Rachel Dickerson Invitational

June 10th, 2022 - October 11th, 2022

About the Artist

Rachel Dickerson, a 25-year-old graphic designer, graduated from Campbell in 2018 with a double major in Graphic Design and Studio Art. Originally from Maryland, she began her journey at Campbell in 2014. After experiencing a bit of a culture shock at first, Rachel grew to love the Campbell community, crediting friends and professors with creating a warm and comforting environment for her. Rachel feels she really came into her own as an artist in her senior year, able to express her creativity and solidifying her decision to begin a career as a graphic designer. Entering artistic competitions, at Campbell and elsewhere, allowed her to showcase her work while forming her own expressive identity as an artist.

Now, as a Graphic Designer and Marketing Specialist for the Alexandria Transit Company (DASH) in Alexandria, VA, Rachel manages advertising campaigns and creates graphics, illustrations, and animations for in-house productions and events. In her spare time, she ventures into the freelance art world, creating sculptures and ceramic pieces for interior design.

Rachel's exhibit showcased work from her time at Campbell, including pieces from her Senior Showcase. Much of her work depicts people of color and women, both of whom Rachel identifies as. Her self-identity is a major inspiration for her work. Of her triangle-motif "Artists of Color" piece, Rachel says the combination of different shades of brown represents the unity of minority groups during the push for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion of recent years; the paint brushes symbolize Rachel the artist. This work was created in 2016 for a club within the UNC School of Art and is still in use today. "FKA Twigs" and "Fo'" depict women of color who challenge the world around them, breaking barriers and courageously standing up for themselves. Showcasing women who inspired her in her work, Rachel hopes to inspire others, and to see more women as subjects in the print art medium.

The artist says, "Art is subjective. Not everyone has to like it, and that's okay, but if it makes you smile and think about what the artist is trying to portray, that makes me happy." Hoping to bring some of the color she sees into the lives of people who might see solely in black and white, Rachel thanks God every day for her ability to create and inspire.

Rachel's Work