Bio

Rachel Deutmeyer is an artist and educator living in East Tennessee. Her photography-based art explores inconsistencies of memory and connections to place beyond tangible perception. Abstractly tied to childhood memories and the significance of motherhood, Deutmeyer's work reflects lived experiences as places of joy, sorrow, contemplation and peace. 

Raised in eastern Iowa, Deutmeyer graduated with a B.A. in Graphic Design from Ashford University and an M.F.A. in Integrated Visual Arts from Iowa State University. Her artwork has been regionally and nationally exhibited with a solo exhibition of Everything Fades forthcoming at the Dubuque Museum of Art in Dubuque, Iowa. Deutmeyer teaches photography, theory and history as Assistant Professor of Photography at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, TN.

ACADEMIC FACULTY APPOINTMENT

Current: Assistant Professor of Photography / Carson-Newman University / Jefferson City, Tennessee

Fall 2019 - Spring 2022: Assistant Professor of Photography / William Woods University / Fulton, Missouri

EDUCATION

MFA: Integrated Visual Arts / Iowa State University / Ames, IA

BA: Graphic Design / Ashford University / Clinton, IA

EXHIBTIONS

2021
LAND AND PATCHWORK, Central Bank of Boone County, Columbia, MO (solo exhibition)
LAND AND PATCHWORK, Pump House Regional Arts Center, La Crosse, WI (solo exhibition)
HINDSIGHT IS 2020, Columbia Art League, Columbia, MO
2021 WATERLOO ARTS JURIED EXHIBITION, Waterloo Arts, Cleveland, OH
FLORA + FAUNA, Decode Gallery, Tucson, AZ (juried by Holly Hart)
IN-BETWEEN MOMENTS, Praxis Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (juried by Sarah Weiss)
FACULTY EXHIBITION, Mildred M. Cox Gallery, William Woods University, Fulton, MO

2020
RESILIENCE, REFLECTION, REBUILDING, Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, Overland Park, KS
MAY, Yost Gallery, Highland Community College, Highland, KS (solo exhibition)
EARTH MOTHER/MOTHER EARTH, Don’t Smile (online, juried by Noelle McCleaf)
FACULTY EXHIBITION, Mildred M. Cox Gallery, William Woods University, Fulton, MO

2019 
COMFORT & JOY, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO (juried by Bryan Haynes)
ISOLATION, Millepiani Exhibition Space, Rome, Italy (juried by Antonio Muratore; 84 works selected from 1,377 submissions)
DEFINING HOME, Woody Gaddis Gallery, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK (juried by Jesse L. Miller, Mark Zimmerman, and Angela Cejda Mackey)
PHOTO VISION, Orr Street Studios, Columbia, MO (juried by Matt Rahner)
DUMA BIENNIAL, Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, IA (juried by Sarah Humphreville)
IOWA VISIONS, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA (two-person exhibition)
THE SOUND I SAW, The Postcard Collective (juried international postcard exchange)

2018 
TRACES: A FARM IN EASTERN IOWA, Design on Main, Ames, IA (solo MFA thesis exhibition)
BIORENEWABLES ART COMPETITION (9th Annual), Bioeconomy Institute, Iowa State University, Ames, IA (juried by Alison Ferris and Catherine Reinhart)
APEX, Memorial Union Gallery, Ames, IA (juried by Ramona Muse Lambert)
FOCUS, Artist Grant Exhibition 2018, Memorial Union Gallery, Ames, IA
BLACK AND WHITE: 2018, Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR (juried by Todd Johnson; 54 works selected from 600 submissions)
COMMON CHANNEL: RESPONSES TO LEDGES STATE PARK, Boone History Center, Boone, IA (invitational)
FIBERS AND FORMWORKS, Gallery 181, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

