Rachel Boillot


2014 Duke University Durham, NC

Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts, May 2014

2010 Tufts University Medford, MA

Bachelor of Arts, May 2010

School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) Boston, MA

Bachelor of Fine Arts, May 2010

Selected Exhibitions


Moon Shine: Photographs of the Cumberland Plateau New Orleans Photo Alliance, New Orleans, LA (solo show)

Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, SC

The 5th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography Barcelona, Spain

Photography Comes First and Language Follows Watkins College of Art, Nashville, TN 

Slow Exposures: Celebrating Photography of the Rural South Annual Photography Festival, Zebulon, GA

24th Annual Juried Members’ Exhibition Griffin Museum of Photography, Concord, MA


Down the Valley Lincoln Memorial University Art Center, Cumberland Gap, TN 

There’s Content The Rubenstein Library at Duke University, Durham, NC

North Carolina: A Sense of Home The Bascom Center for Visual Arts, Highlands, NC

Southern Accent Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY

The Female Lens: Photography from the Do Good Fund Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA


Southern Accent Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC

Post Script Half King Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)

Where We Live: Photographs of North Carolina The Rubenstein Library at Duke University, Durham, NC

Silent Ballad Lincoln Memorial University Art Center, Cumberland Gap, TN (solo exhibition)

Post Script Amery A. Wallace Gallery, SUNY Westbury, Westbury, NY (solo exhibition)

Pictures of Us: the Do Good Fund Collection Lyndon House Foundation for the Arts, University of Georgia, Athens, GA


ReGeneration 3 Museo de Amparo, Puebla, Mexico

Silent Ballad Framer’s Corner Gallery, Carrboro, NC (solo exhibition)

Southern Exposure Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN

Unbound 4 Candela Books + Gallery, Richmond, VA

The Do Good Fund Collection Greensboro Gallery, Greensboro, AL

ReGeneration 3 Musée de l’Élysée, Lausanne, Switzerland

SPE Juried Caucus Exhibition University of Central Florida Art Gallery, Orlando, FL

SPE Juried Caucus Exhibition Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA

Behind the Lens: Women Photographers on Appalachia and the South

Tipton St Gallery, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN


Picture Books Power Plant Gallery, Durham, NC

Ain’t Bad at Art Now Morris Museum, Augusta, GA

InFocus Juried Exhibition of Self-Published PhotoBooks Phoenix Art Museum,

Phoenix, AZ

Southeast Arts Summit Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, Atlanta, GA

Post Script Cassilhaus Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC (solo exhibition)

Variable Imprints Power Plant Gallery, Durham, NC

Publications­ and Selected Bibliography


Ryder, Katie. “The Elderly Bearers of a Folk-Music Tradition in Rural Tennessee.” The New Yorker magazine’s Photo Booth blog. May 22, 2016.

Stroud, Emily. “Photography book by LMU Art Professor tells an important story.” WBIR Knoxville NBC News. May 16, 2016.

Stasio, Frank. “Where We Live: Photography Between Decades.” The State of Things, WUNC North Carolina Public Radio. April 28, 2016.

Rosenberg, David. “The Disappearing Post Offices of the Rural South.” Slate Magazine’s Behold blog, April 3, 2016.


Simmons, Morgan. “Cumberland Trail’s Sandrock Recordings anlike any in world.” Knoxville News Sentinel, December 20, 2015, Page 1A.

Parry, Hannah. “Photographer Rachel Boillot documents disappearance of the USPS.” Daily Mail UK, September 27, 2015.

Silent Ballad Limited Edition Hardcover Publication, Edition of 50

Regeneration 3 Skira Rizzoli Publishing, Milan, Italy

Memory Papersafe Issue No. 4, CatLabs, Boston, MA (cover image)

Behind the Lens: Women Photographers on Appalachia and the South

ETSU exhibit catalogue (cover image)


Simmons, Morgan. “Music of the Cumberlands: Photographer, 27, Captures Old Timers.”

The Knoxville News Sentinel, July 7, 2014, Page 1A

Stasio, Frank. “Photographer Documents Post Offices Closings Across Rural South.” The State of Things, WUNC North Carolina Public Radio. May 13, 2014

Post Script Limited Edition Hardcover Publication, Edition of 100

Teaching Experience

2016-2018 Adjunct Professor of Art, Lincoln Memorial University

2015 Visiting Lecturer in Photography, Duke University

2014 Private Instructor in Adobe Photoshop and Digital Printing

2013 Teaching Assistant, Documentary Traditions, Duke University (Katherine Hyde)

Writing Tutor for John Hope Franklin Young Scholars, Duke University

Teaching Assistant, The Photographic Portfolio, Duke University (William Noland)

2011-2012 Photography Teacher at My Life, My Choice, Justice Research Institute, Boston, MA

2010 Art Education Assistant, The Revolving Museum, Lowell, MA

2009-2010 Teaching Assistant, Color Photography, School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Christine Rogers)

2008-2010 Teaching Assistant, The History of Photography, Tufts University (Jim Dow)

2007-2010 Teaching Assistant, Advanced Photography, Tufts University (Roswell Angier)

2007 Program Coordinator, The Welcome Project, Somerville, MA

2006 Teaching Assistant, Foundation Photography, Tufts University (Roswell Angier)

Teaching Assistant, Visual Sociology, Tufts University (James Ennis)

Relevant Professional Experience


Project Director of the Cumberland Gap Folklife Project, funded by the National Endowment of the Arts

Assistant Producer at Sandrock Recordings, a project of the Friends of the Cumberland Trail State Park


Assistant Producer at Sandrock Recordings, a project of the Friends of the Cumberland Trail State Park

Multimedia Documentarian for the Friends of the Cumberland Trail State Park

Co-curated of Tracing the American South exhibition with Tom Rankin, co-edited companion publication

Recipient of Annenberg Foundation Grant to make photographs for Where We Live exhibit

Internship at Cassilhaus Gallery and Artist Residency program

Printing Technician for Color Photography class at Duke University (Alex Harris)

2010-2012 Communications Assistant, The Boston Housing Authority, Boston, MA

2007-2010 Darkroom & Digital Lab Monitor, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

2007-2008 Program Leader, EXPOSURE: Photojournalism, Documentary Studies, and Human Rights The Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University

2006 Studio Intern, James Nachtwey Studio, New York, NY

Project Documentarian, Fundacion Cosecha Sostenible (FUCOHSO), Yoro, Honduras

Skills: Black & white film processing and darkroom printing, Color darkroom printing,

Digital Photography & videography, Analog photography in all formats, Book-binding,

16mm filmmaking, Optical printing, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Suite.