BIOGRAPHY

My name is Rae Pleasant and I am a 33 year old African-American North Texas resident. I hold a BA in Art History and a BFA in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University. Later, I traveled to Auckland, New Zealand for inspiration and to further my post-graduate education with a post-graduate Honors degree in Art History.

I have been employed in top tier museums and libraries across the country in departments from conservation to curatorial. The triumphs and struggles of being an early contributor to diversity in academia and the arts inspired me to create this independent platform for art, writing, and curation. I have grown from a recreational artist to a community artist, displaying my work in libraries and local businesses while outreaching to youth.

 
Portrait for Plano Magazine by  Art is Life Studio  2017

Portrait for Plano Magazine by Art is Life Studio 2017

ACCOMPLISHMENTS and ACTIVITIES

2011-2015

2011 Jewelry Consigned at The Bread and Butter Letter Boutique in Auckland, New Zealand

2011 Leather crafted goods featured in Extracurricular Magazine published in Auckland, New Zealand

2012 Article published on prominent New Zealand artist’s super heroine character

2012 Illustrations placed in Lake House Arts Center, Auckland, New Zealand

2013 Winner-adult category, New Zealand Public Library-Mt. Albert Branch, comic strip competition

2014 Article published on award winning New Zealand children’s book illustrators

2015 February-December: Library Hop Exhibition, North Texas-twelve month long solo exhibitions

2016

2016 October: SCBWI, NTX Illustrators' Exhibition at Southlake Public Library, Southlake, TX 

2016 October 21st: Book Debut Party-Capezio, Dallas, TX 

2016-2017 December-January: Plano Public Library 18th Street AIR Space artist in residence, Plano, TX 

2017

2017 January-February: Courtyard Theatre Exhibition, Plano, TX 

2017 April-December: Plano Art and Wine Walk hosted by Plano Magazine, TX

2017 June-September: Swirl Bakery Exhibition, Flower Mound, TX 

2017 October-December: Green Bean Cafe and Deli Exhibition, Flower Mound, TX

2018

2018 February: Visiting Artist, Black History Month Family Day, Umlauf Museum and Garden, Austin, TX 

2018 March: Visiting Artist, Teen Spring Break Workshop, Kimbell Art Museum Spring Break Workshop, Fort Worth, TX 

2018 April: Flea Style Houston Art and Craft Fair, Houston, TX

2018 June: Zosima Gallery, Vexiliology Exhibition, Dallas, TX Juneteenth

2018 September: Visiting Artist, Kid’s Club, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX

2018: Independent Artist Task Force Participant, City of Dallas Cultural Plan, Dallas, TX

2019

2019 February: Small Business Availability and Disparity Study Participant,
MGT Consulting and City of Dallas, City Hall, Dallas, TX

2019 March 1st: PF Shoppe Opens Booth #19 at Denton Vintage Market, Denton TX

2019 March 6th: Visiting Artist Workshop, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX

2019 March 22nd: Lecturer, INCS Monuments and Memory, SMU, Marriott City Center, Dallas, TX 

2019 March 24th: Visiting Artist Workshop, Student Festival, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX

2019 March 27th: Color Exhibition, Thomas Maddrey LLC Art Law Firm, Dallas, TX

2019 March 29th: CASETA Research and Project Award,
Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art, Austin, TX

2019 April 1st-30th: Artist in Residence, Nemacolin Woodland Resort, Farmington, PA