Rachel R. Stewart

EDUCATION
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), School of Art, Pittsburgh, PA.
Bachelor of Fine Art, 2007.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Printmaking Teacher -9-10th Grade. Austin Waldorf High School, Austin, TX. 2014 - 2015.
Supervises linolum cut printmaking projects with beginners ages 15 - 17. Demonstrates all techniques involved. Provides feedback and grades student work.

Stewart Studios, Integrative Artistic Solutions. 2008-present.
Draws on multiple artistic disciplines to provide custom solutions for artistic dilemmas. Fine art, murals, mass media, graphic design, screen printing, clothing and costume design, sewing and alterations, teaching and workshops.

Graphic Designer, Chicki Buttah Cosmetics. 2013-present.
Developed brand identity. Designs logo and product packaging for lotions and cosmetic products. Represents company to printers.

Art and Design Specialist, Afrique Gninze Drum and Dance, Austin, TX. 2013-present.
Consults on costume design, colors, fabrics and production. Designed Tshirts and logo.

Costume Design Specialist and Sewing Workshop Manager, Lan'naya West African Drum and Dance, 2012-2013. Applied expertise in design, pattern making, and sewing to outfit the Lan'naya dance troop. Prototyped and budgeted costumes from simple sketches. Consulted the group on colors and fabrics. Organized the members of the dance troop and taught sewing lessons while producing five original outfits for the stage.

Drawing Teacher, Clearview Sudbury School. Spring Semester 2013.
Directed a drawing class for ages 5-18.

Graphic Design and Mass Media Expert, Bikes Across Borders, Austin, TX, 2008-20013.
Provided a complete solution for the group's many artistic needs. Produced posters, flyers, and online invites to promote the group's funraising events. Produced logos, Tshirts, and screen printed to mass produce their media and merchandise. Conducted screen printing workshops to share mass media skills with volunteers.

Photographer, All American Photo, Buda, TX. 2008 - 2011.
Shot portraits and group photos of child athletes. Designed and composed photos. Set up and broke down large scale photoshoots.

Private Art Teacher, Austin, TX. March 2008-2009.
Instructs one-on-one lessons with people age 10 and up in drawing techniques and art history.

Whallfall Studios, Austin, TX. 2008-2009.
Founding Member: Facilitated cooperative studio space, tool sharing and community event center in an East Austin warehouse. Helped organizes cultural events. Directed a weekly open figure drawing session.

Celebrity Topiary, Denise Prince Martin. Art City Austin, Austin, TX. April 2008. Built life-sized paparazzi figures out of live plants and chicken wire.

Audio Visual Technical Crew, Chautauqua Institution, NY. June - August 2007. Videographer: created videos of visiting artist lectures.

Senior Exhibition Committee, CMU, Pittsburgh, PA. 2007.
Served as the liaison between exhibiting artists and gallery staff. Cooperated to create exhibition catalogs and announcements.

Regina Gouger-Miller Gallery, CMU, Pittsbugh, PA. 2004 – 2007.
Gallery attendant/ art handler/ installation assistant: Helped maintain the gallery. Assist visiting artists. Pack, unpack, handle, and install art. Provide gallery goers with information about exhibitions. Photo-document art and openings.

College of Fine Arts Summer Paint Crew. Pittsburgh, PA. Summer 2005 - 2007. Painter/ Spackler/ Maintenance Assistant: Repair wear and tear on studios, classrooms, and galleries. Assist in maintenance and up keep of College of Art facilities and equipment.

Ohio Riverboat Project, Carolyn Lambert, MFA 2005, CMU. Pittsburgh, PA. June 2006. Seamstress: Constructed custom canopy from recycled material for an environmentally green houseboat.

Printing to the Sky, William Cravis, MFA 2006, CMU, Pittsburgh, PA. April 18, 2006. Worked on a 70-foot lift, carried, stacked paper boxes for public sculpture of 400 printer paper boxes.

Open Figure Drawing, CMU, Pittsburgh PA. Sept 2005 – May 2006.
Director: Directed the live model for a weekly figure drawing session.

