Rachel Herrick



2011                 Maine College of Art, MFA in Studio Art

2002                 Methodist University, BA in Writing


Solo + two-person exhibitions


2014                 Museum for Obeast Conservation Studies, Wrong Again Gallery, Memphis TN

2013                 Museum for Obeast Conservation Studies (solo), Flanders Gallery, Raleigh NC

2012                 Museum for Obeast Conservation Studies (solo), Beland Gallery, Lawrence MA

2010                 Beware of Dog (two-person), The Mahler Gallery, Raleigh NC

                        Know Your Obeast (solo), Free Street Gallery, Portland ME

                        There, there… (solo), Antfarm, Raleigh NC

2009                 Recreation (two-person), Artspace, Raleigh NC

2008                 Rescue (solo), Artspace, Raleigh NC

2007                 Good Intentions (solo), Crocker’s Mark Gallery, Raleigh NC

2006                 Godbold Park, permanent public art installation, Cary NC

Diplopia (solo), Page Walker Arts & History Center, Cary NC


Select group exhibitions

2014                The Missing Body at Penny Gallery and Casa. Lethbridge, Alberta Canada. Curated by Cindy Baker. (Other artists included Guerilla Girls and Vito Acconci)

                        Fat: It's Delicious, Science Gallery, Dublin Ireland. 

2013                 Something In Particular, L1 Gallery, Atlanta GA

2011                 MFA Thesis Exhibit, Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland ME

                        Re-Locations, Green Hill Center for NC Art, Greensboro NC

2009                 Southern, Wynn Bone Gallery, Annapolis MD

2008                 Winter Show, Greenhill Center for NC Art, Greensboro NC

                        Forsaken, Fayetteville Museum of Art, Fayetteville NC

                        New & Hot, M Street Gallery, Raleigh NC

2007                 Art + Ability International, Bryn Mawr College, PA

2006                 Art + Ability International, Bryn Mawr College, PA


Grants & awards

2012                 United Arts Regional Artist Project Grant

                        Nominee, New England Art Award in the Promising Talentcategory

2011                 Puffin Foundation Artist Grant

2009-2011       Hildreth Family MFA Scholarship Award        

                        MECA Presidential Scholarship Award

                        MECA MFA Grant


Baker, Cindy. The Missing Body: Performance in the Absence of the Artist(exhibit catalog). ISBN: 978-0-9937297-1-3

Sanchez, Casey. "Book Review: 'A Guide to the North American Obeast'." Sante Fe New Mexican. Accessed online: http://www.santafenewmexican.com/pasatiempo/books/book_reviews/book-reviews-a-guide-to-the-north-american-obeast-by/article_029dc07b-40ea-5a58-b6d9-65244f18d02b.html

Hoberton, Pamela. “Questions of (Large) Embodiment,” University of Alberta (in-progress graduate dissertation)

Holmes, Anna. The Book of Jezebel: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Lady Things. Grand Central Publishing; Ill edition.

“Interview with Rachel Herrick” Burnaway Online Magazine (4.15.2013)

Snider, Stefanie. “Introduction to the Special Issue: Visual Representations Fat and Fatness,” Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society, 2:2, 114-117, DOI: 10.1080/21604851.2013.782250. Accessed online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21604851.2013.782250

“’obeast’ busca identidad de Los obesos” by Jhovanny Martes for The Lawrence  Vale. Accessed online: http://www.lawrencevale.com/edicion.php?id=94 (3.6.12)

Snider, Stefanie. “Fatness and Visual Culture: A Brief Look at Some Contemporary  Projects” Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society, 1:1,13-31, DOI: 10.1080/21604851.2012.632725. Accessed online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21604851.2012.632725


“Fatness and Visual Culture: A Brief Look at Some Contemporary Projects” by Stefanie Snider, Fat Studies Academic Journal.

