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Rachel Yurkovich was born in South Carolina but lived most of her developing years in Skopje, North Macedonia, and Prague, Czechia.

She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2014. With an interest in living things and their movement as a medium, her work often ends up as video. Rachel was granted the 2014 First Agnes Gund Traveling Award, which allowed her to travel to Chernobyl, Ukraine for filming in the Spring of 2016. Following this opportunity Rachel's work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at The Sculpture Center (Cleveland, OH), Bruce Gallery (Edinboro, PA), the Cleveland Botanical Garden (Cleveland, OH), and the Matthaei Botanical Gardens (Ann Arbor, MI). Her videos have also been featured in film festivals such as the Barcelona Planet Film Festival (Spain), The Berlin Flash Film Festival (Germany), and the Sandalia Sustainability Film Festival (Sassari, Italy).

Currently residing in Cleveland, Ohio, Rachel shares her life with her husband, son, dog, snake, and chickens, while also working in Interpretive Technology for the Cleveland Metroparks.





2014             BFA, Sculpture and Painting, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
2019             Edison Price Lighting, Online & Cleveland, Ohio (Designing With Advanced Lighting, The Art of Lighting)

2015, 2017   Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio (Digital Cinematography II, Intro to Art Therapy)



2019            Best Cinematography, European International Film Festival, Saint Petersburg, Russia (for Black Grass)

2018            Swarm: Insects and Entomology for Artists, Ayatana Artists Research Program, Ottawa, Canada (July 5-11)

                    Best Documentary Feature Film, Barcelona Planet Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain (for Black Grass)

2015            Going Solo Award, The Art of Our Consumption, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, Missouri

2014            First Agnes Gund Traveling Scholarship, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio


2023            Black Grass, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, Michigan

2022            Are You Civilized To Death?, Waterloo Arts Auxiliary Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio (Sept 2 - Oct 1)

2021            Black Grass, Guren Gallery, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland, Ohio

2019            Intercepted, H Space Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
2018            Black Gra
ss, Bruce Gallery, Edinboro, Pennsylvania

                    Black Grass, The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, Ohio (catalogue)  

2016            Rachel Yurkovich and Kate Ball, ROY G BIV Gallery, Columbus, Ohio




2023            It's an Honor to be Here, Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, Lancaster, Ohio

2022            Text Messages, YARDS Project, Cleveland, Ohio 
                    Quaker Galleries by
Curated Storefront, Akron, Ohio

2021            Abandoned: Time and Place, The Chateau Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky (Online Exhibition)

                    Uncompressed, Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, South Carolina

                    Post-Industrial Labor, Tinnerman Lofts, Cleveland, Ohio

2020            AutomatedFringe Arts Bath, Online Exhibition

2019            Art in Times of Anxiety, A.D. Gallery at UNC Pembroke, Pembroke, North Carolina 

                    ROY Family Reunion, ROY G BIV Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
                    Video in America, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York 
                    Blue Tape, Black GlovesMuseum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio

2018            Food Glorious Food, The Art Center-Highland Park, Highland Park, Illinois
2017            Rooms to Let: CLE, PopEye Gallery House, Cleveland, Ohio

2016            I Eat Therefore I Am: SIPMA jurried '16, Artworks Trenton, Trenton, New Jersey

2015            Bottled Water: An Evolving Art Installation, Waterloo Arts, Cleveland, Ohio                  

                    The (Not So) Secret Life of Plants, Paul Robeson Gallery, Newark, New Jersey   

                    FEAST: pleasure + hunger + ritual, Loudoun House Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky

                    ImageOHIO 15, ROY G BIV Gallery, Columbus, Ohio

                    The Art of Our Consumption, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, Missouri

                    Cringe, Aggregate Space Gallery, Oakland, California

2014            Beasties, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, California

                    Un-Natural Nature, SciArt Center, New York, New York

                    Immortal Kombat, SPACES Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

                    VACANCY/NO VACANCY, Waterloo Arts, Cleveland, Ohio

                    Feminism Now 2014: Exposing the Truth, Project Site, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

