Rachel Meginnes is an artist and educator committed to the idea that art creates more fulfilling lives. Rachel received her BA in Art at Earlham College in 1999 and her MFA in Fibers at the University of Washington, Seattle in 2005. In between, she spent two years studying traditional Japanese textile processes in Morioka, Japan. From 2005 – 2011, she co-owned and operated an international rug company based out of Sikkim, India and Seattle, WA. In 2012, Rachel was awarded a three-year residency at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina which began her shift to making artwork full-time. Her work has been exhibited internationally in Thailand and Hong Kong and can be found in the collections of the United States Art in Embassies Program in Amman, Jordan; the Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC; the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR; and Fidelity Bank, in Raleigh, NC.

Rachel has taught all ages from underserved youth in after school programs to incarcerated men in prison to college-aged students and adults in the midst of choosing and changing their careers. Her workshops have been offered at craft schools and colleges across the United States and in Canada. Recently, Rachel developed an arts educational partnership between Earlham College and Penland School of Craft to promote craft education within the context of academic art. Rachel lives and works in Western North Carolina and just received a North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship in Craft.

Portrait Photography by Mercedes Jelinek.




Born in South Royalton VT, 1977            MFA, University of Washington, Seattle WA, 2005

Lives and works in Bakersville NC         BA, Earlham College, Richmond IN, 1999




Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, TMG Booth N-311, Miami Beach FL

Chandler Art Center, Things That Matter, Chandler AZ

Hodges Taylor, Make/Shift, Charlotte NC

Blue Spiral 1, Texture, Asheville NC

Room 912 Gallery, Place to Place, Richmond IN

Portland Public Library, Reverence to the Thread, Portland ME

University of Dallas, What Remains, Irving TX



Penland Gallery, CONVERSATION|What Remains, Penland NC

Eckert Art Gallery, VOLUME, Millersville PA

The Bascom Center, Innovative Fibers: A Survey of Contemporary Textiles, Highlands NC

Blue Spiral 1, Forging Futures, Asheville NC

Light Art + Design, VOLUME, Chapel Hill NC



Wayne Art Center, Craft Forms 2016, Wayne PA

The Jelinek, Between: Layering Context & Perception in Patchwork, Savannah GA

Quirk Gallery, VOLUME, Richmond VA

Blue Spiral 1, Use Watcha Got (Reuse, Recycle), Asheville NC

Central Piedmont Community College, The Penland School of Craft Series, Cato NC

Cameron Art Museum, She Tells a Story, Wilmington NC

Foundry Art Center, Impact, Saint Charles MO

Blue Spiral 1, Contemporary Southern Textiles, Asheville NC

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Fiberart International 2016, Pittsburgh PA

Signature Contemporary Craft, Maximum Craft, Atlanta GA

Detroit Artists Market, The Scent of Rain on Dry Earth, Detroit MI

Central Piedmont Community College - Levine, The Penland School of Craft Series, Charlotte NC



Merzbau Gallery, Threads, Miami FL

5 & J Gallery, G|R|A|Y|S|C|A|L|E, Lubbock TX

The Alice Gallery, I Come to You in Pieces, Seattle WA

Virginia Commonwealth University, PanXiu, Richmond VA

Blue Spiral 1, Structure, Asheville NC

Light, Art + Design, Rachel Meginnes|Susan Harbage Page: Recent Work, Chapel Hill NC

Fiber Arts Alliance, Intertwined: Contemporary Southeastern Fiber Art, Atlanta GA



Campfire Gallery, Calibrate, San Francisco CA

S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, Penland Resident Artist Exhibition, Asheville NC

Hap Gallery, Fail-Safe: Discomforts at Home, Portland OR

Light Art + Design, GROW, Chapel Hill NC

Wailoa Arts & Cultural Center, Re-Imagining Paper and Fiber – International Invitational, Hilo HI

Fashion Gallery, Mnemonikos: Art of Memory in Contemporary Textiles, Hong Kong China

Turchin Center for the Arts, Legacy, Tradition, Reinvention: Penland Resident Artists, Boone NC

