Rachael Banks (b. Louisville, KY) is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Northern Kentucky University and is based in Covington, KY. She received a master of fine arts degree in photography from Texas Woman's University (Denton, TX). Her work has been shown regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Rachael's work focuses primarily on family dynamics, relationships, and nostalgia. She is especially interested in social subcultures and identity informed by place. Her ongoing project, Between Home and Here, is a narrative series about guilt, assumed family, and life in a landlocked state. Rachael is an avid supporter of self-publishing, accessible art, zines, and collecting. She is inspired by artists who work in collaboration with each other and their community.
Her teaching research examines use social media platforms as means of self-promotion, contemporary trends that relate to artistic practice, professional work ethic, social awareness, and conceptual thinking.
Rachael holds great value in being both an educator and a working artist. She welcomes any opportunities that relate to visiting institutions, conducting portfolio reviews, guest lectures, and collaborative efforts.
Rachael’s zine, Blue Baby Blues (release date: 10/01/2017) is available for pre-order. Blue Baby Blues is a collaborative publication about childhood memory, family secrets, and death.
Go to www.rachaelbanksphoto.com/store/blue-baby-blues to get a copy.
When Rachael isn’t making work or teaching, you can find her in her greenhouse or traveling with her dog. Contact Rachael directly if you want her to mail you a bag of dead flowers…
You can reach out to Rachael via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Instagram @rachaelcbanks. You can see more of her work here.