Raechel Running

RAEchel’s first memories were looking at pictures in the book Family of Man and the Vietnam War on a black and white TV. Raised on Dektol in the darkroom she began shooting Tri-X at the age of 15 in High School. Running inherited a lifetime love for the “picture and the word” and community engagement  from her family and community of artists, scientists, Native cultures and environmental movements influenced her lens on the world growing up on the Colorado Plateau and later when she lived for five years in Chihuahua, Mexico.

RAEchel, a freelance arts activist,  works as a cultural and environmental ambassador and educator and seasonal Grand Canyon river guide. When she’s not running around the west, or shooting the rapids, she  hangs her hat in Tucson’s Barrio Viejo and shares a studio and library in the Historic Labor Temple. A published freelance photographer for over thirty years RAEchel’s work has been internationally recognized and exhibited. History, travel, books, archives and people’s stories inspire Raechel’s work.  She continues to explore beyond the radius of the Greater Southwest, traveling from the Grand Canyon to the  Peruvian Amazon, the Caribbean and the  US/Mexico Borderlands. Like the spices of the cultural diverse landscapes she photographs, her imagery reflects her interests in the human condition, social and environmental issues and the cultural histories of the Americas. Her documentary and fine art photo based collages explore the cycles of  life and death, migrations and  the spiritual threads that connect us to our humanity and wildlands.

RAEchel’s work connects people to people and  communities, backyards and wildlands. She take viewers on visual journeys beyond personal and national borders. She believes art is the media can foster kindredness and stewardship between people and our relationship to our world and a hopeful and sustainable future.


 

RAECHEL RUNNING

Base: Tucson, AZ 2013

 

Born: Flagstaff,  AZ 1965

Ethnicity:

Maternal: Trinidadian: Chinese and  African

Paternal: American: Swedish and French Canadian

2nd Language: Spanish

 

Education:

  • Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC             2003
  • California College of Arts & Crafts CCAC

               Candidate for BFA Oakland, CA      1984,1985

  • Graduated Flagstaff High School 1983

Recognition:

  • Flagstaff Cultural Partners  Viola Award in Visual Arts 2012
  • Santa Fe Photo Workshops / FAMILY 2011
  • International Color Awards  2007 & 2013
  • Photo District News Digital Awards 2007
  • David Alan Harvey’s Emerging Photographers 2007

 

RESIDENCIES, WORKSHOPS, INTERNSHIPS & MENTORS:

2007 -2011 Residency Spencer and Emi MacCallum Center for Casas Grandes Studies

1984-1985  Galeria De La Raza

Jim Marshall:Sheila Metzner: Marc Hauser: Sam Abell: Nick Nichols: John Running & Sue Bennett

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

SIERRA CLUB BORDERLANDS  Tucson, AZ  

Lens on the Border:  Fall 2016

Creative Resistance from the Eyes of Four Borderlands Photographers Group Show

 

MUSEO DE NOGALES  Nogales, Sonora Mexico

Festival Internacional “Unidos por el Arte” 2016

Cuba, Venezuela, México y Estados Unidos.

 

RAICES DE TALLER GALLERY Tucson, AZ    

Monsoon Show  AUGUST 2016

 

MEXICAN CONSULATE  Nogales, AZ  2016

Song for the Desert The Land and the People

CENTRE POMPIDOU Paris, France

Amexica The Human Toll of the Wall

Visual Presentation – Oct 2015

 

MUSEUM OF NORTHERN ARIZONA  Flagstaff, AZ

Trappings of the West  2016, 2015, 2014

 

GALERIA DE LA RAZA San Francisco, CA

Womxn Are Perfect! Group Show   Spring 2016

 

PHIPPEN MUSEUM  Prescott,  AZ

The West through the Lens 2014, 2015

Trappings of the West 2013

 

DESERT CABALLERO MUSEUM  Wickenburg, AZ

Cowgirls with a Camera Invitational show 2013, 2015

 

RAICES DE TALLER GALLERY  Tucson, AZ    

Group Show  January 2013

 

FLAGSTAFF PHOTOGRAPHY CENTER  Flagstaff, AZ

Nepantla, Solo exhibit  Fall  2012

 

