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. 

Press / Publications

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)

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

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

2011 International Painting Annual-2. Cincinnati, OH

2011 Canvas Creative Arts Magazine. Bloomington, IN


Born 1982, Baltimore, MD

Lives and works in Austin, TX


2011 MFA Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

2005 BFA Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD


2017 Austin Fire Department Residency, Austin, TX

2013 Halka Sanat, Istanbul, Turkey

2012 Babyan Culture House, Ibrahimpasa, Turkey


2017 Fire. Pump Project Gallery. Austin, TX

2017 Trade Show. Pump Project Gallery. Austin, TX

2016 Midas. grayDUCK Gallery. Austin, TX

2016 Uccellos. Handbuilt Motorcycle Show. Austin, TX

2015 Victory Lap. Project Space. Salem, OR

2015 Cops + Robbers. Stumptown. Portland, OR

2015  Itinerant. Stumptown. Portland, OR

2013 Kenar/Edge. Halka Sanat. Istanbul, Turkey

2013 Another Place. Gallery at the Jupiter. Portland, OR

2013 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

2017 Living for the City. Gallery 701, The Long Center. Austin, TX

2017 Red Dot. Women & Their Work. Austin, TX

2017 Naissance. Gallery 701, The Long Center. Austin, TX

2017 Friend of a Friend. Pump Project Gallery. Austin, TX

2017 Oil & Ink Expo. traveling show, USA

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

2016 Red Dot. Women & Their Work. Austin, TX

2016 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

2012 Through the Needle's Eye. EMP Collective x the Rotating History Project. Baltimore, MD

2012 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

2011 Area Show I. SoFA Galley, Indiana University. Bloomington, IN

2011 National Wet Paint Exhibition. Zhou B. Art Center. Chicago, IL

2011 National Juried Exhibition. First Street Gallery. Curator Paul Resika. New York, NY

2010Visual Overload. The Fuller Projects. Bloomington, IN

2010 2DA. Low Road Gallery. Greencastle, IN

2010 The Child Ballads Show Pt I. The G-Spot x the Rotating History Project. Baltimore, MD

2010 Area Show. SoFA Gallery, Indiana University. Bloomington, IN

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


2018 Public Project and Residency, Austin Fire Department and Art in Public Places, Austin, TX

2018 Capacity Building Grant, Austin, TX

2015 Eyes Got It, first place, Austin, TX

2007 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant

2003 Williamsburg Grant