My surfaces are like a stage. Scenes develop on them through a frenzy of marks that are drawn, written, erased, & edited. In the process, the drawings begin to take on a spectrum of emotions: uncertain, contradictory, and familiar. 

Rachel Wolfson Smith is an artist based in Austin, TX. Wolfson studied painting at MICA and Indiana University to research the anthropological possibilities of landscapes, and painted them throughout the US, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, and India. Painting in the streets connected her to locals, and she continues to forge these relationships at the Austin Fire Department, where she is currently an artist in residence for a public project that will debut in December. In 2015 Wolfson left her career as an Art Professor to explore the potential of painterly drawing. A self proclaimed motor-head, her landscapes evolved into mural scaled graphite drawings of car and motorcycle crashes that are rooted in themes of emotional trauma, and Renaissance painting compositions. For updates, follow @wolfsonsmith on Instagram.


2017 Iron & Air "Beautiful Disaster: The Art of Rachel Wolfson Smith" x Adam Fitzgerald (Issue 26, pg. 10-15)

2017 Ride Texas Magazine "Rachel Wolfson Smith: Graphite Rider" x Jeida Mitchell (Vol 19 No. 1, Winter 2017, pg. 10)

2016 Daily Serving "Fan Mail: Rachel Wolfson Smith" x Mailee Hung (blog feature)

2016 Supersonic "Rachel Wolfson Smith, Illustrations" x Zach Tutor (blog feature)

2016 Austin 360 "What to See at EAST: 13 Women Artists" x Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

2016 Glass Tire "Rachel Wolfson Smith at grayDUCK Gallery, Austin" x Kathleen Brady Stimpert

2016 The Austin Chronicle "Rachel Wolfson Smith: Midas, at grayDUCK gallery" x Sam Anderson-Ramos

2016 Aether Magazine "Violent Circus" x Rachel Koper

2016 American Statesman "Rachel Wolfson Smith Draws Contemporary Cautionary Tales" x Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

2016 Freee Ber "Low Side with Rachel Wolfson Smith" (Podcast)

2016 Motorcycle Film Festival "Meet the Artist Behind the 2016 Poster: Rachel Wolfson Smith" (Interview)

2015 Booooooom "Rachel Wolfson Smith" x Jeff Hamada (blog feature)

2015 Inspiration Hut "Graphite Illustrations" (blog feature)


MFA - Indiana University, Fellowship

BFA - Maryland Institute College of Art, study abroad Sorrento, Italy


2017 - Austin Fire Department. Austin, TX

2013 - Halka Sanat. Istanbul, Turkey

2012 - Babyan Culture House. Ibrahimpasa, Turkey


2015 - Eyes Got It winner. Austin, TX

2007 - Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant. "Following the Corot Trail", Italy

2003 - Williamsburg paint grant

Public Works

2016/17 - Art in Public Places x Austin Fire Department. Permanent works in six stations. Austin, TX


2017 - Fire. Pump Project Gallery (upcoming). Austin, TX

2016 - Midas. grayDUCK Gallery. Austin, TX

Uccellos. Handbuilt Motorcycle Show. Austin, TX

2015 - Victory Lap. Project Space. Salem, OR

Cops + Robbers. Stumptown. Portland, OR

Itinerant. Stumptown. Portland, OR

2013 - Kenar/Edge. Halka Sanat. Istanbul, Turkey

Another Place. Gallery at the Jupiter. Portland, OR

Egypt in Passing. Werner Center, Western Oregon University. Monmouth, OR

2012 - Glass Wall. Babayan Culture House. Ibrahimpasa, Turkey

2011 - Thesis Show. SoFA Gallery, Indiana University. Bloomington, IN

2005 - Thesis Show. Brown Center and Decker Gallery. MICA. Baltimore, MD


2017 - Good Mourning Tis of Thee. CoLab, Demo Gallery. Austin, TX

Living for the City. Gallery 701, The Long Center. Austin, TX

Red Dot. Women & Their Work. Austin, TX

Naissance. Gallery 701, The Long Center. Austin, TX

Friend of a Friend. Pump Project Gallery. Austin, TX

Oil & Ink Expo. traveling show, USA

2016 - 12th Annual People's Gallery Exhibition. City Hall. Austin, TX

Red Dot. Women & Their Work. Austin, TX

Art City Austin Art Fair x grayDUCK booth. Austin, TX

2015 - The Blend. Smith Fine Arts. Salem, OR

2012 - Being There. Buckham Gallery. Flint, MI

Through the Needle's Eye. EMP Collective x the Rotating History Project. Baltimore, MD

International Juried Exhibition. Viridian Artist's Contemporary. Curator Chrissy Isles, Whitney Museum. New York, NY

2011 - The Child Ballads Show Pt II. Union Docks x the Rotating History Project. New York, NY

Area Show I. SoFA Galley, Indiana University. Bloomington, IN

National Wet Paint Exhibition. Zhou B. Art Center. Chicago, IL

National Juried Exhibition. First Street Gallery. Curator Paul Resika. New York, NY

2010 - Visual Overload. The Fuller Projects. Bloomington, IN

2DA. Low Road Gallery. Greencastle, IN

The Child Ballads Show Pt I. The G-Spot x the Rotating History Project. Baltimore, MD

Area Show. SoFA Gallery, Indiana University. Bloomington, IN

2008 -  Prince and Pilgrim. Coach House. West Yorkshire, England


Relevant Projects

ICOSA Collective - Design and Archiving Chair 


Area Show I - SoFA Gallery, Indiana University. 2011

Visual Overload. Fuller Gallery. Bloomington, IN. 2010

Teaching Experience 

The Art School at Laguna Gloria. Austin, TX 2017

Western Oregon University. Monmouth, OR 2011 - 2015

Study Abroad x Indiana University. Florence, Italy 2011

Indiana University. Bloomington, IN 2009 - 2011


Station 22. Austin Fire Department. Austin, TX 2017 (upcoming)

CoLab Demo Gallery - "Good Mourning Tis of Thee" in collaboration with Matt Rebholz. Curated x Alyssa Taylor Wendt & Sean Gallagher. Austin, TX 2017

Pump Project Art Complex. Austin, TX 2016

Monmouth Library x WOU. Monmouth, OR 2015

WOU APSC building - co-lead. Monmouth, OR 2014

Garden Villa. Bedford, IN 2011


International Drawing Annual-9. Manifest Gallery. Cincinnati, OH. 2015

International Drawing Annual-8. Manifest Gallery. Cincinnati, OH 2013

International Painting Annual-2. Cincinnati, OH 2011

Canvas Creative Arts Magazine. Bloomington, IN 2011