Engaged in broad fields of practice from large scale public installations and traditional gallery work to activist based Community Theater, Owens is concerned with issues of hierarchical social conditions, consumption of the environment and the points where these things intersect. Using objects, video, sound, performance, images, and a feminist lens; materials that once existed with a specific function are reassigned within a new context. By combining incongruous materials and forms, new meaning is created. 

Owens has been included in exhibitions both in the US and internationally including The X Krasnoyarsk Biennial, RU; Franco Soffiantino Contemporary, IT; Austrian Cultural Forum, NY; The Frist Museum, TN; Socrates Sculpture Park,LIC; and the New Museum Window, NY among others.  In March of 2017 her 7th solo show opened at ZieherSmith Gallery in NY  with reviews and inclusion in publications including The New York Times, Art in America, Modern Painters, Flash Art and Triple Canopy Anthology.  Her work can be found in many collections in the US and abroad, among them; The Beth Rudin Dewoody Collection, The Pritzker Family, Sprint Collection and D. Mullin JR.  In January 0f 2020 her solo museum show will open at Housatonic Museum of Art.

Owens is Assistant Professor of Art & Design in the Sculpture Department at SUNY Purchase College.

Email: raraowens@gmail.com


2020    Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport CT (upcoming)

2017     MOTHER, Ziehersmith, NYC 

2016    Machinations, Boris Yeltsin Center, Yekaterinburg, RU

           Inveterate Composition for Clare, Purchase College, Purchase NY (ongoing)

2015    Smile Always, Zieher Smith & Horton, NYC 

2013     Inveterate Composition for Clare, Frist Museum of Art, Nashville

            Trans-Cultural Express, Almost Antipodeans, BAM, Brooklyn NY

2012     Emergency Making Action, New Museum Window, NYC

             Verdantly, Reed Krakoff, NYC

2011     Inveterate Composition for Clare, Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (UN park), NYC

2010     Props, Ziehersmith Gallery, NYC

2008     Harboring, Ziehersmith Gallery, NYC

2007     Wishing Well, Special Outdoor project NADA Art Fair, Miami

2006     Overthrows, Ziehersmith Gallery, NYC

2005     Rubble, Sara Nightingale Gallery at the Scope Art Fair, NYC

             Scatter Hoarder, Ziehersmith (project Space), NYC


2019 Museum of the Cave of the Anthropocene, 2 Person Booth, Untitled, Miami (upcoming)

12x12, Black Ball Projects, Brooklyn NY

2018 Goulash, REAL Tinsel, Milwaukee, WI

         Time Bomb, Watermill Center, Watermill, NY

Art Aspen, Aspen CO

Texas Contemporary, Houston TX

2017 Inaugural Exhibition, THE BUNKER, the collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody, West Palm Beach FL

        It's Happening: 50 Years of Public Art in NYC Parks, Central Park, NYC

        12 x 12 2017, Black Ball Projects, Brooklyn, NY

        Dead Horse Bay, Agnes Varis Center for the Arts, Brooklyn NY

         Post-Election, September Gallery, Hudson NY (curated by Kate Gilmore and Kristen Dodge)

         Double-Edged, Circuit 12, Dallas, TX

         VOLTA 13, Basel 

         The Phillip Johnson Glass House, Summer Benefit Exhibition, New Canaan, CT

2016  Gut Rehab, Realty Collective, Brooklyn, NY (participant and organizer)

          Untitled, Ziehersmith, 2 person booth, Miami FL

          Brural, Temporary Storage, Brooklyn, NY

          KCAC 40 Year Anniversary Exhibition, Kansas City MO 

          Lucky Draw, Sculpture Center, LIC, NY

2015   Alchemy, DC Moore Gallery, NYC

           Artists at Work, Cantor Center, Stanford University, CA (through 2016)

           12x12x12, Black Ball Projects, Brooklyn, NY

           Fog, San Francisco, CA

           Dallas Art Fair, Dallas, TX

2014   Untitled, Miami FL

2013     X Krasnoyarsk International Biennial, Krasnoyarsk, Russia

            Collider, Ziehersmith, NYC (participated and curated, artists: Tommy Hartung,

            Beth Campbell, Lucy Raven, Rachel Owens and Robert Heineken)

