Rachel Nora Loischild

Boston, MA

Rachel Loischild is an artist and photographer currently living in the greater Boston area. She is an adjunct professor of photography at Clark University, Worcester, MA and at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA. She received her BA in Studio Arts from Clark University and earned her MFA in Photography from Pratt Institute in New York. Her work has been published in Powerhouse Magazine and IM Magazine, who featured her photo essay “Estate Sales”, which was also represented at the 2011 Fresh Works exhibition during the Flash Forward Festival Boston. This spring she made her international debut with her much celebrated solo show entitled “Going Home” at the Jeonju Photo Festival in Korea.

Over the last decade her work has been exhibited nationally at the Danforth Museum (MA), the Monmouth Museum (NJ) Cooper Union's Great Hall (NY) the Christiensen Gallery at Augsburg College (MN), Photoplace Gallery (VT), and Draewell Gallery at Judson University(II), among others. Rachel has won numerous grants and awards including the Alice Higgins Grant for her work in alternative process photography, as well as being a finalist for the Inge Morath Award in photography.

Night Wanderings

Night Wanderings is a collection of night photographs that depict a dreamy landscape of Boston’s Roslindale neighborhood. Living atop the highest hill in Boston the light pollution colorfully illuminates the night sky, reflecting the commerce of the city bellow, the hight separating the urban epicenter from the urban sprawl.

These cinematic night-scapes examine the disconnected nature of urban living. To live in a city of millions, surrounded by people and to feel all alone. The eerie atmosphere plays a key role in these images visually defining the work. The air is thick with moisture blues and pinks shine through ambient light, creating an other worldly experience, reflecting the implied isolation of the viewer.

These photographs are a result of wanderings through and around my Boston neighborhood at night, while neighbors go about their interior, hidden lives, the only evidence of which is through their illuminated windows.


M.F.A in Photography with distinction, Pratt Institute Brooklyn, NY.

BA with Highest Honors in Studio Arts, Magna Cum Laude, Clark University Worcester, MA.

Semester Abroad - Clark University London Internship Program, London University London, UK.


Hess Gallery, Pine manor college Chestnutthill, MA (Solo). 
Fresh Works, Flash Forward Festival Boston, Boston, MA.
Domestic Comfort, Jeonju photo festival, Jeonju, Korea (Solo). 
Roots, Goddard House Clark University, Worcester MA. 
A Reasonable Facsimile, Christensen Gallery, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN.

DIRECT OBJECTS: Still Life as Subject, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT. 
A Reasonable Facsimile, Draewell Gallery, Judson University, Chicago, IL. 
Preoccupied, Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA. 
Alchemy Art + Science, Schilkamp Gallery, Worcester, MA.

New England Photography Biennial, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA.
Herstory Invitational Exhibition, Mercer Gallery, Rochester, NY. 

Juried Photography Invitational Exhibition, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ.
Faculty group Show, Gallery 303 Brookline, MA.

Fine Art Group Show, Pratt Manhattan Gallery New York, NY.
Tag Sale, MFA Thesis Show, Stubin West Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (Solo). 
INDWELLING: Living in a Female Body, Juried Exhibition, Cooper Union's Great Hall Gallery, New York, NY.
Selected Works, Pushkin Gallery Greenfield, MA.

Symposium Juried Show, Stuben South Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. 
Photography Group Show, Stuben West Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. 
Installation, Traina Center for the Arts, Worcester, MA (Solo).

BA Thesis Show, Schiltkamp Gallery Worcester, MA. 
Arts Worcester Members Show, Aurora Gallery, Worcester, MA. 
Juried Exhibition, Aurora Gallery, Worcester, MA. 
Photography Group Show, Schiltkamp Gallery, Worcester, MA.

Black Sheep, Amherst, MA (Solo).

Grants and Awards

Photo essay “Estate Sales”: Finalist, Inge Morath Award, Magnum Foundation, 2010. 
Certificate of Excellence for outstanding academic achievement, Pratt Institute, 2007.
Alice Higgins Grant, for research and fulfillment of photographic project, Clark University, 2004.
Alumni & Friends Scholarship, Clark University, 2002-2005.
Academic Achievement Award, College of Wooster, 2001.


Feature article, “Estate Sales”, IM Magazine, May 2011.

Direct Objects: Still Life as Subject, exhibition catalogue, 2010. 
''Photo conversation, exhibit coming to Judson University," Daily Herald, 2010.
Look Out Nikon, Here Comes iPhone: an Exhibition of Cell Phone Photographs, Bulb, 2010.

"Photography Biennial at the Danforth Leaves an Introspective Impression," by Chris Bergeron, Metro West Daily News, 2009.
Estate Sale Project, Herstory Exhibition Catalog, Rochester, NY, 2009.

Tag sale Project: PowerHouse Magazine, Brooklyn, NY, 2007.
Promotional photographs used in advertisements; Improper Bostonian, Boston,MA, 2005-2006.

Lectures and Teaching Experience

Adjunct Professor of Photography, Clark University, COPACE, Worcester, MA, 2009-present.
Adjunct Professor of Photography, Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA, 2007-present.
Adjunct Professor of Photography, New England Institute of Art, Brookline, MA, 2007-2009.
Senior Thesis Guest Lecturer, Clark University, Worcester, MA, 2009.
Herstory panel discussion, Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY, 2009.



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