Rachel Stevens

About

Professor Stevens’ passion for art serves as a flying carpet of sorts, inspiring travels to many countries around the world, including a Fulbright to Nepal. While in Nepal, Professor Stevens studied ancient copper casting techniques practiced by Newari Buddhist icon makers and sojourned to sites that are sacred to Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims. These experiences culminated in her collaboration with the copper artisans of Sulav Studios, in Patan, Nepal, and the creation of two contemporary installations that conceptually and aesthetically blend elements of East and West. Professor Stevens remains active with the Fulbright program. She served as a Program Reviewer from 2007-09 and was appointed a Fulbright Ambassador in 2010. In this capacity she promotes the Fulbright program to university communities and artist residencies across the United States.

Professor Stevens exhibits her sculpture nationally and is represented by Zane Bennett Gallery in Santa Fe, NM. She has received numerous grants and awards, including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. She lovingly restored a historic adobe duplex located in downtown Las Cruces, NM that serves as her home base and studio. Professor Stevens has taught sculpture at New Mexico State University since 1994.

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EDUCATION

1991-1993 MFA Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York

1981-1985 BFA The Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

1984 The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine

PUBLIC COMMISSION

2012 – 13 You are Here, Ventanas Ranch Park, funded by City of

Albuquerque’s Public Art Program, Albuquerque, NM

ONE AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2011  Whether, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art (solo), Santa Fe, NM

2008 Falling Up, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art (solo), Santa Fe, NM

2006 Rachel Stevens and Sulav Studios, Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, Patan, Nepal

2005 Zane Bennett Contemporary Art (solo), Santa Fe, NM

2005 Folio Gallery (solo), Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

2004 The Three Athenas (solo), Magnifico Arts, Albuquerque, NM

2004 Sneakers: Hung Up (solo), Downtown Window on the Arts, Albuquerque, NM

2003 Tauna Cole and Rachel Stevens, JME Studios, Las Cruces, NM

2001 No Laughing Matter (solo), Las Cruces Museum of Fine Art and Culture, Las

Cruces, NM

1998 VISION MOVIL, Museo de Arte del INBA, Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico (brochure)

1997 Canine Paradigm (solo), Western NM State University, Silver City, NM.

1997 Two Dogs and a Violin (solo), Gallery Azul, Mesilla, NM

1998 Metapop (solo), Bridge Center of Contemporary Art, EP, TX

1996 Artists on Art (solo), El Paso Museum of Art, EP, TX

GROUP EXHIBITIONS, Selected

2013 Iron Tribe, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM

2012 A Square Foot of Humor, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM

2012 Inquisitive Eyes: El Paso Art 1960-Now, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX

2011 Celebrating Fulbright in Nepal, Siddhartha Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal

2011 The Perfect Fit, Shoes Tell Stories, Boise Art Museum; Boise Idaho; Kimball Art

Center, Park City, UT

2011 New Mexico Women Artists, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM

2011 18 Days, Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM

2010 Society for Functional Objects, Chicago, IL, sponsored by Zane Bennett Gallery,

Santa Fe, NM

2010 The Perfect Fit, Shoes Tell Stories; Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany,

NY; The Nicolaysen Museum, Casper WY; curated by Wendy Tarlow Kaplan

(brochure)

2009 Diverse Propositions: The Best of Zane Bennett, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art,

Santa Fe, NM

2009 Edge of Abstraction, The El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX

2009 Iron Tribe, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM

2009 The Perfect Fit, Shoes Tell Stories, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, curated

by Wendy Tarlow Kaplan (brochure)

2006 Society for Functional Objects, Chicago, IL, sponsored by Zane Bennett Gallery,

Santa Fe, NM

2006 Juneteenth, Endorphin Power, Albuquerque, NM

2006 Shelter, The Tucson Museum of Art, curated by Julie Sasse, Tucson, AZ

2005 Rim Scape (to the 3rd power), through The Bridge Center of Contemporary Art,

curated by Rene Nevarez, El Paso, TX

2005 High UV/A Summer Frolic, THE LAND/an art site, Mountainair, NM, curated by Mayumi Nashida

2005 Iron Tribe, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM

2005 Never Done: Women’s Work from the Permanent Collection, El Pas Museum of

Art, curated by Ben Fyffe

2004 Border Art Residency SITE Project, Silo near McKinney Wrecking, El Paso, TX,

curated by Ray Parish

2004 The Art as Object, Galleri Urbane, Marfa, TX

2004 BLINDSPOT; Obstructing Reality, Galleri Urbane, Silver City, NM

2004 West By Southwest, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM

2004 So Que, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM (catalogue)

2003 sky, blue, heavens, Stewart Center Gallery at Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN

