EDUCATION

Maryland Institute College of Art, 2009
B.F.A.  Photography & Curatorial Studies


SOLO & TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2017  Life Stand Still Here, Corvallis Art Center, OR  (forthcoming)

2016  Life Stand Still Here + Sentiment, Hodemaker Pfeiffer, Seattle

2016  Life Stand Still Here, Glass Box Gallery, Seattle

2014  Forgotten, VioletStrays.com

2014  Sentiment, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA

2012  Your Witness: Rafael Soldi and Jenny Riffle, SSCC Art Gallery, Seattle, WA

2011   Preview Of New Photographic Works, Photo Center NW, Seattle, WA

2009  The Point At Which, Main Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2009  DANCERS: REVISITED, The Warehouse, Baltimore, MD

2008  Portraits of A Dancer, Woodward Gallery, Baltimore, MD

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016  To: Seattle | Subject: Personal, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA

2016  Every Five Minutes, Art Lab, Columbus State University, GA

2015  My Kingdom for a Stage, Fotoweek, Washington, D.C.

2015  Out of Sight, Seattle, WA

2015  SLIDELUCK IV, Chicago, IL

2015  In The Absence Of..., Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA

2014  Beauty was the case that they gave me, Vignettes, Seattle, WA

2014  NEPO 5K Don't Run, Seattle, WA

2014  CÁMARA OCULTA, Galeria Vertice, Lima, Peru

2014  IDxID: New Identities Revisited, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA

2014  Chicago Style, David Weinberg Photography, Chicago, IL

2013  Mapping: Boundaries, Borders, Memories, Bodies, Filter Photo Festival, Chicago

2013  Magenta Flash Forward 2012, Flash Forward Festival, Boston, MA

2013  Chamber Music, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA (commission)

2012  Magenta’s Flash Forward 2012, Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre, Toronto

2012  I know you’re there, but who am I?, Work/A2 Gallery, University of Michigan

2012  Summer Introductions, SAM Gallery, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

2012  IDxID: New Identities, Idea Odyssey, Seattle, WA

2012  Hide//Seek//Difference//Desire//Northwest, The Space, Tacoma, WA

2012  Under The Rainbow, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA

2012  Push, G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, WA

2012  Author and Subject: Contemporary Queer Photography, Photo Center NW, Seattle, WA

2012  Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR

2012  SUJETO / PREDICADO, Galeria Vertice, Lima, Peru

2011  Long Shot 2011, Photo Center NW, Seattle, WA

2011  About Face, Gallery 339, Philadelphia, PA

2010  One Hour Photo, American University Museum, Washington, D.C.

2010  Face and Figure, Daniel Cooney Fine Art (online), New York, NY

2010  SULTRY II, Kris Graves Projects, New York, NY

2010  ONWARD ‘10, Project Basho, Philladelphia, PA

2009  Picturing Home, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

2009  Academy 2009, Conner Contemporary Art, Washington, D.C.

2009  Emerging Artists Auction, Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York, NY

2008  Group Show #25, Humble Arts Foundation, New York, NY

2008  The Body in Photography, Main Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2007  Art Nonstop, Load Of Fun Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2007  Art & Commerce Exhibition, Baltimore Center Club, Baltimore, MD

2006  Hispanic Heritage Month Exhibition, Baltimore’s City Hall, Baltimore, MD

2006  Metamorphosis, Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD

 

ART COMMISSIONS

2014  Beauty was the case that they gave me, Vignettes, Seattle, WA

2013  Chamber Music, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA

 

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

ongoing  Strange Fire Collective

2016  Just Visiting, SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA / Curated by Serrah Russell & Rafael Soldi

2016  Here and Now: Queer Geographies in Contemporary Photography, Stonewall National Museum & Archives, FL

2016  Break into Complexity, Kit & Ace, Seattle

2014  Here and Now: Queer Geographies in Contemporary Photography, Silver Eye Center, Pittsburgh, PA

2012  Social Order: Women Photographers from Iran, India and Afghanistan, Photo Center NW

2012  Author And Subject: Contemporary Queer Photography, Photo Center NW

2010  Select Gender, Farmani Gallery, New York, NY

2010  Haiti Relief Benefit Print Sale, New York, NY

2009  Wilgus Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2009  Follies, Predicaments and Other Conundrums: The worksof Laure Drogoul, Baltimore. MD

 

PUBLICATIONS

2015  CityArts Magazine, Feature Profile

2015  Design Guide, December '15

2015  DWELL, March '15 issue

2014  Hello Mr., She Knew, Issue 03

2014  Seattle Magazine, Feature Profile

2013  Frye Art Museum, Quarterly Publication, Full Page Spread, Spring '13

2013  The Stranger, Music Section, April '13

2012  Flash Forward 2012, Magenta Publishing for the Arts

2012  Identities Now: Contemporary Portrait Photography

2010  PCNW Annual Publication, Photo Center NW

2010  PDNedu, Interview: Internship Feature, Spring ‘10 Issue

2009  International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2009 Catalog

2009  PDNedu, Storytellers (Portfolio feature), Spring ‘09 Issue

2009  Juried MICA Photography Book

2009  Juxtapositions, Commencement 2009

2009  Follies, Predicaments and Other Conundrums: The Works of Laure Drogoul, Exhibition Catalog

2008  Juried MICA Photography Book

2007  Gutter Magazine, Black is Beautiful, November Issue

2007  Juried MICA Photography Book

2005  Portico Student Magazine

2005  Best of College Photography Annual

 