            Creative Time Sandcastle Contest, Rockaway Beach, judged by Klaus Biesenbach

2012     Next Wave Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY

            Permanent Collection, Nancy Margolies Gallery, NYC

            Breadbox, ziehersmith pop-up, Nashville

           Dealers Lounge, NYC

2011     BNA to Brooklyn, Nashville

           2x2 for Aids and Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas

           Lucky Draw, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY

           Watermill Center/ Robert Wilson Benefit, Watermill NY

           Socrates Annual Benefit, Long Island City, NY

2010    Nineteen Eighty Four, Austrian Cultural Forum, curated by David Harper, Martha

            Kirszenbaum, & David Komary, New York

            Evading Customs_Milan, Le Dictateur, Milan

            Knock Knock Who's There? That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore, Armand Bartos Fine Art, New York

            Whitney Art Party, NYC

2009    NADA/ART IN/VISIBLE SPACES, 395, Brooklyn, New York

             Grand Reopening, Ziehersmith, New York

             Evading Customs, curated by Peter Russo and Lumi Tan, Brown, London

    Lover, curated by Kate Gilmore and Candice Madey, On Stellar Rays, New York

    On From Here, video program, Guild and Greyshkul, New York

    I Thought our Worlds were the Same, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

    Whitney Art Party, NYC

    Lucky Draw, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY

2008     The New Black, Starr Space, Brooklyn, NY

    Volta Fair, 3 artist booth, Ziehersmith Gallery, Basel

    NADA, Miami (outdoor installation special project)

    Deiu Donne, benefit show, NYC

    Sculpture Center Benefit Show, Long Island City, NY

2007     EAF Fellowship Show, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, New York

    Sculpture Center Benefit Show, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, New York

    Zoo Art Fair, 3 person booth, Ziehersmith Gallery, London

2006     Ionescoe’s Friends, FrancoSoffiantino Artecontemporanea, Turin, Italy

    Collage Party, Ziehersmith, New York

    Empathetic, Temple Gallery, curated by Elizabeth Thomas, Philadelphia, PA

2005     No Apology for Breathing, Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn

    Hissing of Summer Lawns, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Watermill, New York

2004     Some Exhaust, Lehman Maupin Gallery, New York

    Postcards from the Edge, Brent Sikkema Gallery, New York

    Andy Warhol’s Living Room, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Watermill, New York

    Falling in Love with the Jailer’s Daughter, Project Green, Brooklyn

2003   Fear of Flight, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, NY

    An Accord, Weather Records, Brooklyn, NY

    Brooklyn Underground Film Festival, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY

    Talent Show, Project Green, Brooklyn

    Occurrences: The Performative Aspects of Video, Betty Rymer Gallery, Chicago,

2002     One Day, In a Day, Everyday, part of Exhibition Sans, APEX art, New York

    New Homes for America Under Construction, Weather Records, Brooklyn, NY

    Parallel Sensations, Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY

    Bellwether Summer Show, Bellwether Gallery, New York City, NY

    Untitled Storefront, Weather Records, Brooklyn, NY

2000     Hit and Run 4, curated by Edward Winkleman NYC, NY

    Project 1: The Green Room, Brooklyn, NY

    Ship of Fools, The Frying Pan, New York City, NY



Clarity Hanes and Kate Hawes interview for Magic Praxis Podcast, #13 Rachel Owens, April 2018

Halle, Howard, “This Artist made Colorful Casts of the Oldest Living Thing in NYC”. TimeOut NY, April 5, 2017

Meier, Allison, “Casting New York’s Oldest Tree in Luminous Glass”, Hyperallergic April 5, 2017

Page, Andrew, “Rachel Owens’ majestic works in cast resin and glass explore globalization and endurance”, Urban Glass: Hotsheet, March 23, 2017