COCONINO CULTURAL PARTNERS Flagstaff, AZ

Beyond Borders: The Land, The People & the Fence Fall  2012

 

PHIPPEN MUSEUM Prescott, AZ

Trappings of the West 2011, 2012

 

FLAGSTAFF PHOTOGRAPHY CENTER Flagstaff, AZ

Solo exhibit :Suenos de Aztlan,  Aug-Sept 2010

 

SCOTLAND, HANNAH MACLURE CENTRE

The University of Abertay’s Hannah  

For The Love of the Game 2009

 

SMITHSONIAN TRAVELING  EXHIBITS

Lasting Light; 125 Years of Grand Canyon

Photography 2008-2010

 

MUSEUM OF NORTHERN CULTURES

Casas Grandes,Chihuahua, Mexico

Festival De Paquime 2008

 

MUSEUM OF NORTHERN ARIZONA Flagstaff, AZ

Trappings of the West 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

 

FLAGSTAFF PHOTOGRAPHY CENTER Flagstaff, AZ

Solo show : Lagrimas De Luz : Tears of LIght 2007

 

KOLB STUDIO SOUTH RIM  Grand Canyon,  AZ

Lasting Light; 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography 2006

 

PHOTOGRAPHY ON THE SQUARE  Flagstaff, AZ

Retablos of Hope with Mountain School  2005

 

HENRY STREET SETTLEMENT

Abrams Art Center New York, NY

Who is the Virgin of Guadalupe? 2001

 

SHONTO RUNNING GALLERY  Flagstaff, AZ 2001-2003

COCONINO CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Regional Photo Show Flagstaff, AZ 1989

 

ALTERNATIVE MUSEUM

Dia De Los Muertos Invitational

New York, NY   1987

 

EYE GALLERY

La Mission 3rd Annual 94110 Show

San Francisco, CA 1986

 

GALLERIA DE LA RAZA

Women Artists Invitational

San Francisco, CA  1985

 

SF CAMERAWORKS GALLERY

San Francisco, CA Student exhibition 1985

 

MISSION CULTURAL CENTER

San Francisco, CA

  •  U.S. Against Apartheid          1985
  •  U.S. Out of Central America  1984

 

CAMERA CARD CORRAL Flagstaff AZ 1981

First photography solo exhibit

SELECTED PUBLISHED WORKS & LINKS:

  • Sojourn Magazine
  • Excelente Iberia Airlines
  • Enviva Magazine Avianca Airlines
  • High Country News
  • The Better Bombshell Book Essay with Craig Childs
  • Volleyball Magazine
  • ORION Magazine
  • The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz  DVD art
  • YES Magazine
  • VISION Youth Magazine / China
  • Grand Canyon Plant Guide
  • Arizona Highways
  • Lasting Light: 125 years of Grand Canyon Photography
  • Grammy Nominated CD ART:

           Canyon Records Burning Sky Voices on the Wind

  • There’s This River: Grand Canyon Photography
  • Quincy Troupe author portrait
  • Boatman Stories Anthology
  • Missing Mary, Charlene Spretnak
  • British Telegraph
  • British GQ
    • James Lee Burke author portrait
    • Pro Rodeo
    • Techno WarFare
  • Newsweek Japan
    • NewAge Sedona
  • Polo Magazine
  • Smithsonian Air and Space

LINKS:

ISSUU: PUBLISHED WORK  

Dreams of Aztlan Solo Exhibition

KNAU: Connect AZ to Mexico interview

Editorial: Exhibit Review

THE NOISE:  Sign of the Times

 

Vision China  May 2009.Largest Publication in China

Photo Essay 30 page / 6000 word essay on Chihuahua, Mexico.

http://issuu.com/rmrunning/docs/chihuahua-7

 

Sojourn Magazine  Grand Canyon Association   July 2008, 2009, 2014                                                    

Photo collages and essay explore the connections of the ancient cultures

between Northern Arizona’s  Colorado plateau and Northern Mexico’s

Casas Grandes and Mata Ortiz,Chihuahua.

http://issuu.com/rmrunning/docs/sojourn_36-45

 

Photo, Illustration, Writing and Design:

Amazonaid.org

amazonconservation.org

Amazon:Our Backyards are Connected

Ranchofeliz.com   

Tutuaca.org

 

 

 

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