Rachel Welling received her BA in art history and BFA in painting from Indiana University and her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. She considers her work akin to oral history: giving voice to her experiences. Personal stories and those of her family and friends (some imaginary), inspire her to strive for a deeper understanding of what is hidden. Making art is about making living sacred. She practices this through drawing, painting, printmaking, sewing, installation and street performance. Welling teaches lessons from Taylor Street Art Studios in South Bend, Indiana. She has taught at Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, Creative Minds Alternative School in Eugene, OR and the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN.