• Doctoral Candidate, Curriculum Studies (ABD), University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).
    2011 MA, Art Education, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).
    2003 BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

    Rachel Harper is an artist and educator in Chicago. She teaches art and music in the College of Education at DePaul University in Chicago, is Lecturer in Arts Administration at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and teaches social studies methods for Elementary school teachers in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Rachel teaches in the galleries of The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, where she leads the Teacher Institute for K-12 classroom teachers. Rachel has also taught at the Block Museum at Northwestern University, the Francis W. Parker School in Chicago, and has mentored youth in the arts and arts administration through partnerships with Chicago's After School Matters and Marwen.

    Rachel is founder of Seen + Heard, an artist project advocating for the cultural works of people age 0-12, and is currently developing the project in residence at the Art Institute of Chicago museum. She consults on program design for the DePaul University Visual Arts Education Program and serves as an education representative on the Curatorial Board of the Ragdale Foundation. In partnership with Stockyard Institute, Rachel works in a residential studio inside the Bernhard Moos Elementary School in Chicago.

    Rachel's audio work and music have been performed in Chicago and New York, she exhibits visual art in national group shows, and presents research at national conferences. She is recipient of the 2015 3Arts Teaching Artist Fellowship from the Ragdale Foundation, the 2012 Ann Lynn Lopez Schubert Memorial Fellowship in Curriculum Studies (UIC), the 2011 Master of Arts Fellowship in Art Education (SAIC), the 2006 Friends Fellowship from the Ragdale Foundation, and First Place winner of the 1999 James L. McCrimmon Award in Writing. Rachel is recipient of grants from the Leopold Schepp Foundation, UIC, SAIC, the Mary Averill Fisk Foundation, the School of the Arts Foundation, Chicago Art Department, 3Arts 3AP, and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

    CV available upon request.

    Selected recent publications:

    Harper, R. L. S. & Ross, L. (in press). View from the gap: The Teacher Institute at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. In D. C. Ketchka, & B. S. Carptenter (Eds.), Professional development in art museums: Strategies of engagement through contemporary art. Reston, VA: National Art Education Association Press.

    Cosier, K., Harper, R. L. S., Sapp, J., Sokolower, J., Temple, M. B. (2016) Rethinking sexism, gender, and sexuality. Milwaukee, WI: Rethinking Schools.

    Harper, R. L. S. & Lucero, J. (2015). Subject matters of the arts. In M. F. He, W. H. Schubert, & B. D. Schultz (Eds.), Guide to curriculum in education. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

    Harper, R. L. S. (2014). Untitled (Love songs, for Professor Ward Weldon). Visual Arts Research, 40(1), 66-67.

    Harper, R. L. S. (2013). Shape of the wound: Restorative justice in potential spaces. Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, 29(2).

    Harper, R. L. S. (2013). Within the simultaneous genealogies of curriculum history. The Sophist’s Bane: Journal of the Society of Professors of Education, 7(1).