Rachel Van Wylen graduated from Gordon College with a B.A. in Art and English in 2007. While at Gordon, she participated in a study abroad program in Orvieto, Italy. After graduating, she went to The New York Academy of Art, where received an M.F.A. in Painting in 2009. While in New York City, she also studied at the New York Art Students League. In the years since then, she has taught at a number of schools and arts organizations, including Boston Trinity Academy, the Menino Art Center, and Spring Arbor University. She is currently the Art Department Chair at The White Mountain School, in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, where she resides.
In 2015, she was the winner of the Loeschner Competition at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, one of the most significant sculpture collections in the Midwest. Her winning piece is now part of the museum’s permanent collection. Rachel has also shown her work throughout the Midwest, the Northeast, and Italy. A partial list of venues where she has shown her work includes Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, OH; The Elizabeth V. Sullivan Gallery at the Vytlacil Campus of the New York Art Students League in Sparkill, NY; The Muskegon Museum of Art in Muskegon; MI, the Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson, MI; the Art Gallery Le Logge in Assisi, Italy; the Scarab Club in Detroit, MI; and the Mystic Museum of Art in Mystic, CT.