Location: Museum Entryway (Floor 1)
Artist Rachel Hellmann’s site-specific mural recognizes the power of the sun and our inherent need for warmth. It also recognizes our desire to be connected after a difficult year with many facing challenging social isolation. Hellmann created this immersive mural as a warm greeting for visitors as they enter The Rockwell and as a nod to the strength and power of nature, as seen throughout the museum’s extensive collection.
The selected artist will have the opportunity to serve as a Guest Artist in the Corning Museum of Glass Amphitheater Hot Shop. Crystal Gregory will work with Corning Museum of Glass gaffers, March 15 – 17, 2022.
Rachel Hellmann received a BFA from the University of Dayton and an MFA in Painting from Boston University. Her work includes sculpture, painting and installation. She has had solo exhibitions at Elizabeth Houston Gallery, NY, NY, Galleri Urbane, Dallas, TX, Miller Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA, University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor, ME and the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA. Other exhibition venues include the Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA, Philip Slein Gallery, St. Louis, MO, Samson Projects, Boston, MA, Christel DeHaan Fine Art Center, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN and the Elmhurst Museum of Art, Elmhurst, IL.
Hellmann was the recipient of the Blanche E. Colman Award for Painting and the Constatin Alajalov Award at Boston University. She was also awarded residencies at the Ragdale Foundation in Forest Park, IL, Platte Clove Preserve, Catskills, NY and Playa in Eastern Oregon. She was published in New American Paintings vol 113 and was recently the Edward E. Elson Artist-in-Residence at the Addison Gallery of American Art.
Hellmann was Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at Northern Essex Community College from 2008 until May of 2013 when she relocated to Terre Haute, IN to work full-time as an artist. Before joining faculty at NECC, she taught at Mount Ida College, School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Bunker Hill Community College. She has been a visiting artist at many colleges including: MassArt, Boston, MA; Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; Whittier College, Whittier, CA; Ann Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD; Ball State University, Muncie, IN and Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI.