Rachel Adams is the Chief Curator and Director of Programs at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. Past curatorial appointments include Senior Curator at UB Art Galleries, Curator-in-Residence at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center and Associate Curator at Arthouse at the Jones Center (now The Contemporary Austin). Adams holds an MA in Exhibition and Museum Studies from SFAI and a BFA from SAIC.

Her areas of research are varied but include a focus on the crossover between contemporary art and architecture, performance and video and new media practices.

Select exhibitions include All Together, Amongst Many: Reflections on Empathy, Paul Mpagi Sepuya: Drop Scene, Claudia Wieser: Generations (co-curated), Alison O’Daniel: Heavy Air, Jillian Mayer: TIMESHARE, The Language of Objects, Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, Journeys 1967-2017 and Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective (co-curated). Forthcoming projects include exhibitions with Maya Dunietz and the 2023 group exhibition Presence in the Pause.

Installation view: All Together, Amongst Many: Reflections on Empathy at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 2021
Installation view: Alison O’Daniel: Heavy Air at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 2019