Rachel Stewart is a sculptor and printmaker concentrating on experimental prints using her relief sculptures as a matrix for her prints. She received a BFA in sculpture from Boston University College of Fine Arts and an MA in Creativity Studies from Union Institute and University.
She lives and works in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she teaches and exhibits in galleries and museums throughout the state. Her major exhibitions include a solo show in 2015 at Gallery 221 Hillsborough Community College Tampa, Florida, a collaborative exhibition in 2016 with Jamaican artist, Judith Salmon, at Studio@620 St. Petersburg, and a solo show in 2017 at the Polk Museum of Art Ledger/Murray Galleries, Lakeland, Florida. She has taught art to adults with special needs at the Creative Clay Cultural Center and throughout the St. Petersburg community with the non-profit Nomad Art Project. She is a member of the Florida Artist Group, Las Dames de Art, 24 Hands Printmaking Group, and Fine Art Printmakers Jamaica.
In 2019 and in June of 2022 she was invited to exhibit her experimental prints in a group show with the Fine Art Printmakers Jamaica at the Regional Headquarters University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. Her print Climate Disturbances I was included in an article in the 2021 Autumn Issue of Printmaking Today (UK). Her wall sculpture Re-Defined was selected to be exhibited in the Best of the Southeastern Artists at ArtFields 2021 in Lake City, South Carolina. In 2022 her sculpture Ebb and Flow was selected for the 32nd Annual Florida Juried Art Show in Stuart, Florida.
Although currently living in St. Petersburg, Florida, she frequently travels to Jamaica where she previously lived for twenty years. There she taught at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and exhibited her sculptures in various galleries including the National Gallery of Jamaica. Her collaborative public art murals can be seen in the Springs Plaza in Kingston, Life of Jamaica, and New Kingston Shopping Plaza. Photos of her sculptures are included in the Jamaican publication, “The Garden Party Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Bank of Jamaica 2001, and the 2022 Bank of Jamaica “Golden Treasures”, a selection from the Bank of Jamaica’s Art collection. Her carved wood sculpture, “Wave” is in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston.
Stewart is a recipient of the Artist Resource Fund Award from the Pinellas Arts Council of Florida (2003), St. Petersburg Arts Alliance (2016,2020), and a recent recipient of the Creative Pinellas 2022 Professional Artist Grant Award.