RESIDENCIES
Chautauqua School of Art, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY. 2006 and 2007. Artist in Residence: Created giant landscape painting while riding a bicycle. Produced Caught Looking 2007, a ‘zine that features a portrait of and by each of the 38 resident artists.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
What Does It Feel Like To See?
Bennu Coffee, Austin, TX. 2013

Dudels: An Art Event Celebrating Masculine Beauty
Stewart Studios, Austin, TX. 2013  

Fresh Paint 12,
Bennu 24 Hour Coffee. Austin, TX. 2012.

So Close, Yet So Far: 6 paintings to be viewed across a crowded room
Bennu Coffee, Austin, TX. 2011.

East Austin Sunset at 15mph, Co-Lab, Austin, TX. October 2009.
Used a bicycle to paint a large-scale, site specific landscape, on the road, sidewalk and gallery floor.

Check Out My Sixpack, Lovejoy's, Austin, TX. July 2008.
Showed drawings and paintings.

Splat!, Brownshill Road, Pittsburgh, PA. April 2007.
Created a site specific piece of art out of a roadside billboard.

Live Punk Rock Painting, Rockin’ the Grove Music Festival, South Park, PA. 2006. Created a painting on location for an audience.

The Auto-matic Flower Vessel, CMU, Pittsburgh, PA. 2004.
Installed a Ford Escort filled with fresh daisies and mums at the south entrance of the University Center.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
City of Austin People's Gallery, Austin City Hall.
Austin, TX. 2014.

Best In Show, Counter Culture.
Austin, TX. 2014.

East Austin Studio Tour 2013, Pine Street Station, guest artist of Reji Thomas
Austin, TX. 2013.

Dia De Los Muertos, El Sol Y La Luna
Austin, TX. 2013

LOCALmotive, Pine Street Station and Tigon Productions
Austin, TX. 2013

East Austin Studio Tour 2011, Studio Showcase #51.
Austin, TX. 2012.

The City of Austin People's Gallery, Austin City Hall, Austin, TX. Year long show, 2012.

The East Austin Studio Tour, stop #108 on the tour. East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin, TX. Showcased my home studio. November, 2011.

The Velolicious Mixer, Cheer Up Charlie's, Austin, TX. September 2010. Showed paintings.

The Annual Self-Portrait Show, The Austin Figurative Gallery, Austin, TX. September 2008. Showed a work on paper.

Chautauqua School of Art Annual Student Exhibition, Logan Gallery, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua NY. 2007.
Showed drawings and paintings.

Active Artist Alliance Summer Showcase, Adams Gallery, Dunkirk, NY. July 2007. Showed 2D mixed-media work.

To Get to the Other Side, Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, CMU, Pittsburgh, PA. May 2007. Showed paintings.

Caught Looking, PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA. April 2007.
Showed a one-minute video on the Jumbo-tron.

You’re Not the Boss of Me: Copyright and Transgression Festival, The Great Hall, Collage of Fine Arts, CMU, Pittsburgh, PA. March 2007.
Showed a collection of handmade, conceptual mini-skirts.

The Freak Show, The Frame Gallery, CMU, Pittsburgh, PA. September 2006. Showed drawings and paintings.

Chautauqua School of Art Annual Student Exhibition, Logan Gallery, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY. 2006.
Showed oil paintings.

A Summer’s Night to End All Summer’s Dreams At Night, The Frame Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA. 2005.
Showed oil paintings.

HONORS and AWARDS
Austin Chronicle Critics Table Award Nominee, 2010.

Andrew Carnegie Society Scholarship, 2007.

Small Undergraduate Research Grant, 2007, to create a series of dynamic and emotive figurative paintings.

Chautauqua County Crafts Alliance Award Scholarship, 2006.

Samuel L. Rosenberg Junior Award, 2006.

Zygler Scholarship, 2005, 2006.

William C. Mott Scholarship, 2006.

Mrs. John Porter Prize, 2006.

Dean’s List, 2003-2007, eight consecutive semesters.