Hello! My name is Rachele Riley. I am a graphic designer and artist living and working in Greensboro, NC (USA). This site features the work of my students. I have been teaching Graphic Design, Typography, and Motion Design for ten years—at five different art schools in the U.S. I am currently Assistant Professor in the New Media and Design program at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. I try to impart strong research and visual skills to my students—as well as a critical mindfulness about their design work and the world. In my teaching it is important to expose students to the various methods of design, and to support them as they develop an individual experimental process and to form their own voice. I encourage students to make imaginative and inventive work—that is personally- and culturally-siginificant.

My own work is multi-faceted and multi-media, and investigates the visual representation of violence, with an emphasis on the dynamics of place, accumulation and transformation. My approach to design is both poetic and methodical, and focuses critically on the collection, generation, and interpretation of data. In addition to teaching and pursuing my independent work, I am a member of the collaborative critical design research group, Different Data, with Joshua Singer and Dan McCafferty. From 2013–2015, I served on the Board of Directors for DesignInquiry—a non-profit educational organization devoted to researching design issues in intensive team-based gatherings and publishing its outcomes. I hold a a Master of Fine Arts in Design/Visual Communication from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (2005), a Vordiplom in Kommunikationsdesign from the Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle in Germany (2001), and a Bachelor of Science in Studio Art from New York University (1994).

My work has been exhibited in the U.S. and abroad—recently at SIGGRAPH 2014 and at the Baltic Center for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, UK (in 2013). My ongoing project, The Evolution of Silence, was recognized by the 18th Annual Webby Awards as an Official Honoree in NetArt. I have received support for my independent work through a number of faculty research grants, and through external research funds from the DigitalGlobe Foundation and the USA Projects Open Match Fund. I have published my work in journals— Studies in Material Thinking, Special Issue: Visual/Textual (2015), Leonardo/Journal of Arts, Sciences, and Technology (2014)—and am included in Print Magazine Regional Annual 2008, and in the book, Motion Design (Woolman, 2004). I regularly present at conferences, most recently (in 2015) at the CUMULUS Milan: The Virtuous Circle (with Joshua Singer) in Milan, Italy; at the Nordic Design Research (NORDES): Design Ecologies in Stockholm, Sweden; at the Art and Cartography Commission Mapping Ephemeralities workshop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and at DesignInquiry: NoQuo in Vinalhaven, ME.

More information is available at my portfolio site.

Rachele Riley
Assistant Professor
School of Art
University of North Carolina Greensboro
Greensboro, NC

past academic appointments:
(from 2014–2017)
Assistant Professor
School of Art and Design
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL

(from 2009–2014)
Assistant Professor
Department of Graphic Design
College of Art, Media, and Design
The University of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA

(from 2007–2009)
Assistant Professor
Department of Art and Art History
College of Arts and Architecture
University of North Carolina Charlotte
Charlotte, NC

(from 2005–2007)
Assistant Professor and Administrative Director
Department of Kinetic Imaging: Video, Animation, and Sound
School of the Arts
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA