Rachel Simmons

Rachel Simmons is an American artist-educator who teaches foundations, printmaking and book arts at Rollins College, an innovative liberal arts institution in Winter Park, Florida. She began her teaching career after earning her MFA in Painting & Drawing from Louisiana State University. Rachel specializes in book arts & printmaking, and her diverse studio practice is informed by both environmental activism and personal narratives. In her socially engaged art projects, Rachel asks community participants to think critically and creatively about our relationship with nature. Endlessly curious about the natural world and our relationship with it, Rachel often collaborates with scholars from other academic disciplines and communities to create new work. She has traveled to Antarctica, Iceland, Namibia, the Galapagos Islands and many of the US National Parks to research environmental issues pertaining to these projects.