Ray (Rachel) Farmer

June 1 – August 6, 2021

Ray (Rachel) Farmer is an artist who uses ceramics and quilts to re-examine histories that get passed down through families, institutions, and pop culture—such as the mythology of the American West, and the artist’s own Mormon pioneer ancestry—with a queer, feminist bent.

Farmer has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from Brigham Young University. They have had a number of exhibitions, including at: Granary Arts (Ephraim, UT; 2018), Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art (New York, NY; 2017), and A.I.R. Gallery (Brooklyn, NY; 2013). Farmer has been an artist in residence at Brush Creek Arts and the Museum of Arts and Design. 

During their summer fellowship, Farmer will continue a body of work they have been making that features miniature sculptures of pioneer women in action in diorama-like scenes that question the dominant narratives of the American West.


Below is a recording of their summer 2021 artist talk.