Rachel Simmons teaches foundations, printmaking, book arts and environmental art courses at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Since 2000, she has created collaborative community art projects which teach students to be responsible citizens as well as accomplished artists.
Rachel’s mixed media work focuses on climate change, marine pollution and ecotourism and has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She traveled to Antarctica in 2008 to conduct research for her work, returning again in 2009 as the leader of a group of faculty colleagues. She recently presented her research on appropriate scale in Iceland with colleagues from the environmental sciences at the International Conference for Arts and Humanities in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Rachel's work is included in the Jacqueline Bradley and Clarence Otis, Jr. Collection. A selection of her exhibitions from last year include:
Rachel's recent presentations include:
She explored of the effects of oil spilt from the damaged well in the Gulf of Mexico and the accident in the larger context of oil exploration to create the mixed media artist’s book, The Oil Book.
For more information on Rachel Simmons' work, online galleries and blog visit www.rachelsimmons.net/