Image courtesy of Melody Woodnutt, 2014.

Image courtesy of Melody Woodnutt, 2014.

SHORT BIO:
Rachel Lin Weaver was born in Austin, Texas (b. 1985), and spent her childhood in Alaska and West Virginia. Rachel grew up certain she would eventually become a scientist, but instead she ended up becoming an artist. Rachel first studied at Berea College and then went on to receive her MFA at Indiana University Bloomington in 2012. She now creates projects at the intersections of video art, site-specific installation, sound art, documentary, and performance.

Rachel's works have been exhibited in numerous cities in the US, as well in Canada, the UK, Ireland, Finland, Iceland, Sweden, France, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Croatia, Colombia, Argentina, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Iran, Israel, and Qatar. Her work is held in numerous private and public collections. Rachel is also currently curator and co-director of Cinema Reset, the new media program of the New Orleans Film Festival. 

Rachel's creative interests relate directly to her upbringing in proximity to wilderness areas and rural communities in poverty. She finds many useful metaphors in the natural world. Thematically, her work explores memory, narrative, resilience, landscapes and people in flux, and ecological systems. 

As an educator, Rachel is dedicated to working with marginalized communities, fighting for inclusivity, and teaching art, technology, and media tools. She currently lives and works in Appalachia, where she is an Assistant Professor of Creative Technologies in the School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech. 

Professional Affiliations
The bell hooks Institute
National Geographic

The Smithsonian Institute
The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction