We’re excited to introduce Rachael Abrams as our new Family Programs Coordinator. Rachael is an artist, originally from California, who’s currently living in Brooklyn. She has a bachelor’s in printmaking from UC Santa Cruz. Before joining the Museum, Rachael lived in Barcelona and London, developing as an artist and discovering a passion for art education.
In Barcelona, she worked closely with Catalan artist Manu De Val, assisting in his studio and collaborating on new works. Looking for another adventure, Rachael made a spontaneous move to London, where she was introduced to art education through a teaching position at an elementary school in East London. After moving back to the states, she landed her first museum job as an Artist Assistant for the Guggenheim’s Learning Through Art program. Collaborating with a teaching artist, she helped plan and shape art projects for six-graders at PS 86 in the Bronx.
When asked which artists inspire her, Rachael says she’s been most directly influenced by Louise Bourgeois, Nancy Spero, Marcel Duchamp, Antoni Tapies, Kiki Smith and Manu De Val. She describes her own work as abstract representations of real-life interactions and says it reflects her experiences living in Europe, especially the personal relationships she formed there. Shifting the Gaze: Painting and Feminism and Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World) are among her favorite JM shows. She especially liked having the chance to work directly with the ever-entertaining Maira Kalman.
Rachael’s expertise and hard work have been an incredible asset to Family Days and drop-in art workshops. Her talents have made them educational, creative and FUN. Rachael is looking forward to the fall and getting started on projects drawing from the colorful illustrations and collages in the upcoming Ezra Jack Keats exhibition, which opens September 9.