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Rachel Morrissey was born in 1986 in Dorchester, Massachusetts and grew up in the Connecticut suburbs. Morrissey received her MFA in May 2016 from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She earned a Post-Baccalaureate degree from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2014 and a BFA in Studio Art from Indiana University in 2009. She is a mother of two young children. Morrissey currently lives and works in her home studio in Medfield, Massachusetts. 

Rachel Morrissey’s narrative paintings give form and context to an invisible struggle with mental health, motherhood, fertility, pregnancy and daily life. Her paintings contain reoccurring imagery of unknowable strange plants as romantic associations for motherhood and fruitfulness, while weeds and vines represent the tension of her ongoing battle with anxiety. This playful balance of colorful imagery evokes seductive properties  one moment and strangling vulnerability in the next. The human form is clearly not depicted but its presence is noted through motifs of the body. Morrissey creates these paintings through the lens and history of botanical art with  a nod to childhood bedtime stories. She hopes to seduce the viewer into this seemingly colorful, jubilant world, leading them to  understand that all is not what it is seen above the surface. The motifs and patterns oscillate along the continuum of her experience as a mother finding exuberance, love and joy at one end and utter despair at the other. Morrissey’s work continues to ‘bear fruit’ as she chronicles and interprets the usual and unusual curveballs of life and motherhood through art and imagery.

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2016 - MFA, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA

2014 - Post Baccalaureate, School of the Museum of Fine Arts​, Boston, MA

2009 - BFA Studio Art, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN


Solo & Two Person Exhibitions:

2024 - On View Now: Bloom, Voltz Clarke Gallery X The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach, Spring 2024

2023 - New Beginnings, Rachel Morrissey & Daniel Adenitan, Voltz Clarke Gallery, 1/26-3/18/2023

Select Group Exhibitions:

2024 - Norton Museum of Art x Sotheby's Art Auction, Palm Beach, February 2024

2023 - Group Exhibition, 19 Karen Gallery, Queensland, Australia, September 2023 

2023 - Raw Emotion II, Group Exhibition, Gallery Tempo, Jamaica Plain, MA, Summer

2022 - Boston International Fine Art Show, Boston, October 20-23, 2022

2022-  Superfine Art Fair, New York City, September 15-18, 2022

2022-  I Like Your Work Podcast, Piano Craft Gallery, Boston, September 2-25, 2022

2022- Raw Emotions, Group Exhibition, Gallery Tempo + Jameson & Thompson 5/6-6/30

2022- SOURCE, Group Exhibition, MassArt x SOWA Gallery 3/12-4/16/2022

2022- Solo Show, "Mother Flower", Cambridge Common, 12/20-1/30/2022, MA

2021 - The Artistellar FOA Talent, Virtual, October - November 2021

2021 -  Forbidden Fruit, I Like Your Work Podcast, Piano Craft Gallery, September 2021

2021 -  Women in Abstraction, New Art Center Corridor at the Trio, July 2021, Newton, MA

2021 -  Bosscritt Daily January, Virtual Exhibition, Winter/Spring 2021

2021 -  Las Laguna Art Gallery, Small Works Big Talent 1/8-1/30/2021

2020 - Every Day In August, Virtual Exhibition, Bosscritt Curitorial Club, Fall 2020

2020 - Congruence, I Like Your Work Podcast, Juried By Bridget Mayer Gallery, Summer 2020

2020 - Superfine E-fair, Summer 2020, New York, NY

2019 - 29th Annual MassArt Auction, Bakalar & Paine Galleries, Boston, MA

2016 - MFA Thesis Exhibition, Bakalar & Paine Galleries, Boston, MA

2016 - Summer GIF Show, Pink Box Collective, Online

2016 - 27th Annual MassArt Auction, Bakalar & Paine Galleries, Boston, MA

2016 - Ways to Use Walls, Student Life Gallery, Boston, MA

2016 - Creative Counterpoints: Women Difference & the Arts, Arnheim Gallery, MA

2016 - That Thing You Said, Arnheim Gallery, Boston, MA

2015 - Hurry Up & Wait 2, Aviary Gallery, Boston, MA

2015 - Hurry Up and Wait, group show, Arnheim Gallery, Boston, MA

2015 - “Bouncing in the Corner”, group show, subSamson, Boston, MA

2014 - emb2dy, Student Life Gallery, Boston, MA



2023 - Create Magazine, Issue 37, Summer

2023 - Art Seen Magazine, Summer

2023 - Women United Art Magazine, Issue III, Spring

2023 - Canvas Rebel, Spring

2022 - February, Friend of the Artist, Volume 14

2022 - I Like Your Work Podcast, Online Interview, Spring

2021 - Deanna Evans Projects, Curated Studio Visits

2020 - Candyfloss Magazine, Enchanted Issue, Fall

2020 - Visionary Art Collective, Artist Feature & Interview, September



2014 - The Doran Scholarship, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

2013 - Post Baccalaureate Grant, School of the Museum of Fine Arts



2023/2024 - New York Crit Club Canopy Residency Program

2021 - March, Dear Artists Residency

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