B.F.A., University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Crafts/Fiber
M.F.A., Cranbrook Academy of Art, Fiber
Rachel Miller's work focuses on environmental patterns and how they
interconnect with our own patterns of growth, departure, and rejuvenation.
Using both the body and landscape as cynosure and subject, she coalesces
topics from ritual, archeology, architecture, travel, textiles, and
nature. Her works, which include sculpture, installation, performance and
costume, examine the constant resurfacing of the past, and its integration
with the present.
Concurrent with her studio practice, Miller designs sets, costumes, and
textiles both independently and for films, theatre, and dance. Her work
has been featured in several theatres and exhibitions, including Gallery
125, Seoul, Korea; Teatro Communale, Citta della Pieve, Italy; Teatro
Mancinelli, Oriveto, Italy; Museum of Arts and Design, NYC; PS 122, New
York; Newark Museum, NJ; Rosalie Borowsky Gallery, PA; and the Cranbrook
Museum of Art, MI. In addition to teaching at Pratt she also teaches
coursework in the Enterprise Program in Sustainability at FIT in New York,
and the Fiber Department at University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She
has worked in India, where she has done extensive research in addition to
teaching textile design and fibers to university students. Additional
experience includes teaching coursework at the Penland School of Crafts,
Tyler School of Art, Williams College, Museum of Arts and Design, Cooper
Hewitt National Design Museum, Japan Society, and the Philadelphia Museum
of Art. Her work has been featured in Interior Design Magazine, the
Bengaluru Pages, and on various sites including Art/ Cloth/Text, EcoChick
and EccoEco. She has written for Hand/ Eye Magazine and the Museum of Arts
and Designs’ educational resource publications.
Miller's work has been published, commissioned, and reviewed
internationally, and is included in both public and private collections.
She received her MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills,
MI and her BFA from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA. She
currently resides and maintains her studio practice in Brooklyn, NY.