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Rachel Niffenegger

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Chicago Magazine named Rachel Niffenegger Chicago’s best emerging artist in 2010 and New City named her one of “Chicago’s Next Generation of Image Makers” in 2010, this after naming her the “Best Painter Under 25” in 2009. She currently has a two person show with Paul Nudd up at Western Exhibitions in Chicago  and has been included in exhibitions at Ceri Hand Gallery in Liverpool, England and in Chicago at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Corbett vs. Dempsey, the Sullivan Galleries at SAIC, The Post Family, and the Hyde Park Art Center. Niffenegger, born in Evanston in 1985, received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently an MFA candidate at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.


(b. 1985, Evanston, IL)
Lives and works in Chicago

MFA Candidate, Art Theory and Practice, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist's Residency, Saugatuck, MI
The Academy of Fine Arts Prague, Prague, CZ

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions
(Upcoming) Rachel Niffenegger and Paul Nudd, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL

As you pass by and cast an eye as you are now so once was I, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL

Trichotillomania, The Post Family, Chicago, IL

Selected Group Exhibitions
MDW Fair, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, Illinois
The New New Chicagoans, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, Illinois
West, Wester, Westest Part 2 (Curated by Ryan Travis Christian), FFDG, San Francisco, CA
Seeing is a Kind of Thinking: A Jim Nutt Companion, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Heads on Poles, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL

Editions/Artist's Books Fair, Former Dia/Former X Initiative, New York, NY
Exhibition 7.06052010, Mvseum, Chicago, IL
Breakout Artists, Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
If You Can Hold Your Breath, Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool, UK
Ox-Bow Centennial Exhibition, Grand Rapids Museum of Art, Grand Rapid, MI
Pink Paint, Riverside Arts Center, Riverside, IL
hArts for Haiti, LVL3 Gallery, Chicago, IL
Volta NY: No Guts No Glory, Imperfect Articles, New York, NY

NADA Art Fair, Imperfect Articles, Miami Beach, FL
Big Youth, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, IL
Volta 5 Basel, Imperfect Articles, Basel, Switzerland
Artists Run Chicago, Hyde Park Art Center, Hyde Park, IL
Now That's What I Call Painting, Scott Projects, Chicago, IL
Luther Tiny Toother, Roots and Culture, Project Window, Chicago, IL

Portrait, Hallway Projects, San Francisco, CA
Ah, Decadence!, Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Staff Infection, OxBow School of Art Gallery, Saugatuck, MI
B.F.A Thesis Exhibition, Gallery 2, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Covert Prestige, Deckelew and Bensley, Chicago, IL

Who Art Thou, Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL

Collateral, AVU Gallery, Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, CZ

Design Body, LG Space, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Art Bash, Gallery 2, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

SAIC Graduating Fellowship
Ox-Bow Fellowship
Excellence in Leadership Award

Merit Scholarship
Academic Incentive Scholarship

Recent Exhibits

Rachel Niffenegger participated in these exhibits:

Sep, 2015 Spudnik Press Cooperative 2015 Annual Benefit
Spudnik Press Cooperative
Jan, 2015 The world is mystical, dangerous and delicious
Western Exhibitions
Jun, 2014 About a Mountain
Asya Geisberg Gallery
Jun, 2014 We do what we like and we like what we do
Western Exhibitions
Jan, 2014 HEAD
Western Exhibitions
Sep, 2013 FLESH CLUB
Western Exhibitions
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