Rachel Beth Egenhoefer considers her Commodore 64 Computer and Fisher Price Loom to be defining objects of her childhood. She is an artist, designer, writer, and professor, whose focus integrates technology, craft, and design. Her current work focuses on sustainability and systems thinking as related to interaction design and behavior change.
Rachel Beth received her BFA from the Fiber department with a concentration in Digital Video from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She was an MFA fellow at the University of California, San Diego where she also was a graduate researcher at UCSD's Center for Research and Computing in the Arts (CRCA).
Egenhoefer’s artistic work has been included in major exhibitions such as the Boston Cyber Arts Festival, ISEA in Tallinn Estonia, La Noche en Blanco in Madrid, in San Francisco and at The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, The Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) London, The Banff Centre for the Arts, and many others. She has been an artist in residence at Tsinghua University in Beijing, the University of Brighton in the UK, and other local organizations.
As a designer Egenhoefer’s work can be seen on Regina Spektor’s Begin To Hope Album , as well as in both local and international publications such as Art Forum, The San Francisco Chronicle, Media-N, and others. Rachel Beth formerly worked as the Web and Program Designer at Yerba Buena Arts & Events/ Yerba Buena Gardens Festival in San Francisco.
Egenhoefer is currently an Associate Professor in Design in the Department of Art + Architecture at the University of San Francisco. She has contributed to Routledge’s Sustainability Hub on topics of sustainable design and systems thinking. Believing in the power of education to move sustainable action forward, she has been a part of ASHEE’s Sustainability Across the Curriculum Program, and presented her work on sustainable design education at the AIGA Design Educators Forum, the School of Visual Arts in New York, San Francisco Art Institute, and others.
Rachel Beth was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and currently lives in Oakland, California.