Science Educator

Rachel Kimpton

Not quite a scientist and not quite an artist, Rachel operates at their nexus. She grew up on a creek in some of the last remaining prairie land in north Texas. She considers herself an amateur naturalist, having spent most of her youth outside trying to befriend and learn about every animal possible; not much has changed for her as an adult, although now she is almost equally infatuated with plants. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies and Political Science at the University of Minnesota in 2012, which took her to India to continue studying Hindi, work with rural leather artisans, and eat the best vegetarian food the world has to offer. She has worked primarily as a museum educator at institutions which include the Walker Art Center (MN), Perot Museum of Nature and Science (TX), and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (IL). She recently completed her Masters in Art Education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she examined gardening as pedagogy and as an art medium. She enjoys using natural materials and reclaiming "waste" in art, such creating natural dyes out of foraged plants or food scraps, or using shed snake skin or found animal bones as fibers for weaving. She is an avid cook, enjoys reading non-fiction, believes in the healing powers of breakfast tacos, and lives with her husband in Chicago with their many plants.