“Artist from Brooklyn Shows Yekaterinburg as Social Theatre Explores Power Structures”, Its My City, November 23, 2016

Meryl, Lizanne, “Donald Trumps Hair Parodied in NY Art Installation”, Artlyst, June 29, 2016

Page, Andrew, Feature and cover, GLASS, summer 2015

Modern Painter, review, May 2015

Andrew Page, "Complicit", feature interview and cover, Glass Quarterly, summer 2015

Sculpture Magazine, Commissions in Brief, April 2014

Sophie Pinkham, "Trans-Siberian Brooklyn", Bombmagazine.org, June 12, 2013

TransCultural Express fall programme”, Russia Beyond The Headlines, October 1,

reprinted in New York Times, Nov 17, 2013

Michelle Jones, “’Soft Edges’ pop-up by Rachel Owens”, The Tennessean, March 24, 2013

Artlog, "Artist Rachel Owens Ramps Up Reed Krakoff’s Street Cred", June 2012

"Rachel Owens", Sculpture Magazine, April, 2012 (image)

"Hit List", Modern Painters, December-January, 2011/12 (image)

“New Sculpture in Park,” Metro New York, November 17, 2011 (image)

Invalid Format: An Anthology of Triple Canopy volume 1, November 2011

Mary Johnson, "Artist Pays Tribute to Late Parks Employee in Sculpture" Dnainfo.com

October 17, 2011 (image)

Joe Nolan, "Art Crawl Plays Host to ZieherSmith," Nashville Scene, August 4, 2011

Jack Siegel, "Pictures of Pictures: September in New York," InterviewMagazine.com (image)

Scott Indrisnek, "Five Shows to See around the World," Artinfo.com, September 13, 2010

"The Weekly Ten," Artinfo.com, September 10, 2010

Zinta Lundborg, “N.Y. weekend,” Bloomberg, August 27, 2010

Lance Esplund, "NineteenEightyFour," The Wall Street Journal, August 21, 2010 (image)

Karen Rosenberg, "The Lights of Big Brother’s Eyes, Blinking in the City," The New York Times, August 20, 2010 (image)

"NineteenEightyFour," City Arts, August 3 - September 13, 2010 (image)

Michael Freund, "Eine Stadt sucht ihre Superkünstler," Der Standard, July 13, 2010 (image)

R.C. Baker, "Review: NineteenEightyFour," The Village Voice, June 8, 2010

Kris Wilton, "Have You Heard the One About the Urinal?," ArtInfo.com, April 2, 2010

Anthony Haden-Guest, "Can Art Be Funny,"The Daily Beast, March 11, 2010

Rachel Wolff, "See Here Now," New York Magazine, October 12, 2009

"The Wire," Art Lies, Issue 61, March 2009 (image)

"Rachel Owens: Reconstruction," Triplecanopy 4, November 11, 2008

"Goings on About Town: Rachel Owens," The New Yorker, Nov 10, 2008

Arte Aldia News 37, April 8-June 8, 2008

Paul Laster, “Interview With Amanda Coulson,” Artkrush.com, Issue 85, May 28, 2008

Nicholas Hirshorn, “Site Goes from Trash to Treasure,” Daily News, January 31, 2008

"A Reassessment of Feminism," M/E/A/N/I/N/G #4, edited by Mira Schor and Susan Bee Artkrush.com, 2007

"The Approval Matrix: Brilliant & Highbrow," New York Magazine, September 24, 2007

Edith Newhall, "Empathy," The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 06, 2006

Roberta Fallon, "Feel the Pain," The Philadelphia Weekly, November 5, 2006

R.C. Baker, "Shortlist: Rachel Owens ," The Village Voice, June 8, 2006

Holland Cotter, "No Apology for Breathing," The New York Times, August 12, 2005

Stephanie Cash and David Ebony, "Front Page," Art in America, May 2005, (image)

