Rachel Brask Hutchinson, born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, received her bachelor’s of arts degree in Art from Houghton College in 2006, with concentrations in graphic design and painting. She also minored in Writing, Spanish and Environmental Stewardship. In addition to her studies, she also was involved as the Social Chair and Publicity Coordinator for the Houghton Artists Guild, Design Editor for The Houghton Star newspaper, and volunteered with a youth outreach organization in Allegany County, NY. She participated in an off-campus environmental study program in Star Lake, NY. During several service-learning trips abroad to Honduras and Costa Rica, she assisted as an English-Spanish translator. Rachel continued to work after graduation as Assistant Graphic Designer in the department of Public Relations at Houghton College. Rachel has served with AmeriCorps ABLE (AmeriCorps Builds Lives through Education) as a Youth Director placed with a non-profit youth organization, Southern Tier YFC in Wellsville, NY. During her term of service with AmeriCorps, Rachel organized and marketed educational and fundraising events for the organization, in addition to planning and coordinating youth activities. She also served as a youth mentor.
After her time with AmeriCorps was completed, Rachel returned to her native Southeastern Massachusetts/Rhode Island area. She volunteered as a graphic design intern at the Providence Children’s Museum and as a teaching assistant for Providence CityArts for Youth. She began her own visual arts studio, Rachel Brask Artworks. Her private work has included start-up business designs and painting commissions. Rachel is a member of the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative, Graphic Artists Guild and the AIGA. When she is not designing, she can be found creating oil paintings rich in tone and texture at her studio and seeking ways to inspire youth to express themselves in artistic mediums. In 2009, Rachel accepted a position incorporating her love of working with children as a teacher and director for a before- and after-school program called Champions, where she continues to be involved.
Rachel loves good coffee, conversation and helping others. In April 2011, Rachel married her husband, Peter Hutchinson, an Upstate New York native and graduate of Houghton College, Department of Communications.