“Rachel Herrick’s Obeasts” by Stacey Bellet for Stylus Magazine, London. (7.21.11)

“Meet The North American Obeast, A Reclusive & Endangered Species”, by Dodai Stewart for Jezebel.com (6.1.11)

“Art installation critiques the dehumanization of fat people”, review and discussion on BigFatBlog.com. (6.2.11)

 “Art Review: MECA students deftly open door to new horizons”, by Daniel Kany for The Portland Press Herald. (5.29.11)                                  


“Beware of Dog at The Mahler grapples with urban inspirations” by Dave Delcambre for Indy Weekly Chapel Hill NC (10.13.10)


“Catch This Wave” by Melissa Clement for The Fayetteville Observer (8.29.08)

“Rescue”, Critic's Pick for Indy Weekly, Chapel Hill NC (4.31.08)


“Good Intentions”, Critic's Pick for Indy Weekly, Chapel NC (6.13.07)

“Artist Hopes Patrons Will Sniff her Work” by Ryan Teague Beckwith for The News& Observer, (1.2.07)


"Artist has different way of seeing the world". The Cary News. (9.27.05)


Publications & Professional experience


Guest blogger, ArtsNow.com

Conference Planner, Ignite Creativity Conference

Visiting Artist Speaker, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



Herrick, Rachel. “Obeast: The Complete Guide,” Two-volume book set published by Publication Studio Portland (Other) with the Institute for Contemporary Art,        ISBN: 9781624620159

Visiting Artist Speaker, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

“Obeast" Shines A Light On Perceptions Of Obesity” The State of Things.  WUNC. NPR Radio Interview. April 10, 2013.

Director of Special Projects, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh NC (June-present)

Interviewed by students for Susan Harbage Page’s Visual Art & Gender course, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Public Talk “Art as Propaganda in the Third Reich,” Fayetteville Public Library 

Visiting Artist Speaker, Methodist University, Fayetteville NC

Speaker, Ignite Creative Entrepreneurship Conference, Raleigh NC



Visiting Artist, Temple University

Visiting Artist, East Carolina University

Peer reviewer, Fat Studies Journal



Featured Artist in the 2012 Fat?So! Day Planner by Marilyn Wann

“Origins of Obesity.”  The State of Things.  WUNC. NPR Radio Interview and podcast.  (7.7.11)

“Inside the Artist's Studio.” WCOM-FM Radio Interview and podcast. (8.9.11)

Juror, “The White Show”, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC

Artist Talk. Green Hill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC

Artist Talk. VAE’s The Business of Being an Artist lecture series, Raleigh NC

Board Chair, McCune International Art Center, Fayetteville NC


Artist Writing Advisor, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

Artist Talk. Beware of Dog, Mahler Gallery, Raleigh NC

Artist Talk. VAE’s The Business of Being an Artist lecture series, Raleigh NC


Free-lance Arts Writer, News & Observer, Raleigh NC 

Juror. Lazy Days Art Festival, Cary NC


Programs Director, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh NC (through 2009)

Juror. United Arts artist grants award panel.


Artist Talk. Dix Mental Hospital Art Project, NC Psychiatry Association Conference

Live TV interview about Dix project. WRAL. (6.17.07)


Exhibitions Director, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh NC (through 2008)

Artist Talk. Art for the Visually Impaired, NC Educators Conference, Raleigh.

Art Instructor, Governor Morehead School for the Blind, Raleigh (through 2007)

Televised unveiling of public art installation. WRAL TV and NBC17. (12.29.11)

TV Coverage of community drawing workshop. WRAL TV.  (10.20.06)

TV Interview about public art project. WRAL TV. (9.16.06)


Art Instructor, Poland Spring Academy, Poland Spring Maine (through 2003)


Rachel Herrick (b. 1979) is a multi-media artist best known for her detailed traveling Museum for Obeast Conservation Studies (MOCS) installations. This work has been the subject of activist and academic writing in the US, Canada, England, and Australia. In 2013, Publication Studio (in conjunction with the Institute for Contemporary Art in Portland, Maine) published Herrick’s A Guide to the North American Obeast, a two-volume book set that elaborates on the obeast narrative and contextualizes the art project within a cultural and scholarly framework. In 2014, MOCS traveled to Science Gallery in Dublin, Ireland, and then to Alberta, Canada to be part of "The Missing Body," a curated group exhibition of 12 performance-based artists including Vito Aconcci and the Guerrilla Girls.

Herrick grew up on a subsistence farm in the hills of central Maine and relocated to North Carolina in 2004. She earned an MFA from the Maine College of Art in 2011 and a BA in Creative Writing from Methodist University in 2002. Herrick has been the recipient of several grants including a United Arts Regional Project Grant and a Puffin Foundation Grant.