2002 Material Witness, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI

2002 Steel Grrrls, Jonson Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM,

curated by Kay Whitney

2002 Living in the Presence of the Buddha, Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

2002 Reactions, Exit Art/The First World, New York, NY; Reactions, Alyce de Roulet

Williamson Gallery Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA; Reactions; acquired by the Library of Congress

2001 Steel Grrrls, Houston Art League, Houston, TX, Curated by Kathleen Whitney and Victoria Lightman (catalogue)

2001 Burning Desires, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX (brochure)

2001 Introductions, Adair Margo Gallery, El Paso TX

2001 Common Threads: An Artistic Journey to Healing, Adobe Patio Gallery, Las

Cruces, NM

2000 On the Edge: Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection, El Paso Museum of Art, EP, TX

2000 Divining the Tapestry: Images of Living and Dying Well, South Broadway

Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM, Sponsored by: NM Arts, Sandia Hospice, St.

Joseph Healthcare

1999 American Sentences, Union City Arts and Crafts Building, Union City, NJ, curated by David Melamed

1999 Size Matters, Gail Gates et al Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Mike Weiss

1999 Explorations in Abstract Art, Las Cruces Museum of Fine Arts and Culture, Las

Cruces, NM

1999 Refocus, ‘new’ El Paso Museum of, EP, TX

1998 20/XX, The Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD

1998 Permanent Collection Exhibition, Inaugural Exhibition, ‘new’ El Paso Museum of

Art, EP, TX

1996 Just Looking is Just Fine, Mesilla, NM

1996 Imaginary Beings, Exit Art/The First World, New York, NY

1995 Art in the Wild; El Paso Style, Bridge Center of Contemporary Art, EP, TX

1995 The Idea of the Icon: Traditional and Contemporary Retablos and Shrines, University Art Gallery, NMSU, Las Cruces, NM

1995 X-Sightings, Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, NY

1995 Physical Sense, The Police Building, sponsored by The Organization for

Independent Artists, New York, NY, curated by Rosa Silver (brochure)

1994 Garden of Sculptural Delights, Exit Art/The First World, New York, NY

1994 Rough Cuts; The extended artist’s notebook, Henry Street Settlement, New York,

NY

1994 Selections from the Western New York State Slide File, Hallwalls in collaboration

with Buffalo Art Studios, Buffalo, NY

1994 Dimensional Women, SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY

1993 Rochester Fingerlakes Exhibition, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY, Juried by Susana Torruella Leval, Chief Curator, El Museo del Barrio

1993 Lowe Art Gallery, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

1993 Chapman Foundation 2nd Annual Art Exhibition, Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, NY

1993 Object Lessons, The Police Building, sponsored by The Organization for

Independent Artists, New York, NY, curated by Barbara Zucker

1993 Janus- God of the Doorway, Williams Center, Rutherford, New Jersey, juried by

Stephen Sennott

1992 Neurotic Art Show, Artists Space, New York, NY

1992 Rochester Fingerlakes Exhibition, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY, juried by

Philip Verre, Director, The Hudson River Museum

1992 The Everson Biennial, The Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY

1991 Six East Coast Sculptors, University of Vermont, Burlington VT, curated by

Barbara Zucker

1990 The Rights of Spring, epoche’, Brooklyn, NY

1990 The Sex Salon, epoche’, Brooklyn, NY

1990 Transcendents, 10 sculptors sponsored by The Organization of Independent

Artists, New York, NY

1989 Mixed Media, 5-person show, Drury College, Springfield, MO

1989 epoche’, inaugural exhibition (site-specific installations), epoche’, Brooklyn, NY

