Dr. Rachel Epp Buller maintains a dual critical and creative practice as an art historian and visual artist.
Much of her practice focuses on intersections of art and the maternal. She publishes, curates exhibitions, and lectures internationally on the maternal body and feminist care in contemporary art. Her edited books include Reconciling Art and Mothering (Ashgate, 2012), Mothering Mennonite (Demeter Press, 2013) and Inappropriate Bodies: Art, Design, and Maternity (Demeter Press, 2019). Her bilingual exhibition catalogue, Alice Lex-Nerlinger: Fotomonteurin und Malerin / Photomontage Artist and Painter, was the product of a Fulbright Fellowship to Berlin. Thanks also to the financial support of the Gerda Henkel Stiftung and the Berlin Hauptstadtkulturfond, she had the opportunity to curate the first-ever retrospective of Lex's work, exhibited at Das Verborgene Museum in Berlin in 2016.
As an artist, Rachel participates in exhibitions and residencies around the world, with her most recent solo shows at Borough Road Gallery in London (2019) and the Salina (Kan.) Art Center (2020). In her teaching role at Bethel College, she emphasizes active learning experiences, regularly inviting visiting artists to conduct hands-on workshops with students and working with museum colleagues in the area to provide additional learning opportunities for studio art and art history students. She is also a board member of the national Women's Caucus for Art, and a regional coordinator of the international Feminist Art Project.