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

Rachel L. Mindrup, BFA, MFA

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences


  • Life Drawing and Artistic Anatomy
  • Painting
  • Social Activism

Academic Appointments


  • Fine & Performing Arts


  • Assistant Professor

Secondary Appointment

  • Medical Humanities

Teaching Activity

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


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.

Publications and Presentations


  • Neurofibromatosis: The People. Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art. The executive director of the museum invited me for a solo show and to work with MOSAIC healthcare systems of St. Joseph, Missouri to highlight NF and paint NF portraits of local residents. These paintings are more in-depth narratives and involve multiple pieces per person, 2019
  • The Many Faces of NF. Carnegie Arts Center, Alliance, Nebraska. I was invited to share my portraits of people with NF and give a public lecture
     , 2019
  • The Many Faces of NF. Farell Education Center, Washington University Medical School. St. Louis, Missouri. Invited by Dr. Gutmann and the NF Clinic to display the portraits at the medical school, Jun - Sept 2018, 2018
  • Missouri Valley Impressionist Society (MVIS) 7th Annual National Exhibition. Gallery 1516, Omaha, Nebraska. I helped curate and organize this national exhibition along with displaying my current figurative works, 2018
  • The Many Faces of NF. Governor's Mansion. Lincoln, Nebraska. Selected and Sponsored by the Nebraska Arts Council, 2018
  • The Many Faces of Neurofibromatosis. Norfolk Arts Center. Norfolk, Nebraska.
    This 2 month exhibition was by invitation. I was able to bring Ashok Shrestha who came to the United States on a medical visa to Norfolk to see his portrait in person, 2018
  • All Faces Threaded with Art. Dongfeng Hi Art Space. Taipei, Taiwan. I have been using Google Translate to work with a woman with NF to exhibit my NF portraits of her and others with NF in Taiwan, 2017
  • Portrait of a Disorder: Neurofibromatosis. Kansas City Artist Coalition Underground Gallery. Kansas City, Missouri. This exhibition was a collaboration between the KCAC and the NF Central Plains non-profit , 2017
  • Midwest Studio Artists Exhibition. Walker's Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a recipient of being selected for the state of Nebraska into the MAS Studio Artist program, I was invited to be apart of this group show, 2017
  • Portrait of a Disorder: Neurofibromatosis. Lied Art Gallery. Creighton University. Omaha, Nebraska. This show worked the Children's Tumor Foundation to help raise funds for NF research, 2016
  • All Faces Threaded with Art. Dongfeng Hi Art Space. Taipei, Taiwan.  have been using Google Translate to work with a woman with NF to exhibit my NF portraits of her and others with NF in Taiwan, 2016
  • 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
  • Unwavering Truth: An Archive of Our Own. Slater Gallery, Tufts University. Boston, Massachusetts. This show was all about NF2 (There are 3 types). My portraits were apart of a group show that educated about this form of NF, 2015
  • 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
  • Unwavering Truth: An Archive of Our Own. Queens Museum.  Queens, New York. This show was all about NF2 (There are 3 types). My portraits were apart of a group show that educated about this form of NF, 2014
  • Artist Activist: Group Exhibition Featuring Works by Artist Sue Coe and Others. Georgia Regents University. Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art. Gallery. Augusta, Georgia. I was invited by their curator to exhibit along with other national activist artists, 2014
  • The Many Faces of NF. Te Paske GalleryNorthwestern College. Orange City, Iowa. I was invited by the head of the art department to showcase the many portraits of people afflicted with NF and give an artist talk, 2014
  • The Art and Science of Neurofibromatosis. ScienceCafe. University of Nebraska Medical Center. Omaha, Nebraska. This was a talk given by myself and a neurologist from UNMC about the science and art of NF, 2013
  • River Market Regional Exhibition. Kansas City Artist Coalition. Kansas City, Missouri. Juried by Jerry Saltz. My figurative painting was one of only 2 selected for this regional exhibition, 2013

Research and Scholarship

Current Research Projects

  • Currently, I am painting and researching individuals affected by Neurofibromatosis (NF). I am using this qualitative method to humanize a genetic disorder that can often be defined by statistics rather than case studies. Because it is variable from person to person depending on how the chromosome mutates its effects manifest themselves differently. By presenting individual stories, it also shows the breadth of research needed to tackle different aspects of the disorder. I am using the portraits to lobby for funding for the NIH and the CDMRP through the federal budget.

Grant Funding Received

  • Magis Core Curriculum New Course Development Grant for Intersections and Designated Ethics course Art and Activism

Awards and Honors

  • Individual Artist Fellowship, Nebraska Arts Council, 2019
  • Artist in Residence, National Park Service (NPS), 2018
  • Artist in Residence, Farwell House, 2018
  • Artist in Residence, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, 2017
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, NISOD, 2015
  • Artist in Residence, Ink Shop Printmaking Center, 2015
  • The Mamie E. Johnston, D.O., FACOP, Creative Medical Art in Teaching Award, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, 2011