1989 No Relief, Ridge Street Gallery, New York, NY

1986 Core Artists Exhibition, Glassell School of Art, Houston, TX

1984 Homage to Skowhegan, Invitational, Maine Coast Artist Gallery, Rockport, MA

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

2008-      Professor, Sculpture, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

2000-08    Associate Professor, Sculpture, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

1994-00    Assistant Professor, Sculpture, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

1993-94    Adjunct Instructor, Sculpture and 3-D Problem Solving, Syracuse University,

Syracuse, NY

1994      Adjunct Instructor, Art Practicum, Cayuga Community College, Cayuga, NY

1989-91    Art Consultant for LEAP (Learning Through an Expanded Arts Program)           conveying global culture via art in New York City’s public schools

FELLOWSHIPS/AWARDS/RESIDENCIES

2010 Artist in Residence – I-Park Artists’ Enclave, East Haddam, CT

2006 Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship to Nepal: “Sojourner for Form: Sacred Sites and

Newari Metal Techniques of the Kathmandu Valley as a Source for Contemporary Sculpture”

2006 Faculty Enrichment Grant, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

2003 Artist in Residence – Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM

2001 Artist in Residence – The Ucross Foundation, Ucross, WY

1998 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc., $20,000 grant (1998-1999)

1999 Dona Ana Arts Council Minigrant, Las Cruces, NM

1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2006

Research Mini Grants, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

1994 Special Opportunity Stipend (SOS), New York Foundation for the Arts

1993 Harris Popular Vote Award, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester Fingerlakes Exhibition, Rochester, NY

1993 Purchase Award – The Chapman Foundation, Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, NY

1992 Memorial Art Gallery Award, Best of Show, Rochester Fingerlakes Exhibition,

Rochester, NY

1991 Syracuse University Fellowship, Syracuse, NY (1991-1993)

1990 Artists Space grant for ‘The Rights of Spring’

1988 Artist in Residence – The Ucross Foundation, Ucross, WY

1985 Core Artist in Residence, Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX (1985-1986)

1984 The Skowhegan School Scholarship, Skowhegan, ME

ELECTRONIC PUBLICATIONS

2012 “Nepal Diary – Part III” August 31, 2012, Kathmandu Post http://www.ekantipur.com/the-kathmandu-post/2012/08/31/on- saturday/impressions-of-the-valley/239075.html

2012 “Nepal Diary – Part II”, August 24, 2012, Kathmandu Post http://www.ekantipur.com/the-kathmandu-post/2012/08/24/on- saturday/impressions-of-the-valley/238803.html

2012 “Nepal Diary – Part I”, August 4, 2012, Kathmandu Post

http://www.ekantipur.com/the-kathmandu- post/2012/08/03/onsaturday/impressions-of-the-valley/237988.html

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2012 Reading, “Nepal Diary:  Reflections and Impressions”, Social Sciences Baha,

Kathmandu, Nepal

2012 Fulbright Ambassador Panelist, Association for Asian Studies, Toronto, Canada

2012 Fulbright Ambassador Presentation, Zane Bennett Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2012 Fulbright Ambassador Annual Conference, Washington, DC

2011 Fulbright Ambassador Presentation, Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts,

Helena, MT

2011 Fulbright Ambassador Presentation, Montana Museum of Art and Culture,

Missoula, MT

2011 Fulbright Panelist, ‘Is there a Fulbright in Your Future?’ Teaching Academy, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

