Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art, Visual Art – photography

Rachel Perry

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art, Visual Art – photography
MacDowell Fellowships: 2009, 2011, 2015, 2017

Born in 1962 in Japan, Rachel Perry’s work is held in numerous museums and private collections around the world, including the Museum of Fine Arts and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the List Visual Arts Center at MIT. Her solo exhibitions include What Do You Really Want? at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston; Chiral Lines and Lost in My Life at Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York; and her first solo museum show, 24/7, at DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts, which subsequently traveled to the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Since 2006 Rachel Perry has been represented by Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York City where in 2018 she had her sixth solo exhibition.

Perry has received four Fellowships from the MacDowell, has been to Yaddo and ArtOmi, and was Artist-in-Residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in October of 2014, beginning an affiliation that continues today. Perry is a three-time recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Award for Excellence, winning in three different disciplines: Photography, Drawing, and Sculpture. She received an honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts (Hon. Causa) from Montserrat College of Art in 2018.

Rachel Perry been reviewed in many national and online publications, including Art in America, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Art on Paper, Art:21, Sculpture, and Harvard Business Review. In 2011, Perry created a four-page pictorial essay for the December issue of Vogue. She has twice been commissioned by The New York Times Magazine to create art for feature stories, most recently for coverage of the “Me Too” movement.

Rachel Perry holds a B.A. in English literature with a minor in French from Connecticut College, and a Diploma and Fifth Year Certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.



Rachel Perry worked in the Nef studio.

Nef Studio, the first entirely new studio built after 1937, was donated by esteemed photographer, explorer, author, and MacDowell Fellow Evelyn Steffanson Nef in 1992. Endowed funds for the studio’s maintenance in perpetuity and an annual Fellowship for photographers were given in addition to funds for construction. Mrs. Nef said she had known about MacDowell all her…

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