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About

Photo credit: Njaimeh Njie

Photo credit: Njaimeh Njie

 

RELL

BIO

Born and raised in the east end of Pittsburgh, before it was the cool place to be-- Rell’s youth was spent as a classically trained singer, studying voice grades 6-12 at both at Rogers CAPA, and Pittsburgh high school for the creative and performing arts. Long before her dreams of being an Opera star she took interest in fashion design, honing her sewing skills by creating fashions for her extensive collection of Barbie dolls. However, she did not take interest in drawing and painting until her senior year of high school while preparing her portfolio for Art and design College.

Rell describes her work as being a reaction to the happenings in international pop culture, her surroundings, and daily life. She uses a variety of mediums to cover a range of subjects such as introversion, African American female identity, black representation in mass media, maladaptive daydreams, and millennial identity.

 

EXHIBITIONS

Forthcoming solo show, Assemble Pittsburgh June 2019

Group Show, The Glow Up, Ace Hotel Pittsburgh PA, November 2018

Group Show, Untitled, Flower House Wilkinsburg PA, October 2018

Solo Show, These places I'm from, Carnegie Braddock Library, Braddock PA, June-August 2018

Group Show, Black in the Future, Cohen & Grigsby, Pittsburgh PA, May-September 2018

Allegheny West art show and sale, Pittsburgh PA May 2017, May 2018

Spirit Fashion Show, Carnegie Mellon University     2015, 2016, 2017, 2019

Showcase Noir, August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh PA 2017, 2018

Group Show, Ladies Room, Local 412 Pittsburgh PA  2016, 2017

COLLECTIONS

Public collection, Braddock Carnegie Library, Braddock PA 2018

Private Collection, Duquesne PA 2017

Private Collection, Chicago Illinois 2016

Private Collection, Pittsburgh PA 2016

EXPERIENCE

Harambee Black arts festival art exhibit, Pittsburgh PA, August 2018 Art handling, installation, and breakdown.

Carnegie Mellon University staff picnic art show Pittsburgh PA, May 2018 Co founded, curated, and coordinated a pop up art exhibit which showcased the work of 15 University staff members. Co founded and coordinated with Krista Campbell and Carol Hernandez.