Rachel L. Mindrup, MFA
Rachel L. Mindrup, MFA

Rachel L. Mindrup, MFA

Resident Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Expertise/Specializations

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Social Practice

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Fine & Performing Arts

Position

  • Resident Assistant Professor

Teaching Activity

  • Art Fundamentals
  • Artistic Anatomy
  • Life Drawing I-IV
  • Senior Thesis

Biography

Rachel Mindrup, is a visual artist who is active in both her local and regional art communities. She received her BFA from the University of Nebraska - Kearney and then continued with atelier studies at the Art Academy of Los Angeles. She received her MFA from the Art Institute of Boston. Her current painting practice is about the study of the figure and portraiture in contemporary art and its relation to medicine. More specifically, since 2010 Mindrup has been working on her "Many Faces of Neurofibromatosis (NF)" series to bring awareness to this little known genetic disorder that affects 1:3000 individuals.

Mindrup's client list includes: Kiewit Corporation, Boys Town, Boys Town National Research Hospital, and the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally including the Queens Museum in NYC and Georgia Regents University. Her artwork is held in many private collections including those of Primatologist Jane Goodall and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Education

  • Master of Fine Arts, Art Institute of Boston, Cambridge, MA
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Nebraska - Kearney, Kearney, NE

Publications and Presentations

Presentations

  • Many Faces of NF. Washington University's NF Clinic Bi-Annual NF Symposium. St. Louis, MO.
    Invited by Dr. David Gutmann, NF Clinic Director., 2016
  • The Content of Character: Portraits of People with NF. Artist Talk and concurrent art exhibition at the University of Nebraska - Omaha. I presented twelve artist talks to various English Composition classes at UNO during the NF Service Learning Semester. The entire English department faculty ran in the "Cupid's Undie Run" which is a benefit for the Children's Tumor Foundation while the English students volunteered. We raised over $1,000 for CTF with this service learning project., 2015

Awards and Honors

  • Artist in Residence, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, 2017
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, NISOD, 2015
  • The Mamie E. Johnston, D.O., FACOP, Creative Medical Art in Teaching Award, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, 2011