Craft Alliance, Fail-Safe: Discomforts at Home, St. Louis MO

The Brink Gallery, Heuristic, Missoula MT

Blue Spiral 1, New x3, Asheville NC



Asheville Area Arts Council, The Barns Studios: 2013, Asheville NC

Light Art + Design, Stitch, Chapel Hill NC

Jim Thompson Art Center, Mnemonikos: Art of Memory in Contemporary Textiles, Bangkok Thailand

The Mill, Flour & Feed, San Francisco CA

The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, In the Mind’s Eye, Marietta GA

Fiberarts Guild, Fiberart International 2013, Pittsburgh PA

Handmade in America, Breaking Ground: Innovative Craft, Asheville NC

Leeds Gallery, Pulled Thread, Richmond IN



Bellevue Arts Museum, BAM Biennial 2012: High Fiber Diet, Bellevue WA

Campfire Gallery, Seeing Stars, San Francisco CA



Art in Embassies Collection, Amman JORDAN; Joseph L. Brady Collection (Private), Denver NC; Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington NC; Capitol Broadcasting Company, Durham NC; Fidelity Investments Corporate Collection, Raleigh NC; Samsel Architects, Asheville NC; Sara McDonnell Collection (Private) Charlotte NC; University of Arkansas, Little Rock AR



North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship 2018-2019

Kinston|Penland Artist in Residence, 2018

Penland Winter Writing Residency, 2017

James Renwick Chrysalis Award Honorable Mention, 2016

Arrowmont Pentaculum Residency, 2015

Penland Resident Artist, 2012 – 2015

Jentel Artist Residency, 2011

Glen Arbor Art Association Artist Residency, 2011




The Batting Series: A Meditation on Loss, Marilyn Zapf


Juried Exhibitions in Print: South #36, New Amercian Paintings




Rachel Meginnes: The Batting Series, Marilyn Zapf (Page 19) https://issuu.com/penlandschool/docs/conversation_whatremains

‘Forging Futures’ Exhibition Celebrates Studio Craft in WNC, Mountain XPress, Alli Marshall https://mountainx.com/arts/forging-futures-exhibition-celebrates-studio-craft-in-wnc/

Feature Artists: Forging Futures, Studio Craft in WNC, The Laurel of Asheville, Frances Figart http://thelaurelofasheville.com/arts/forging-futures-studio-craft-wnc/



A Tradition of Innovation, WNC Magazine, Brian Barth http://www.wncmagazine.com/feature/a_tradition_of_innovation



Evolving the Cloth, Surface Design Journal, Kathryn Gremley

read the article here



Rachel Meginnes’ Captivating, Transformed Textiles American Craft Council, Daniele Maestretti  http://craftcouncil.org/post/rachel-meginnes-captivating-transformed-textiles




MAIWA, Artistic Practice, 5-Day Workshop, Vancouver Canada

Earlham College, Off-Campus Penland Program, Fall Semester, Penland NC (Teaching + Program Development)

Avery Mitchell Correctional Institute, Drawing, Creativity, & Artistic Practice, Spruce Pine NC

Penland School of Craft, Core Seminar, 5-Day Workshop, Penland NC



Earlham College, Artistic Pursuit, 5-Day Workshop, Richmond IN

Penland School of Craft, Core Seminar, 5-Day Workshop, Penland NC



Penland School of Crafts, The Thread Between, 8-Week Workshop, Penland NC

Haywood Community College, Studio Practice, Clyde NC

Penland School of Craft, Core Seminar, 5-Day Workshop, Penland NC

Earlham College Visiting Assistant Professor, History of Craft, Art & Entrepreneurship, Richmond IN



Earlham College Visiting Assistant Professor, Weaving I, Art Cloth I, Drawing I, Richmond IN

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Triple Knot, 2-Week Workshop, Deer Isle ME

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Artistic Practice, 5-Day Workshop, Gatlinburg TN



Heart of Los Angeles, Art After School, 5- Day Workshop, Los Angeles CA

Kenan Institute for the Arts, High School Arts, 2-Day Workshop, Winston-Salem NC



Penland School of Craft, Altered Structures, 1-Week Fibers Workshop, Penland NC

MAIWA, Creative Fabrication, 5-Day Workshop, Vancouver Canada