2011 Fulbright Ambassador Annual Conference, Houston, TX

2011 La Posada, Santa Fe, NM, Luncheon honoring Guadalupe Goler, Art of the Shoe

2010 Open House, I-Park Artists’ Enclave, East Haddam, CT

2009 Appointed Fulbright Ambassador

2008 Fulbright Discipline Review Committee

2007 Appointed Fulbright Discipline Review Committee

2005 Visiting artist/Lecturer, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

2004 Visiting artist/Lecturer, University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale, Illinois

2004 Panelist, ‘Community Engagement, Part II: The Artists’ Perspective’, in

conjunction with the Alliance of Artists Communities Annual Conference, Santa

Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM

2004 Gallery Talk (in conjunction with The Three Athenas), Magnifico, Albuquerque,

NM

2003 Open House, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM

2003 Radio Interview, NPR Affiliate, Santa Fe, NM

2003 Guest Lecturer, University of Texas, El Paso, El Paso, TX

2003 Gallery Talk, JME Studios, Las Cruces, NM

2002 Panelist, Steel Grrrls, Jonson Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque,

NM

2002 Guest Lecturer, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI

1998 Visiting Artist/Lecturer, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

1998 Guest Lecturer, The Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD

1997 Visiting Artist/Lecturer, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

1997  Guest Lecturer, El Paso Community College, El Paso, TX

1997 Juror, Student Art Exhibition, El Paso Community College, El Paso, TX

1996 Juror, Roswell Artists Colony, Roswell, NM

1996 Gallery Talk, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX, in conjunction with ‘Rodin on

the Rio’

1996 Guest Lecturer, 4-part series, Academy for Learning and Retirement, Las Cruces,

NM, ‘Late 20th Century Sculpture’

1995 Channel 9 News, El Paso, TX, Art in the Wild, El Paso Style

1994 Gallery Talk, University Art Gallery, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces,

NM

1993 Visiting Artist, SUNY Brockport, Brockport, NY

1991 Panelist, Six East Coast Sculptors, The University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

1988 Visiting Artist, Sheridan Community College, Sheridan, WY

OTHER VENUES FOR ART

2004 Channel 9 News, El Paso, TX, Border Art Residency, SITE Project

2002 Book Cover: Adult B’nei Mitzvah: Affirming Our Identity, URJ Press

1996 Motion Picture: The Juror, Sony Pictures, featured sculpture, An Ecstasy of Sinks

ART IN PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

I-Park Artists’ Enclave, East Haddam, CT, Bonsai

Bataan Building, Santa Fe, NM, Spanish Dancing Shoes (purchased through New Mexico Arts)

The Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, Sandal with Cinder Block Heel

The Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, WY, Ruthie’s Rubber Soul

The Moth, New York, NY, Mercury as a Moth

Sandia Hospice, Albuquerque, NM, Sojourner I

Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, NY, Shoes to walk through the desert in

El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX, The Burning Bush

ART IN PRIVATE COLLECTIONS, Selected

Phillip Born and David Sudimac, Las Cruces, NM, Tumbleweeds on Unicycles

Emily Whitefield, New York, NY, Martini Party Shoe

May Stevens, Santa Fe, NM, Turkish Shoes

Estate of Luis Jimenez, Hondo, NM, Rollerskate

Lydia and Jean Pierre Lair, San Antonio, TX, Baboush

George Dawes Green, Savannah, GA, Eight-Legged Afghan Hound Tight Rope Walking

George Dawes Green, Savannah, GA, A Small Sacrifice

BIBLIOGRAPHY, Selected

Rene Romo, “Professor’s art frames local landscapes,” The Albuquerque Journal, March

26, 2013

Auerlio Sanchez, “Ventana park artwork promotes new views,” The Albuquerque Journal, 

  February 14, 2013

Michael Abatemarco, “Cactus Mundi:  Rachel Stevens’ Sculpture,” The New Mexican

  October 28 -November 3, 2011

Abhilasha Singh, “Rachel Stevens:  Whether,” Artslant, October 23, 2011

Laurie Ann Vasily, “USEF-Nepal’s 50th Anniversary Year in 2011,” News from USEF in 

  Nepal, VOLUME 27 NO. 3, Anniversary 2011

Kate McGraw, Rachel Stevens: “Falling Up” and “Italian Prints” open today at Zane Bennett, Albuquerque Journal (Santa Fe/North), October 15-21, 2008

Bonar Blagden, “Lose your walking blues,” Santa Fe Reporter, October 17, 2008

Kay Whitney, “Rachel Stevens,” review of ‘Zane Bennett’, Sculpture, March 2007

Peter Moran, “Rachel Stevens open house exhibition,” News from USEF Nepal, February