2017 
STUDENT EXHIBITION, Design on Main, Ames, IA
10x10 SMALL WORKS (10th Annual), Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita, KS
STUDIES IN CREATIVITY, Memorial Union Gallery, Ames, IA (juried by Amenda Tate Corso)
TRANSCENDENCE THROUGH OBSERVATION, Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, IA
TOPOGRAPHIES, Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita, KS
FRAMEWORK, Gilded Pear Gallery, Cedar Rapids, IA (juried by Kristina Fjellman)
COMMON CHANNEL: RESPONSES TO LEDGES STATE PARK, Clear Lake Center for the Arts, Clear Lake, IA (invitational)
EMERGING ARTISTS, Art Haus, Decorah, IA (juried by Shannon Dallenbach Durbin)
SUMMER 2017 EXCHANGE, The Postcard Collective (juried national postcard exchange)
COMMUNITY OF ARTISTS, Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, IA (juried by Sarah McCoy; 43 works selected from 197 submissions)
ON THE VERGE, Gallery 181, Iowa State University, Ames, IA (invitational)
PASSING VOICES, Gallery in the Round, Ames, IA (invitational)

2016 
ABSTRACT SIMPLICITY, Gallery 181, Ames, IA (juried by Letitia Kenemer)
ARTS COUNCIL STUDIO TOUR, Design on Main, Ames, IA (invitational)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Art 103: Art Foundations
Art 105: Basic Design
Art 120: Art Appreciation (online)
Art 202: Fundamentals of Graphic Design
Art 210: Portfolio Development
Art 230: Survey of Western Art I
Art 256: Introduction to Photography 
Art 326: Photographic Lighting and Editing
Art 327: Experimental Photography
Art 331: Modern and Contemporary Art
Art 337: Photography History
Art 350: Professional Practice
Art 400: Advanced Projects
Art 451: Art Internship II
Art 450: Narrative Photography
Art 453: Photographic Portfolio

AWARDS & GRANTS

2019 Second Place award, Photo Vision, Orr Street Studios, Columbia, MO

2018 Teaching Excellence Award, Graduate College, Iowa State University, Ames, IA (Given to the top 10% of teaching graduate students each year across the university)

2018 Graduate Tuition Award, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

2018 Best in Show, 9th Annual Biorenewables Art Competition, Bioeconomy Institute, Ames, IA

2018 Thesis accepted for presentation, Graduate and Professional Students’ Research Conference, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

2017 Focus Artist Grant, Iowa State University, Ames, IA (Horizon of Iowa Grassland, three 24x24” encaustic painting and photography)

2017 Honorable Mention award, Emerging Artists Juried Exhibition, Art Haus, Decorah, IA

2017 Graduate Tutition Award, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

2016 Focus Artist Grant, Iowa State University, Ames, IA (Heritage Farms: Preservation and Evolution, photography project)

2016 Graduate Tuition Award, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

2013 Outstanding Student Leadership, Ashford University, Clinton, IA

2013 Art Project Grant, Art Gumbo, Dubuque, IA (SlowPrint Artist and Writer Postcards)

PUBLICATIONS

2020 The William & Mary Review, literary and artistic magazine based in Williamsburg, VA (reproduction of photograph from “Land and Patchwork” included in publication)

2020 Blue Arrangements Publishing House (Tucson, Arizona), “The Dominant Animal,” Kathryn Scanlan (3 photographs published in Scanlan’s collection of short stories)

2018 Aint-Bad Magazine, “Rachel Deutmeyer,” Fred Hirschman (article about my project “Patch Towns,” reproductions of photographs)

2017 Flyway, Journal of Writing and Environment, Iowa State University, “Iowa Topography.” (article about my project “Iowa Topography,” reproductions of photographs)

PRESS

2018 Iowa State University Bioeconomy website, “Woodcut Print Wins 2018 Biorenewables Competition,” Robert Mills (article about my woodcut print, “Theodore”)

2018 Trail Tales, “Common Channel: Responses to Ledges State Park,” John Cunnally (photographs discussed as part of the group exhibition)

2017 KHOI Community Radio, Ames, IA, “Artist Nesting Habits,” Ursula Ruedenberg (interview about exhibition Transcendence through Observation)

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