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Rachel Collier is an artist whose work focuses on the release of internal visual language held in the emotional body, resulting in imagery that tethers the unknowable to the familiar. Rendered in radiant color, Collier’s work transcribes ecstatic realms that populate our shared consciousness. Repeated abstract forms anchor recognizable psychic landscapes to our physical world, stirring the spirit in preparation for advancement or departure. Her materials are activated by a meditative and resilient process rooted in non-representational painterly tradition. While referencing the languages of maps and topography, Collier’s language deconstructs from the grid to imagine transcendent space. 


Rachel Collier / B. 1981 Minneapolis, MN 


Recent Exhibitions

2024   Hair + Nails Gallery Presents: Heat at Easy Does It, LA, CA (group)

2024   Felix Fair (with Hair + Nails Gallery), LA, CA (group)

2024   Foundations Fair (with Hair + Nails Gallery), (group)

2023   Chimera, Hair + Nails Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (group)

2023   The Otherworldly Gaze: Women Redefining Surrealist Art, Morlan Gallery, Lexington, KY (group)

2023   First Light, Skye Gallery at Highline 9, NYC (group)

2023   Intervention, Night Club Gallery, Minneapolis MN (group)

2023   Foundations Fair (with Hair + Nails Gallery), (group)

2023   Intersect Aspen (with Skye Gallery), Aspen CO (group)

2023   Cross Country, Carolyn Glascoe Bailey Foundation, Ojai CA (group)

2022   NADA Miami, Hair + Nails Gallery, Miami, FL (group)

2022   Painting Show, Hair + Nails Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (group)

2022   Still Together, St. Kate's Arts Hotel, Milwaukee, WI (solo)

2022   Nido, International Center for the Arts, Monte Castello di Vibio, Umbria, Italy (group) 

2022   Tournament of Lies, Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY (group)

2022   Field Moves, Hair + Nails Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (solo)

2021   The Human Scale, Rochester Art Center, Rochester,  MN (group)

2021   Soft Landing, Nemeth Art Center, Park Rapids, MN (solo)

2020  Future Future, Hair + Nails Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (group)

2020  Something that I’m supposed to be, Waiting Room Gallery, St Paul, MN (solo)

2018   Relief: 3 Fresh Approaches to Building Surface, Hair + Nails Gallery, Minneapolis, MN 


2024   Roswell Artist-in-Residence (alternate), Roswell, NM

2022   Anderson Ranch Snowmass Village, CO 

2022   Jerome Emerging Artist Residency, The Anderson Center, Red Wing, MN 

2022   Nido Invitational Residency and Exhibition, International Center for the Arts, Monte Castello di Vibio, Umbria, Italy 

2022  Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY 

2021   Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY 


Press / Publications

2024   The New Alphabet of Shapes, Emmy Smith, MN Artists

2023   HAIRandNAILS is the Minneapolis Gallery for Artists by Artists, Maxwell Rabb, Artsy

2023   New American Paintings, No. 167, Midwest Issue

2023   10 Small Galleries that are Spotting Emerging Talent, Artsy

2023   Kilbourne Building Dons Minneapolis Artist Rachel Collier’s Work, Josiah Kopp, Fargo Monthly 

2023   Featured Artist Newsletter, Danielle Krysa / The Jealous Curator

2022   Twin Cities artists flocked to Miami to show at Art Basel, NADA and more, Sheila Regan, MinnPost

2022   Catalogue Zine for Field Projects at Hair and Nails Gallery with essays by Cameron Downey and Brooks Turner

2021   Spring into spring at these four Twin Cities art exhibitions:

Still life, portraits, shag rugs and some hope for the future, Alicia Eler, Star Tribune

2021   Soft Landing: multidimensional exhibit inspired by far out journeys of the mind, Katie Carter, Northern Community Radio

2021   Vast Magazine, Issue #2

2021   Catalogue for Soft Landing at Nemeth Art Center, Matthew Bakkom 

2020  Catalogue Zine for Right Now at Hair + Nails Gallery, Brooks Turner

2018   Zine for Relief: Three Fresh Approaches to Building Surface at Hair + Nails, Isa Gagarin


2007  BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

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