Rachael Van Dyke is a full-time artist creating abstract landscape and figurative work inspired by living off the grid in the Blue Ridge mountains and traveling abroad. Van Dyke is an avid artist-in-residence and has participated in national and international residencies. These residencies create new boundaries for her work and encourage an alteration of technique and expression. These boundaries also create stimulation as she is forced to understand and come to terms with her limitations. Being open to a new color palette or a new visual language to express the land and culture is necessary. Rachael chooses to explore the region through hiking or bicycling, visiting museums and historic sites, and trying her hand at engaging with local residents. Each body of work is influenced by place and tells a story of the people and land that she’s encountered.




Rachael Van Dyke   b.1972 US 




Kendall College of Art and Design, MAE,  2011  

Grand Valley State University, Graduate Teacher Certification in Art Education, 2004 

Roberts Wesleyan College, BS Studio Art, 1994, scholarship recipient

Rochester Institute of Technology, Foundational Art Studies, 1990, scholarship recipient


Selected Solo Exhibition

2023 Orangery. Art and Light Gallery, Greenville, SC


2022  How Does One Say Goodbye? A quiet reflection on the displaced people of Ukraine, Watauga Arts Council, NC


2021  Dark Hallow; Light between the shadows, Art and Light Gallery, Greenville, SC

2020  The Blue Ridge, Art and Light Gallery, Greenville, SC

2019  The Blue Ridge, Jones House Art Gallery, Boone, NC 

2018  Creating Public Imagination, Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington, DE

2015  As if in the Pains of, Museum of Motherhood, NYC on line solo exhibition

2014  Ridges and Valleys Netherlands and US, Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, Ada, MI

2014  Ridges and Valleys of MI, Gifts for the Arts, University of MI

2013  Upstate New York, The Power Center of Performing Arts, University of MI

2013   Northern Michigan Landscapes, University of Michigan

2013   Northern Michigan Landscapes, Devos Center for Arts and Worship, Grand Rapids MI

2008   Q & A, Postma Center, Grand Rapids MI  

2007   Q & A, Atrium Gallery, Holland, MI


Selected Group Exhibitions


2022       In Cahoots,  LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI


2022       Sixteen Art & Light Gallery, Greenville, SC

2021        Invitational FHFAC Retrospective, Forest Hills Fine Art Center, Grand Rapids, MI

2019        Invitational Two Person Exhibition, Common Good Co., Boone, NC

2019        Hold Dear, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

2018        By the People; Designing a Better America, Miami Dada School of Art and Design

2018        Invitational Winter Exhibition, Ann Arbor City Council City Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

2017        By the People; Designing a Better America, Faye Jones School of Architecture and Design

2017        By the People; Designing a Better America, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, NYC

2017        Freshly Considered, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids MI

2017        Renewed in Word, Faith, and Grace, Ecumenical Exhibition, Grand Rapids, MI

2016        International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Art Gallery Le Logge, Assisi, Italy

2016        20th Anniversary Bank of America Art Acquisition Exhibition, Ann Arbor, MI

2016       Festival of the Arts, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids MI

2016        ArtPrize 2011-2016, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Devos Center, MI

2016       Everyone in the Pool, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas  MI

2015        The Space Between, Les Pays au Jardin Botanique, artist in residence, France

2015        Look Out, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas  MI

2014        Urban/Rural, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas  MI

2013        Wide Expanses, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas MI

2013        Go Figure, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids MI

2012        Genre, Seed Gallery, Traverse City MI 

2012        Festival of the Arts, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids MI  

2012        Get Dressed, Seed Gallery, Traverse City MI

2011        Thaw, Davison Gallery, Rochester NY

2011        Avenue for the Arts, Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, Ada MI

2008        Q & A,Atrium Gallery, Holland MI  

2008        Voyages and Image:  Dolan Center Gallery, NYC/Gold Dome Gallery, OK/Hawken Gallery, OH 

2007        The Child In You, Woman-Made Gallery, Chicago IL



2023       Fundación  Valparaíso, Spain

2022        Brota Residencia de Artista, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2022        Roskilde Artist in Residence, Denmark

2022        Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), Amherst, VA  

2022        Studio Faire, Nerac, France

2021        Golden Apple Art Residency, Maine

2021        Keeneland Horse Raceway, Lexington, KY

2020        Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), Amherst, VA  

2020        Mackinac Island State Historic Parks, Mackinac Island, MI 

2019        Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), Amherst, VA  

2019        Edgewood Cottage, Blowing Rock, NC 

2019        Cill Rialaig, Ballinskelligs,Ireland  

2017        Officina Stamperia del Notaio, Sicily, Italy 

2016        Isle Royale National Park, Isle Royale, MI 

2016        ArteStudio Ginestrelle, Assisi, Italy 

2015        Jardin-Botanique, Marnay sur Seine, France 

2014        Forest Hills Fine Art Center, MI 

2012        TICA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL 

2009        Les Tasis, Les Tapies, France


Corporate Art


2023        Renown Health, Reno, NV


2021        Charter Communications, Stamford, CT

2020        Henry Ford Cancer Institute, Detroit, MI

2019        Steelcase Platinum Partner Award prints, Steelcase


2019        Trinity Health, Grand Rapids MI

2017        Tyndale Publishing, Immerse Bible series: 6 Bible covers and purchased originals

2017        Del Lago Resort, large scale print of artwork, Waterloo, NY

2016        Bank of America, original work, Ann Arbor, MI

2014        Marriott Hotels, prints of work purchased for hotel rooms

2010        Devos Children’s Hospital, Collaborative large-scale sculpture, Grand Rapids MI  



1995-2014 Art and Design Educator for K-12th grade, Grand Rapids, MI       

2012  Adjunct Professor, College for Creative Studies, Detroit MI               


Presenter, Workshops and Curatorial

2023  Marsh Harbour Art workshop, The Bahamas

2017 Blowing Rock Art Museum, North Carolina, art workshop

2016 Isle Royale National Park Service, artist presentation and talk 

2008, 2013 MAEA Conference Studio Instructor and Presenter 

2007 Atrium Gallery, Holland MI

2006 Art and the Spiritual, Mars Hill Bible Church, Grandville MI

2005-2010  Curated bi-monthly exhibitions atCapsule Gallery, Grand Rapids MI


Grants and Awards

2019  VCCA, Art Fellow Grant

2009/2011/2012   Festival of the Arts, Purchase Award 

2009/2010/2011   Arts Council of Grand Rapids, Educational Grant

2007        Scholastic Gold Teacher Achievement Award

2006        Japanese Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar, Japan

2005        Celebration of the Arts Award, FUMC, Grand Rapids, MI


Current Gallery Representation 

Art and Light Gallery, Greenville, SC

Cross Gate Gallery, Lexington, KY

Molly Northern Interiors, Boone, NC 

La Fontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

Ann Arbor Arts Center, Ann Arbor, MI

Somebody’s Gallery, Petosky, MI