Peyton Rack (b. 1993, Virginia Beach VA) received her B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including Supermarket 2014 held at the cultural center (Stockholm, Sweden), Zhou B Art Center, and Bridgeport Art Center (Chicago). She received the Nippon Steel Presidential Award presented by Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal in 2014.

In the Spring of 2018, a solo exhibition of her paintings and collages was held in Manhattan. Her work was then selected for several more shows in New York, notably 440 Gallery in Brooklyn, and a juried exhibit at Demousy Contemporary on Long Island, which she received honorable mention. She was selected to speak at the Artists and Scholars Colloquium panel at Columbia College in 2019.


My studio practice consists of oil painting and collage. I am fascinated by human history, and what it can mean to mix different photos and artifacts together that would have never otherwise been affiliated with each other. For instance, spending hours painting someone unfamiliar of a different generation, with no apparent relation or historical significance to myself. It becomes only about human connection. My process involves creating collages with National Geographic publications and miscellaneous found photos. I also like to reference examples of scanning electron microscope images -- anonymous portraits, images, and objects that don't have a home -- things which I can give new meaning. Sometimes when the context is removed, unexpected connections start to surface. I aim to capture the feelings of both disorientation and serenity caused by these connections through technical detail paired with mesmerizing, glowing patterns, weaving new stories with juxtaposed moments from the past.