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Rachel Britton is an award-winning photographer who uses color and editing to create bold imagery. She is detail-oriented, motivated, and loves to make people laugh.

Inspired by fashion and alternative cultures, her work is made with contrast and creativity in mind. Rachel spends her spare time attending concerts, hammocking, reading non-fiction, and just walking around. Rachel was featured in Billboard Magazine, and has won awards from Photographer's Forum Magazine, the American Advertising Awards, and Grand Valley State University.

Collections:

  • 2018

    • Dysmorphia No. 7, Private collection

    • Dysmorphia No. 7, Grand Valley State University Permanent Collection

    • Dysmorphia No. 4, Grand Valley State University Permanent Collection

  • 2017

    • Fuse No. 1, Grand Valley State University Permanent Collection

    • Dea, Private Collection

    • Flow Art - Poi, Grand Valley State University Permanent Collection

    • Flow Art - Hoop, Grand Valley State University Permanent Collection

  • 2016

    • Consumption No. 1 - Self Image, Grand Valley State University Permanent Collection

Awards/honors:

  • 2018

    • Finalist, All Day Getaway Contest, Founder’s Brewing

    • 2nd Place, N.Y. Photo Curator, "Monsters" Online Exhibition

    • Gold American Advertising Award, AAF West Michigan

    • Bronze American Advertising Award, AAF West Michigan

    • Bronze American Advertising Award, AAF West Michigan

    • Finalist, Photographer's Forum Magazine Best of College Photography

  • 2017

    • Monarch of Electric Forest Weekend 1, Electric Forest/Madison House Presents

    • Communications Purchase Award, 5th Annual Student Juried Exhibition, GVSU

    • Honorable Mention, 5th Annual Student Juried Exhibition, GVSU

  • 2016

    • Honorable Mention, Photographer's Forum Magazine Best of College Photography

    • Communications Purchase Award, 4th Annual Student Juried Exhibition, GVSU

  • 2015

    • January Employee of the Month, GVSU Laker Store, GVSU

Exhibitions:

  • 2018

    • ArtPrize 10, Grand Rapids City Hall, Grand Rapids, MI

    • Fractal, GVSU Photography Senior Thesis Exhibition, GVSU Art Gallery, Allendale, MI

    • Student Scholars Day, Mary Idema Pew Library, GVSU, Allendale, MI

    • 1st Annual Visual & Media Arts Student Exhibit, Padnos Student Gallery, Allendale, MI

    • N.Y. Photo Curator, "Monsters" Exhibition, Online

    • Photography Program Feature, Calder Art Center Atrium, GVSU, Allendale, MI

    • TART: A Piquant View of the Female Condition, Holland, MI

    • American Advertising Awards Gala for AAF West Michigan, Grand Rapids, MI

  • 2017

    • Art is a Drag, Mary Idema Pew Library, GVSU, Allendale, MI

    • The Graveyard Shift, Padnos Student Gallery, GVSU, Allendale, MI

    • Intra/ngible, Padnos Student Gallery, GVSU, Allendale, MI

    • 5 Year Anniversary Show, Superchief Gallery NY, New York City, NY

    • Art is a Drag, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI

    • The Jump Off, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI

    • Red Wall Gallery, Kirkhof Center, GVSU, Allendale, MI

    • Student Scholars Day, Mary Idema Pew Library, GVSU, Allendale, MI

    • Avenue for the Arts, Studio 341, Avenue for the Arts, Grand Rapids, MI

    • 5th Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Padnos Student Gallery, GVSU, Allendale, MI

    • Social Justice Art Festival, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

    • Ctrl+Alt+Create, Cerasus Studio, Avenue for the Arts, Grand Rapids, MI

    • Art is a Drag, Padnos Student Gallery, GVSU, Allendale, MI

  • 2016

    • Whispering Woods, Padnos Student Gallery, GVSU, Allendale, MI

    • Student Scholars Day, Mary Idema Pew Library, GVSU, Allendale, MI

    • 4th Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Padnos Student Gallery, GVSU, Allendale, MI

    • Red Wall Gallery, Lake Ontario Hall, GVSU, Allendale, MI

    • Endless Forms Most Beautiful, Mary Idema Pew Library, GVSU, Allendale, MI

  • 2015

    • Macabre, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI

    • Pinned!, Glitter Milk Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI

Drag Performances:

  • 2018

    • Ludington Pride Festival, Sand Bar of Ludington, Ludington, MI

    • 36 Hour Challenge, Grand Rapids Film Festival, Grand Rapids, MI

  • 2017

    • A Twisted Christmas, Sand Bar, Ludington, MI

    • Art is a Drag: The Library is Open, Mary Idema Pew Library, GVSU, Allendale, MI

    • Warhol Factory Party, ArtPrize Hub, Grand Rapids, MI

    • Sigil's The Graveyard Shift, Padnos Student Gallery, GVSU, Allendale, MI

    • Ooky-Kooky-Spooky Halloween Extravaganza, The Fuse Box, Grand Rapids, MI

    • Art is a Drag, Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival, UICA, Grand Rapids, MI

    • Art is a Drag, Ludington September Art Walk, Sand Bar, Ludington, MI

    • Art is a Drag, Avenure for the Arts (First Fridays), UICA, Grand Rapids, MI

    • One Wild Night, ArtPrize event, Muskegon, MI

    • Mini Drag Shows, The Chapel, Electric Forest Festival, Rothbury, MI

    • Her Forest Curated Event, The Observatory, Electric Forest Festival, Rothbury, MI

    • Anything but Cups, The Fuse Box, Grand Rapids, MI

    • Art is a Drag - Avenue for the Arts, Studio 341, Grand Rapids, MI

    • Art is a Drag, Padnos Student Gallery, GVSU, Allendale, MI

Publications/features:

  • 2018

    • Photography Senior Selected for This Year's Summer Library Scholars Program, Department of Visual and Media Arts News, April, Allendale, MI

    • Art is a Drag Illuminates Exhibition Space, Off the Shelf, Spring 2018 / Volume 2 / Issue 2, Allendale, MI

    • Best of College and High School Photography, Photographer's Forum Magazine, online

    • GVSU Students Curate Film and Video Exhibition, GVSU Lanthorn, Allendale, MI

    • Visual and Media Arts Exhibitions to Spotlight Student Talent, GV Now, Allendale, MI

    • GVSU Student on Passion for Drag, Fine Arts, and Photography, GVSU Lanthorn, Allendale, MI

    • 36 Hour Challenge, Grand Rapids Film Festival, Grand Rapids, MI

    • King Me - Drag King Documentary, January, GVSU

    • Rachel Britton Photography, Moodhoops.com

  • 2017

    • Laker Store Holiday Advertisement, November, Grand Valley Magazine

    • Art is a Drag: The Library is Open, November, GVSU Lanthorn

    • Art is a Drag: The Library is Open, November, GV Now

    • Window Display Winner, September/October, College Store Magazine

    • Art is a Drag at the UICA, August, GR Magazine

    • Monarch Rachel and Royal Court, June, Billboard Magazine

    • Art is a Drag, February, Grand Valley Television

    • Art is a Drag, February, January, GVSU Lanthorn

  • 2016

    • Laker Store Holiday Advertisement, November, Grand Valley Magazine

    • Various Works, Fishladder, Grand Valley State University

    • Honorable Mention, May, Photographer's Forum Magazine

    • Best of College and High School Photography, Photographer's Forum Magazine

  • 2014/15

    • 10th Annual Store Design Showcase, September, College Store Magazine

    • Laker Store Holiday Advertisement, November, Grand Valley Magazine