Bio 💡

My grandma kept a special drawer of tiny objects for me in her kitchen. As a toddler, the drawer was just my height, and the contents changed with every visit: a spool of thread, a tiny metal spring, a bumpy thimble, a funny-shaped rock. Growing up in South Florida somewhere between the lagoon, the strip malls, and the orange tree groves, I learned to make my own fun and to stay curious about the world.

In my work, I explore themes of humor and wonder through careful still life constructions documented with a mixture of digital and analog tools. My process is heavily informed by collecting, exploring, and manipulating materials. My work has been shown internationally in both fine art spaces and editorial publications and is held in private collections. 

As an educator, I design choice-based curricula for K-20 and adult learners with a focus on personal meaning-making, play, and discovery, and I believe strongly in my role as a facilitator of ideas before products. I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. 

Currently, I'm based in the mountains of Southwest Virginia.

Say hi: hulmerachael@gmail.com 👋


Selected awards, residencies

Artist-in-residence, William King Museum of Art, Abingdon, Virginia

2019, 2018
Feed Your Soul Fellowship, Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine

Passionate Photographer grant, Santa Fe Workshops, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Patricia Lion Krongard Award for Excellence in Art Education

Jan Meyer Traveling Fellowship

Selected exhibitions

*Solo show

Constructivism*, William King Museum of Art, Abingdon, Virginia

Break a Leg, Photo-Emphasis, juried group exhibition

Making Art While Teaching, Leidy Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland 

Lessons: Classrooms of the American South*, Main Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland

The Collective, Honfleur Gallery, Washington, DC

ProvocationNY Photo Festival, powerHouse Arena, Brooklyn, NY

© Rachael Hulme 2021

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