2007

David Sokolec, “Woman Diversified,” Glass Tire – Texas Visual Art Online, 2005

Natasha Goldman, SITEproject, Border Art Residency, ARTLIES, Spring 2005

Steven Robert Allen, “Feeling Lucky? The Three Athenas and A Royal Flush at 516

“MagnificoArtspace,”Alibi, February 5-11, 2004

Paul Weideman, “Southern Exposure,” The New Mexican, January 23-29, 2004

Johnny D. Boggs, “Showcasing the south: Museum Highlights Downstate Art,” New

  Mexico Magazine, January, 2004

Wesley Pulkka, “Women break through with metal,” The Albuquerque Journal,

November 2002

Steven Robert Allen, “Heavy Metal: Steel Grrrls at the Jonson Gallery, Alibi, November

2002

John Carlos Villani, “Scottsdale gallery pays homage to Lord Buddha,” The Arizona 

  Republic, July 2002

Kay Whitney, “Rachel Stevens,” review of ‘NO LAUGHING MATTER’, Sculpture,

March 2002

“Featured Artist,” Sin Fronteras, Writers Without Borders, Journal 5 (published in

conjunction with the Border Book Festival), March 2001

Roy van der aa, “Contemporary sculptor to transform Fine Art Museum,” The Ink,

February 2001

“Art museum focuses on today’s artists,” El Paso Times, January, 1999

“Refocus 2,” The Metro, January, 1999

“EL Paso art museum show,” El Paso Times, January 1999

Mike Giuliana, “School Masters – The Maryland Institute Celebrates its Own,” Baltimore 

  City Paper, October 21, 1998

Deborah Rindge, “Vision Movil,” exhibition brochure, Museo de Arte del INBA, Juarez,

Chihuahua, Mexico, 1998

“Art Supplement, Featured Artist,” Puerto del Sol, Summer, 1998

Will Hanson, “Sculpture – Rachel Stevens/Zoe Wolfe” Desert Exposure, October, 1997

Will Hanson, “Chewed Fingernails, Sinks, and a Permanent Wave, Rachel Stevens

Sculpture” Desert Exposure, March, 1997

Deborah Martin, “Past had influence on sculptor,” El Paso Herald-Post, February 15, 1997

S. Derrickson Moore, “Creative sculptor shares a unique vision,” Las Cruces Sun-News,

February 6, 1997

Luis Jimenez, “Artists pick artists they love,” Art Talk Magazine, November, 1996

S. Derrickson Moore, “Eclectic faculty exhibit opens at NMSU Friday,” Las Cruces Sun 

  News, October 25, 1996

Andrew J. Ligon III, “Evolution of Sculpture,” El Paso Herald-Post, June 6, 1996

Mathieu Victor, “X-Sightings,” July, 1995

Richard Huntington, “The expected and unexpected – a fun mix from near and far,” The 

  Buffalo News, July 6, 1995

Amei Wallach, “An Exuberant Celebration of Life,” New York Newsday, April 7, 1994

Kay Larson, “Art,” New York Magazine, March 28, 1994

Elizabeth Licata, “At Odds,” The Buffalo News, February, 1994

John Worden, “Beyond Feminine,” Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, September, 1993

John Worden, “Loaded Images,” Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, May, 1993

George Melrod, “Object Messages – Police Building,” Art News, May, 1993

Eileen Watkins, “Janus God of the Doorway,” Newark Star Ledger, January 15, 1993

Judith Reynolds, “Instances of a common humanity,” Rochester City Newspaper, June 18,

1992

Ron Netsky, “Choice art on display,” Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, June 7, 1992

Elizabeth Festa, “Everson Biennial celebrates diversity,” The Syracuse Post- Standard,

April 17, 1992

Sherry Chayat, “Everson Biennial excels in quality, display,” Syracuse Herald American,

April 12, 1992

Amy Killinger, “When the sculptor is a she,” The Burlington Free Press, November 23,

1991

“Women sculptors describe challenge of life after college,” U. of Vermont Record, 

    December 2, 1991

Greg Stone, “Rights of Spring,” Word of Mouth, Brooklyn, June 1990

John Simmons, “Bonded by diversity,” Springfield, Missouri, October 1989

Bill Moakler, “June/July Art! epoche’, Greenline, Brooklyn, June, 1989

Sam Binkley, “Conspiracy on Wythe Avenue,” Word of Mouth, Brooklyn, June, 1989

R.P. Harris, “In search of the llama and other artistic works,” The News American, Balto., June, 1985