AWARDS

2016  Jini Dellaccio GAP Grant

2016  smART Ventures Grant

2015  Acquisition: City of Seattle /Portable Works Cultural Perspectives

2014  Puffin Foundation Grant recipient

2013  Honorable Mention, Filter Photo Festival, Chicago

2012  Flash Forward, Magenta Foundation, (US) Winner

2011  Critical Mass, Photolucida, Finalist

2009  F. Grainger Marburg Traveling Fellowship, Finalist

2009  Sidney Lake Award for Student Leadership

2008  MICA Photography Department Recognition Scholarship

2008  AIGA Worldstudio Scholarship, Finalist

2008  Leonard L. Greif, Jr. Scholarship in Photography

2007  MICA Emerging Leader Award

2007  MICA Photography Department Recognition Scholarship

2007  William Ferguson Merit Scholarship

2005-2008  MICA Talent Grant

 

Residencies

2016  Picture Berlin

2016  Vermont Studio Center

 

WEB PRESENCE

2016  Photographing Loss With an Abstract Lens, Humble Arts Foundation

2015  Dark Mirrors, studio visit on Vignettes

2014  Exhibition on www.violetstrays.com

2014  Here and NowFeature on Lenscratch

2014  Here and NowInterview on Lightleaked

2014  Rafael Soldi's Five Favorite: Apps that have changed the way I work for goodLight Leaked

2014  Feature on Seattle Magazine

2012  Seattle Art Museum Blog

2012  Oitzarisme, Portfolio Feature

2011  Feature Shoot, Portfolio Feature

2011  Soft Spot, The Boa Constrictor and The Golden Retriever: Extremes in Tonality

2011  Brian Paquette Blog, Portfolio Feature

2011  Nate Abramowski / Icon United, Q&A with Rafael Soldi

2010  Gabriela Herman Blog, The G-Chat with Rafael Soldi

2010  Flak Photo, Image Feature

2009  Humble Arts Foundation, Group Show #25

 

LECTURES

2017  Society for Photographic Education National Conference

2016  Picture Berlin public presentation

2014  Artist Lecture, Society for Photographic Education Regional Conference, WA

2014  Curator's Lecture, Here & Now Exhibition, SECP, Pittsburgh, PA

2014  Visiting Artist, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

2014Artist Lecture, Close To Home, PCNW, Seattle, WA

2013  Artist Lecture, Community Discussion Group, Photo Center NW, Seattle, WA

2013  Artist Lecture, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA

2013  Queer Art in Schools, Studios, Galleries and Beyond, SPE National Conference, Chicago

2013  Fostering Student Engagement Through Practical Learning, SPE National Conference, Chicago

2012  Artist Lecture, Gender and Sexuality in American Portraiture class, Photo Center, Seattle, WA

2011  What Students Want, Expect, and Need from Their Eduction, SPE National Conference, Atlanta

2011  Guest Lecturer, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

 

PRESS / REVIEWS

2016  Viewing Photographer Rafael Soldi Through the Lens of Diane Arbus on The Stranger

2014  Sentiment: Review by Elin Spring

2014  Sentiment: Review on the Boston Globe

2014  Sentiment: Essay by Paula Tognarelli

2014  Here and Now: Review on The Pittsburgh Tribune

2014  Here and Now: Review on The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

2014   Here and Now: Review on ThePittsburgh City Paper

2014Seattle Magazine, Rafael Soldi Displays Black-and-White Photography with Wild Abandon

2013   Map Quest! by Elin Spring

2013  Seattle Magazine, At Frye Art Museum, Works Old and New Come Together

2013  CityArts, Fechin and Chambers at the Frye by Lea Baltus

2012  Seattle Times, Two ‘Hide/Seek’ offshoots in Seattle, at Greg Kucera and Photo Center by Michael Upchurch

2011  34st, Faces at Gallery 339 by Elizabeth Horkley

2010  PDNedu, Interview: Internship Feature, Spring ‘10 Issue

2010  Lost At E Minor, Select Gender at Dumbo’s Farmani Gallery by Alison Zavos

2009  ARTiSON Magazine, Dancing at the Clothing Warehouse by Abdu Eaton

 

COLLECTIONS

King County Public Art Collection / 4Culture

City of Seattle

Frye Art Museum

Tacoma Art Museum

Photographic Center NW

Maryland Institute College of Art

Private Collections

 

MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS

Artist Trust

Society for Photographic Education (SPE), National & Regional

Photographic Center NW

American Museum Association (AMA)

Henry Art Gallery

Seattle Art Museum

 

TEACHING & OUTREACH

2015  Photography Instructor, Art Institute of Seattle, Seattle, WA

2011-14  Photography Instructor, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA

2011  Photography Instructor, Young Photographers Alliance (ASMP), Seattle, WA

2011  Photography Instructor & Program Facilitator, Youth Media Corps, Seattle, WA

2010  Photography Instructor, SBOC/Club Photo, Seattle, WA

2010  Program Facilitator, ARC Photojournalism Program, Seattle, WA

2008  Peer Career Advisor, Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Career Development, Baltimore, MD

 

PROFESSIONAL

2009-            Artist & Curator

2015-               Founder, Studio 126

2012-2015      Director of Marketing, Photographic Center NW, Seattle, WA

2010-2012     Partnerships Manager, Photographic Center NW, Seattle, WA

2009-2010    Preparator & Gallery Manager, Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY

2008-2009    Gallery Director, Wilgus Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2009             Curatorial Intern, Rotterdam International Biennale 2009, Interboro Partners, New York, NY

2007, 2008    Gallery Assistant, Clampart Gallery, New York, NY