Rachel Owens

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Rachel Owens

1972    Born in Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in Lake Lotawana, Missouri.

Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York



1999    MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

1995    BFA, University of Kansas, Lawrence

1994    Tyler School of Art, Rome, Italy

Solo Exhibitions

 2008    Harboring, ZieherSmith, New York

2007    Wishing Well, presented by ZieherSmith, NADA Art Fair, Miami

2006    Overthrows, ZieherSmith, New York

2005    Scatter-Hoarder, ZieherSmith, New York

                Rubble, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Scope Art Fair, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions


Evading Customs, curated by Peter Russo and Lumi Tan, Brown, London

Lover, curated by Kate Gilmore and Candice Madey, On Stellar Rays, New York

On From Here, Guild and Greyshkul, New York

I Thought Our Worlds Were The Same, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville


New Black, presented by Triplecanopy, Starr Space, Brooklyn


EAF07: 2007 Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, New York


Empathetic, curated by Elizabeth Thomas, Temple Gallery, Philadelphia

Collage Party, ZieherSmith, New York          

Ionesco’s Friends, curated by Irina Zucca, Francosoffiantino Artecontemporanea, Turin


Rachel Owens & Elizabeth Huey, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Watermill, New York

No Apology for Breathing, curated by Matthew Lusk, Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn

The Hissing of Summer Lawns, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Watermill, New York


Some Exhaust, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York

Postcards from the Edge, Brent Sikkema Gallery, New York

Andy Warhol’s Living Room, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Watermill, New York

Falling in Love with the Jailer’s Daughter, Project Green, Brooklyn


Fear of Flight, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, New York

An Accord, Weather Records, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Underground Film Festival, DUMBO, Brooklyn

Talent Show, Project Green, Brooklyn, NY

Occurrences: The Performative Aspects of Video, Betty Rymer Gallery, Chicago


One Day, In a Day, Everyday, part of Sans, APEX art, New York

New Homes for America Under Construction, Weather Records, Brooklyn

Parallel Sensations, Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn

Bellwether Summer Show, Bellwether Gallery, New York

Untitled Storefront, Weather Records, Brooklyn


Hit and Run 4, New York

Project 1, The Green Room, New York

Ship of Fools, The Frying Pan, New York


House, Wicker Park, Chicago

Crashpad, Best Western Hotel, Chicago

Video Performance, Wood Street Gallery, Chicago


Lagattuta, etc., Gallery 2, Chicago

Navy Pier Art Expo: Art Park, Chicago

Welcome to the Madrid, Madrid Theater, Kansas City, Missouri


Selected Bibliography

 “The Wire,” Art Lies, Issue 61, March 2009

“Rachel Owens: Reconstruction,” Triplecanopy 4, November 11, 2008

“Goings On About Town: Rachel Owens,” The New Yorker, November 10, 2008

Arte Aldia News 37, April 8-June 8, 2008

Paul Laster, “Interview With Amanda Coulson,” Artkrush.com, Issue 85, May 28, 2008

Nicholas Hirshorn, “Site Goes from Trash to Treasure,” Daily News, January 31, 2008

Edith Newhall, “Empathy,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 06, 2006

Roberta Fallon, “Feel the Pain,” The Philadelphia Weekly, November 5, 2006

R.C. Baker, “Shortlist: Rachel Owens,” The Village Voice, June 8, 2006

Holland Cotter, “No Apology for Breathing,” The New York Times, August 12, 2005

Stephanie Cash and David Ebony, “Front Page,” Art in America, May 2005, image

Walter Robinson, “Weekend Updates,” Artnet.com, March 29, 2005

C.C. McGurr, “Hodge Podge Collage,” PaperMag, March 24, 2005

Merrily Kerr, “Some Exhaust,” Flash Art (November/December 2004), image

Benjamin Carlson, Time Out New York, Sept 2, 2004

“Goings On About Town: Some Exhaust,” The New Yorker, Sept 6, 2004

Kim Levin, “Critic’s Pick: Some Exhaust,” Village Voice, September 2004

“Arts and Leisure Guide, The New York Times, August 15, 2004, image

Helen A. Harrison, “Fear of Flying,” The New York Times, November 2, 2003

M/E/A/N/I/N/G #2, Artkrush.com, Rachel Owens and Matthew Lusk: After School Special

Art V-8 Chicago, Chicago Reader, May 9, 1998        

Alice Thorson, “Figuring the Body,” The Kansas City Star, November 17, 1997


 2008                Artist Grant, Pollack-Krasner Foundation, New York

2007                Artist Grant, Harpo Foundation, Coconut Grove, Florida

Socrates Sculpture Park 2007 Emerging Artist Fellowship, New York

2002                G.K. Baum Travel Grant, travel to England and France

1997-99           Private Graduate Studies Award, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

1997-99           Graduate Student Grant, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

1995                Top Jurors Award, River Market Regional Exhibition, Kansas City, Missouri

1994                Richard Hollander Family Foundation Award, Kansas City, Missouri


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