Rachel Leah Cohn

Rachel Cohn is an interdisciplinary artist working with painting, sculpture, video and performance. She received her MFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University (2013) and her BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design (2005). 

Rachel values experimentation, collaboration and trying to find new ways to describe the world around her.  Recent projects have included an attempt to study the inner life of oysters, building a dream sauna and the reenactments of memories for further investigation. 

Rachel has exhibited her work widely internationally, including recent exhibitions in collaboration with the Qatar Museum Authority
at Kraftwerk (Berlin, Germany) and Manege Central Exhibition Hall (St. Petersburg, Russia), the Istanbul Design Biennial: School of Schools (Istanbul, Turkey), Aterlierhaus Salzamt (Linz, Austria) and the Bi-City Biennial for Urbanism and Architecture (Shenzhen, China). She also shows her work nationally, including Brattleboro Museum and Art Center (VT), White Box Gallery (NY), Ortega y Gasset Gallery(NY), Reynolds Gallery (VA). Her performance "Nonesuch Tales of Ardea Herodias," in collaboration with Laurids Sonne and Michael Ashley, was awarded best in show at 1708 Gallery's InLight Richmond 2013.

She has attended many international artist residency programs, recently at Otis College of Art and Design (Los Angeles, CA), Signal Culture (Owego, NY) and a nine-month residency at the Fire Station in Doha, Qatar. She has also been an artist-in-residence at Vermont Studio Center (US); CAC Woodside (US); HIAP Suomenlinna (FI), Marpha Foundation (NP), Halka Art Project (TR), Mildred’s Lane (US) and Atelier Salzamt (AT). Her work is also held in many special collections.

She is currently Assistant Professor in Art and Foundations Coordinator at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, teaching time-based media and performance.