of Silence, Studies in Material Thinking: Visual/Textual, Vol 13 / 2015
Cumulus: The Virtuous Circle, conference proceedings, with Joshua Singer / 2015
Leonardo, Journal of Arts, Sciences and Technology, Special Issue: SIGGRAPH 2014, Volume 47, Number 4, 2014 / 2014
Praxis and Poetics: Research Through Design, conference proceedings / 2013
Make/Do, DesignInquiry publisher / 2013
White Space in Design, Sandra Wheeler, Angela Patchell Books / 2009
100’s Visual logos & Letterheads, Matt Woolman, Angela
 Patchell Books, p.26 / 2008
Print Magazine Regional Design Annual 2008 / 2008
Sic of Tyranny: an Interview with Virginia’s Good Girl, 
Virtus, Daily Constitutional (Delusions of Grandeur), Issue 5 / 2007
Motion Design, Matt Woolman, Rotovision, p.88–89 / 2004


Blow-Up: Exploration and Discovery (Casey Reas), Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO, July 14–22, 2019.
Animating Video with Code: Generative Cinema (Casey Reas), Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO, July 1–7, 2018.
Penland School of Crafts, Workshop with Marianne Dages ‘Text as Image, Type as Thought,’ Penland, NC / 2016
DEPE Space, as part of DesignInquiry, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI / 2014
Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Amherst, VA / 2007
KHN Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE / 2006

+ community + leadership

Board of Directors member, DesignInquiry / 2013–2015

+ Design COMMISSIONS + work experience

Mauer Broadcast pamphlet design, commission for Sheryl Oring / 2019.
Thisness exhibition booklet design, commission for Barbara Campbell Thomas; Greensboro, NC / 2019.
Holler, logotype / 2017
Kid Owned and Operated Play (KOOP), logotype and identity system / 2015
DesignInquiry website with Emily Luce and programmer, Dan Warner / 2014
Art Director/Co-Coordinator Design exhibition, Active Territory, UArts / 2011
Design Does exhibition catalog, UArts, College of Media Arts and Communication / 2011
Spring 2009 music and theater poster, UNCC College of Arts and Architecture / 2009
Ron Johnson, bilingual (French/English) artist book / 2009
Stephen Vitiello Four Sounds exhibition, record label design / 2008
Ann Agee: Boxing in the Kitchen, exhibition pamphlet, VCUarts Department of Sculpture + Extended Media / 2007
2007 MFA Thesis exhibition catalog, VCUarts Graduate Artists Association / 2007
2006 MFA Thesis exhibition catalog, VCUarts Graduate Artists Association / 2006
Gerald Donato: Reinventing the Game exhibition catalog, Anderson Gallery / 2006
Advertisements published in d’art and Artforum, VCUarts Graduate Studies / 2006
Advertisement published in American Craft Magazine, VCUarts Department of Craft/Material Studies / 2006
Advertisement for Solvent Space, published in Artforum magazine, VCUarts Department of Painting and Printmaking / 2006
Posters, Print, Web site design (programming by Patrick Power), VCUarts Department of Kinetic Imaging / 2006
Graphic designer at National Public Radio (NPR) / 2003
Graphic designer for the 2002 Smithsonian Folklife Festival: The Silk Road, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution / 2002
Graphic Designer for Department of Mineralogy, Martin Luther University, Halle, Germany / 2001
Graphic Designer for Northern Virginia Graphics, Fairfax, VA / 2000
Graphic Design Intern, Harpers Ferry Interpretive Design Center, Harpers Ferry, WV, wayside exhibition panels and maps / 1999
Graphic Design Intern, Hallesche Advertising Agency, Halle, Germany / 1998
Graphic Designer, Artist, Ranger for National Park Service, Redwood National Park, CA; Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX; and Sunset Crater/Wupatki National Monuments, AZ / 1996/7


Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG), Greensboro, NC / 2017–present
Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), Champaign, IL / 2014–2017
Assistant Professor, University of the Arts (UArts), Philadelphia, PA
 / 2009–2014
Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC), Charlotte, NC / 2007–2009
Administrative Director & Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Richmond, VA / 2005–2007
Instructor of Record, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA / 2004–2005