Discipline: Visual Art – installation

Rachel Breen

Discipline: Visual Art – installation
Region: Minneapolis, MN
MacDowell Fellowships: 2021

Rachel Breen examines the critical possibilities of the sewing machine through drawing, creating installations, and initiating socially engaged public projects. For the last seven years her work has examined the labor rights of garment workers, as a catalyst for social change.

Rachel’s work has been exhibited across the country and her solo exhibition, “The Price of Our Clothes,” at the Perlman Museum, was included in the top 20, best of 2018, exhibitions in the U.S. ranked by Hyperallergic (December 20, 2018). Rachel is a recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship to India, the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship, four Minnesota State Arts Board grants, a fellowship at the Walker Art Center Open Field Project, and a residency at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She is a professor of art at Anoka Ramsey Community College.



Rachel Breen worked in the Heinz studio.

The icehouse, built of fieldstone in 1914–1915, was a practical part of Mrs. MacDowell’s plan for a self-sufficient farm. Winter ice cut from a nearby pond was stored here for summer use on the property. Idle since 1940, it was a handsome but outdated farm building. In 1995, Mrs. Drue Heinz, a vice chairman of…

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