Rachel Hughes is a Milwaukee-based illustrator and designer. By day she works at a digital printing shop, and every other waking hour is spent creating. She is continually inspired by her surroundings, in nature, people, culture, cities, and the interconnections between them.

Graduating with a Bachelor's in Visual Arts in 2012 with an emphasis in Graphic Design, she was frustrated with the disconnect of designing solely on computers, eager to work with her hands. She didn’t stumble upon this distinctive, bold style until the following year while experimenting with the combining of images and designs to create a cohesive impactful illustration on wood. Every piece since that fateful day has been created using markers, acrylic paint and ink on wood panels.

 

Her art has blossomed and continued to evolve ever since, showcasing both original works of art and prints in a wide variety of local venues. Visit the events page for upcoming events or follow her on Instagram or Facebook for a look into her process, new work and everyday life.

PAST exhibitions

 

SOLO SHOWS

2013 -  July  //  Stonefly Brewery, Milwaukee WI

2013 -  July   //  Rumor Upbeat Lounge, Milwaukee WI

2013 -  September  //  Roots Underground Outfitters, Milwaukee WI

2013 -  September  //  American Euros, Milwaukee WI

2013 - Present  //  O'Lydias, Milwaukee WI

2013 - October  //  Twenty Flowers, Rogues Gallery, Milwaukee WI

2014 - August  //  Tonic Tavern, Bay View, WI

2014 - December  //  Culture of the Soul, Rogues Gallery, Milwaukee WI

2015 - January  //  Liberty Financial Group, Brookfield WI

2015 - August -Present  //  MKE Sheers, Milwaukee WI
2015 - October  //  Mad Planet, Riverwest WI

2015 - October  //  Great Lakes Distillery, Milwaukee WI

2016 - January-Present  //  The Fermentorium, Cedarbug WI

2016 - April  //  Black Paint Studios, Milwaukee WI

2016 - August - 2017 - July  //  A Trio Jewelry, Milwaukee WI

2016 - December  //  The Rachel Hughes Collection, Revel Bar, Milwaukee WI

2017 - January - 2018 - October  //  Tease Salon, Milwaukee WI

2018 - July  //  Revel Bar, Milwaukee WI

2018 - October  // Downtown Gallery Night, City Center, Milwaukee WI

 

 

GROUP SHOWS

2012 - April  //  UWM Union Gallery, Milwaukee WI
2012 - September  //  Covart Gallery, Milwaukee WI
2012 - October  //  MOCT, Milwaukee WI
2013 - July  //  RAW: Artists Presents ELEVATION, The Rave, Milwaukee WI
2013 - December  //  The Miramar, Milwaukee WI
2014 - January  //  RAW: Artists Presents AWAKENING, High Noon Saloon, Madison WI
2014 - March  //  FHTH Well Behaved Women, Studio Lounge, Bay View WI
2014 - June  //  Catalyst, Studio Lounge, Bay View WI
2014 - July  //  What Milwaukee Home Means to Me, Rogues Gallery, Milwaukee WI
2014 - October  //  FHTH Mothers of Our Nations Pop-up Show, Thirsty Boy, Milwaukee WI
2014 - November  //  Sailor Jerry Themed Showcase, Rogues Gallery, Milwaukee WI
2014 - December  //  100 for $100, Studio Lounge, Bay View WI
2015 - January  //  Black & White Show, Rogues Gallery
2015 - Feburary  //  ARTdentity, Yield Bar, Milwaukee WI
2015 - March  //  FHTH My Sister's Story, Live Artist's Studio, Milwaukee WI
2015 - August  //  PBR Art Showcase, Rogues Gallery, Milwaukee WI
2015 - October  //  Remembrance and Celebration, Gallery Marzen, Madison WI
2015 - October  //  Nightmare on Center Street, Riverwest WI
2016 - February  //  Revel Bar, Bay View WI
2016 - April  //  30x30x30, Var Gallery, Milwaukee WI
2016 - October  //  Milwaukee Alt. Collaboration Show, Milwaukee WI
2016 - November  //  FHTH Mothers of Our Nations, Milwaukee & Madison WI
2017 - January  //  Riverwest Femfest, Milwaukee WI
2017 - January - Present  //  Tease Salon, Bay View WI
2017 - June  //  The Newport, Bay View WI
2017 - July  //  DoMUS  Apartments, Milwaukee WI
2017 - November  //  Art*Bar Mini Art at Tiny Prices, Milwaukee WI
2018 - November  //  Art*Bar Mini Art at Tiny Prices, Milwaukee WI
2019 - March  //  Art Candy 2, Art*Bar, Milwaukee WI
 
 

PUBLIC ART COMMISSIONS

2014 - Alverno Billboard Marketing Campaign, Southeastern WI

2014 - Spreenkler Mural, Grand Avenue Mall, Milwaukee WI