Rachel Andrea Davis is a studio artist, educator, and studio technician from Milwaukee. She received her MA in 2017 from Kent State University in Jewelry/Metals/Enameling and her BFA in 2015 from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in Jewelry/Metals and Ceramics. She has taught Jewelry/Metals/Enameling at Kent State University as well as serving as a studio technician at both Kent State University and UW-Milwaukee. Most recently, she was the Instructional Services Specialist of Jewelry & Metal Arts at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.
During her time at UWM, Davis collaborated with Michael Dale Bernard on ArtCycle Milwaukee, an outreach project bringing metalworking out of the studio and into the community, for which they were awarded an undergraduate research grant. The ArtCycle has been at many local Milwaukee events including the Riverwest 24, Milwaukee Maker Faire, and Locust Street Festival.
Davis’ work has been exhibited at Pocosin Arts in Columbia, NC as a part of the juried exhibition Ware/Wear and in Appropriated Adornment – WE ARE SNAG Series 4, the juried exhibition through the Society of North American Goldsmiths. She had several pieces exhibited and also won the Juror’s Choice Award through Ethical Metalsmiths International Student Exhibition So Fresh + So Clean 2017.
In 2018, Davis and Melis Agabigum, having met during their time at UWM, began making collaborative work focusing on the places their research overlaps. Traveling to Greece for the third Athens Jewelry Week, Davis and Agabigum displayed their personal and collaborative work in an exhibition entitled What Lies Beneath. Their collaborative work has also been shown as a part of the Collectiva Meeting | International Exhibition in Porto, Portugal and at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana.
She currently lives in Bayview(Milwaukee), Wisconsin with her partner and her two cats.