                    360 Degrees of Sight + Sound, Cleveland Museum of Natural History Planetarium, Cleveland, Ohio

                    Divide, Dredge, Difference, Reinberger Galleries, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

2013            Fluidity, Union Street Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

                    Face Off, FORUM Art Space, Cleveland, Ohio

                    In-Turn: Divided Attentions, Zygote Press, Cleveland, Ohio



2022            Filmfest Dresden, Dresden, Germany
2019            European International Film Festival, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2018            Sandalia Sustainability Film Festival, Sassari, Italy
                    Berlin Flash Film
Festival, Berlin, Germany

                    Free Range Film FestivalWrenshall, Minnesota
Barcelona Planet Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain

2015            Davis International Film Festival​, San Francisco and Davis, California
                    Echofluxx 15, Prague, Czech Republic

                    Glovebox Short Film & Animation Film Festival, Boston, Massachusetts




2022              Shawn Mishak, "Local Artists Deconstruct Text Messages in Thought-Provoking Exhibition at the Yards Project",

SCENE Magazine, September 2022 Read Here

                      Liz Maugans, "Text Messages", CAN Journal, Fall 2022, p. 83 Read Here

                      Kayli Salzano, "The Garage, the Field, and the Table Enter Waterloo Arts", CAN Journal, Fall 2022, p. 80 Read Here

                      "Check Out Rachel Yurkovich's Story" (Interview), Voyage Ohio, July 14, 2022 Read Here

2020              Patrick Curry (Editor), "Foreign Bodies series by Rachel Yurkovich", The Ecological Citizen, Vol 3 No 2,

ISSN 2515-1967, April 2020, p. 179-181 Read Here

2019              Sarah Rose Sharp, "Attention Must Be Paid: ‘Intercepted’ moments at H-Space", The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 

August 25, 2019. D2. Read Here

2018              Alexis Williams and Julya Hajnoczky, The Germinating Herbarium, Ayatana Artists Research Program, 2018, p. 62.65

                      Francis Quettier and Dora Tennant, "Rachel Yurkovich" (Interview), Biennial Edition, WomenCinemakers,

June 2018, p. 26-49 Read Here

Indra K. Lacis (Editor), W2S 2018 Catalogue, The Sculpture Center, July 2018, p. 2, 6-9 Read Here

2017              Dott von Schneider, "Stirring Video Footage of Chernobyl Disaster Scene Underscores Rachel Yurkovich's

Work in Cleveland", Cleveland Scene, August 16, 2017, p. 28 Read Here

2015              "Feast Artist Feature: Rachel Yurkovich" (Interview),, June, 2015 Read Here

2014              Dave Beck (Exhibition Director), IDEAS_14: Exhibition Catalog, International Digital Media & Art

Association, December 2014, Back Cover

                     Ben Walker (Publisher), “Issue 20”, Artist Portfolio Magazine, December 2014, Front Cover

                     Emma Snodgrass, “Featured Member of the Month” (Interview), SciArt Center, December 2014 Read Here

                     Danielle Kalamaras (Curator), Un-Natural Nature, SciArt Center, September 2014, p 62, 63

                     Brianna Van Dyke (Editor), Always We Begin Again, Ruminate Magazine, Spring 2014, p. 45, 78, Back Cover

2013              “Stunted Growth (Arbor Day)”, The Public Art Archive, September 2013.

                     Katlyn Foster (Editor), The Albion Review, Albion College 2013, p. 48 – 49  



2015              Waterloo Sculpture Garden, Cleveland, Ohio




2018              Artist Talk, Case Western Reserve University: Art, Eco-criticism and the Environment,

The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, Ohio

                      Artist Talk, Cleveland Institute of Art: Visual Arts Department, The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, Ohio
2014              Emerging Artist Presentation, SculptureX Symposium 2014: The Social Political


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