Walter Robinson, "Weekend Updates," Artnet.com, March 29, 2005

C.C. McGurr, "Hodge Podge Collage," PaperMag, March 24, 2005

Merrily Kerr, "Some Exhuast," Flash Art, November - December 2004, image

Benjamin Carlson, Time Out New York, Sept 2, 2004

"Goings On About Town: Some Exhaust," The New Yorker, Sept 6, 2004

Kim Levin, "Critic’s Pick: Some Exhaust," Village Voice, September 2004

"Arts and Leisure Guide," The New York Times, August 15, 2004, image

Helen A. Harrison, "Fear of Flying," The New York Times, November 2, 2003

"Rachel Owens and Matthew Lusk: After School Special," edited by Mira Schor and

Susan Bee M/E/A/N/I/N/G #2

Art V-8 Chicago, Chicago Reader, May 9, 1998

Alice Thorson, "Figuring the Body," The Kansas City Star, November 17, 1997



Cultural Humanitarian Grant US Embassy Moscow, 2017

Faculty Research Grant, Purchase College, 2016 and 2017

Tiffany Foundation Grant nominee, 2015

Joan Mitchell Emergency Grant, 2012

Foundation for Contemporary Art, Emergency Artist Grant, 2011

Pollock Krasner Grant, NYC, NY 2008-09

Harpo foundation Grant for Socrates Sculpture Park, Coconut Grove, FL 2007

EAF Fellowship Award, Socrates Sculpture Park, 2007

G.K. Baum Travel Grant, travel to England and France, June 2002

Graduate Student Grant, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 1997-99

Top Jurors Award, River Market Regional Exhibition, Kansas City, MO 1995

Richard Hollander Family Foundation Award, Kansas City, MO 1994



Brainstorming Bridgeport, Housatonic Museum of Art and HCC, Brideport CT Introduction of upcoming project and brainstorming session for possible projects involving the community. This was a For Freedoms 50 State Initiative Event. 2018

Performing Politics, Neuberger Museum, Purchase NY For Freedoms Panel discussion led by Eric Gottesman with Hakan Topol, Andrea Thome, Rachel Owens and Jonah Westerman, 2018

Central Park NYC, Performances programmed as a part of It's Happening and the initial launch of my project Life on the Other Side of a Cracked Glass Ceiling, 2017

ZieherSmith, New York Artist talk/ exhibition walk-through various groups, 2017

Yeltsin Center, Ekaterinburg, RU Artist Talk and Workshops, 2016

Urban Glass, Brooklyn NY  Artist Talk, 2015

Whitney Museum of Art Young Contemporaries Art Walk: Rachel Owens and Cordy Ryman, 2015

Hunter College MFA Program, NYC Visiting artist, studio visits, artist talk, 2013

Krasnoyarsk Museum, Krasnoyarsk, RU Artist talk and workshop, 2013

The Frist Center for the Arts, Nashville TN, Artists talk and conversation w/ Rachel Owens and Will Ryman moderated by Mark Scala, 2013

The Institute for Wishful Thinking, an examination of social practices moderated by Maureen Connor, Momenta Art, Brooklyn April 22, 2011

Public Art Panel, moderated by Kelly Pajek (percent for Art NYC), Crozier, NYC June 23, 2011

Make a Break Theater Project, A Theater of the Oppressed project in conjunction with the exhibit Props, co-facillitated with Candice Sering, NYC Workshops: August- September and final forum performance September 15, 2010

Nineteen Eighty Four- Huxley vs Orwell, moderated by David Harper, Austrian Cultural Forum, May 2010

Department of Art, University of the South, Sewanee, TN February 18, 2005



Machinations, Yeltsin Center, Performance commissioned by US Consulate Moscow, 2016

Almost Antipodeans, X Krasnoyarsk Biennial, commissioned by BAM and Michael Prokhorov Foundation, 2013

Skin (US), for Next Wave Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 2012

Inveterate Composition for Clare, NYC Parks Department, Temporary Sculpture Program, 2011

Privet, for the exhibition Nineteen Eighty-Four, Austrian Cultural Forum, 2010

Wishing Well, outdoor installation, NADA Art Fair, Miami 2007

Groundswell, Socrates Sculpture Park, 2007