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EMERGE: The Four Elements of Hip Hop – Right Here, Right Now!
Annual celebration of graffiti culture goes bigger this Saturday
DAILY Arts  April 22, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...The four elements of Hip Hop culture – DJs, MCs, breakdancing, and graffiti – will wreak a vibrant alchemy this Saturday at Blue Genie Art Industries as Rachel Koper and Nate Nordstrom present this year’s incarnation of the annual EMERGE...."

'Biscuit: A Retrospective'
Gallery Lombardi’s posthumous exhibition of 150 collages by local punk rock renaissance darling Randy Turner is a friendly walk through the brain of Biscuit
Arts Story  March 17, 2006, by Kate X Messer
"...Biscuit, the revered lead singer of the legendary Big Boys, always wanted to do a solo show at Lombardi. "C'mon, Rachel, I can fill this place," the jolly bear of a man would tell gallery owner/manager (and Chronicle arts writer) Rachel Koper..."

Gallery Lombardi
The 12-year ride of Downtown Austin's most rockin' gallery is coming to a close
Arts Story  December 19, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...15, five days after its annual "Xmas Expo" exhibition comes down, the 12-year-old visual-arts space will be closing its doors for good. That's painful not just because it affects the livelihood of someone close to the Chronicle – gallery director Rachel Koper has been writing about the visual arts for us for the past five years..."

Do It Yourself Biennial
How to showcase all the great art in Texas on a shoestring budget
Arts Story  March 4, 2005, by Robert Faires
"...It speaks to the character of the state, to the idea that even in the rarefied realm of art, Texans will still speak up for one another, take a stand for someone they know to be of quality. According to Gallery Lombardi's Rachel Koper, one of the Austin gallery directors who has helped get this Texas Biennial off the ground (there have been predecessors, but more on that later), being able to say a few words about submissions was an important consideration..."

'Radical Nautical': Awash in water works
For its annual juried show, Gallery Lombardi asked artists to dive into the fantastical and mythical depths of the ocean
Arts Story  August 3, 2007, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"..."A lot of people are scared of water," says Lombardi director (and Chronicle Arts writer) Rachel Koper, who is one of five curators of "Radical Nautical." "It's evident that water is also a metaphor for dreaming, being lost in the subconscious. There's also a dark side to it."..."

Gallery Lombardi: A little farther from the train tracks, but the art still rocks
Gallery Lombardi has left its longtime home on Third Street for new digs on West Seventh, but you can expect the same great salon-style group shows for which it's known
Arts Story  March 9, 2007, by Barry Pineo
"...But very soon, the new 36-story, 200-unit Spring condominiums will dominate the area where the little 850-square-foot gallery used to be. "I've known about this for a long time, since two years ago," says Rachel Koper, Gallery Lombardi's longtime curator (and Chronicle Visual Arts writer)..."

Tender Terror?
Gallery Lombardi's new juried show "Hallowed Ground" finds dark beauty and fearsome light in its artists' views of religion.
Arts Story  November 8, 2002, by Molly Beth Brenner
"...When asked what surprised her most about the nearly 200 submissions Lombardi received in response to the gallery's call, Rachel Koper, juror and Lombardi's director, replied, "No. 1: the diversity of the pieces..."

So You Think You Can Paint?
Reality TV-style art competition returns for Season Two
Arts Story  November 18, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...Last year's event drew 68 submissions, from which judges Sterling Allen (artist, Okay Mountain), Rachel Koper (program director, Women & Their Work), and Risa Puleo (assistant curator, Blanton Museum of Art) selected Chloé Yingst as the winner. The Texas State University art student was showered with gift certificates to art-related businesses, guest passes and memberships to area museums, and the big prize: her own solo exhibit at Pump Project Art Complex...."

The Monkey Time
How communing with the apes inspired the artists of the Texas Monkey Project
Arts Story  August 5, 2005, by Cindy Widner
"..."It was like a ranch, you know, a regular Texas-style ranch," says Gallery Lombardi director, painter, and Chronicle art critic Rachel Koper. "But with monkeys behind the fences..."

Rock Your Eyes Out
"The Musikshow" and "The Rawkshow," a pair of linked exhibitions at Gallery Lombardi, explore the connection between rock music and art, one from the angle of musicians who also make art, the other from the angle of artists who also make music.
Arts Story  March 14, 2003, by Molly Beth Brenner
"..."The Musikshow," curated by former New Yorker Erin Leon and Lombardi's Rachel Koper, puts the focus on visual artists who do music, as well. For Leon, the show sprang from an interest in the influence of music on visual creation..."

EAST 2018: Brenner’s Picks
Our savvy arts reprobate has a few suggestions for you, comma, citizen
DAILY Arts  November 15, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Cloud Tree Studio’s Brian David Johnson has his exquisite resin-inscribed wooden vases and sculptures on display among the array of ceramics and jewelry from studio regulars, and – hey, that Rachel Koper’s showing her new paintings here, too, this year. 3411 E..."

The Q&A Hole: Why Are So Many People Unhappy With President Trump?
Can’t American citizens cut that orange shitgibbon a little slack?
DAILY Chronolog  June 12, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Rachel Koper, artist & curator: His hate-mongering and incompetence, would be my guess...."

East Austin Studio Tour
The city's autumn marathon of art covers work by some 300 artists in 175 venues
Arts Story  November 12, 2010, by Robert Faires and Wayne Alan Brenner
"...A reality-TV-style art competition organized by Austin artist, blogger (Bout What I Sees), and former Chronicle visual-arts writer Salvador Castillo. Artists who responded to an open call have their work reviewed by a panel consisting of Okay Mountain artist Sterling Allen, Women and Their Work Program Director Rachel Koper, and Blanton Museum of Art assistant curator Risa Puleo before a public audience..."

Radical Nautical
'Radical Nautical,' maybe the most jam-packed show in Gallery Lombardi history, is a quirky, energetic celebration of water
Arts Review  August 31, 2007, by Salvador Castillo
"...With rainbows in their eyes, Ian Schultz with Michael Schliefke got Austin to once again frolic with unicorns. It seems only magical that Gallery Lombardi curator (and Chronicle Arts writer) Rachel Koper would join Kevin Peake, Kevin Tijerina, Schliefke, and Schultz in bringing together the water-themed "Radical Nautical."..."

Nominations for the 2006-2007 Austin Critics Table Awards
Arts Story  May 18, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...The number of awards still aren't even across the disciplines, but they're considerably closer – theatre (10), dance (6), classical music (8), performing arts design (5), visual arts (8) – and we'll continue to refine them in the future. That said, the nominations for the 2006-2007 Austin Critics Table Awards, covering the period from May 1, 2006, to April 30, 2007, were assembled by the following arts writers: the Austin American-Statesman's Michael Barnes (arts), Clare Croft (dance), Randy Harriman (music), Erin Keever (visual art), David Mead (music), Joey Seiler (theatre), and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin (arts) and the Chronicle's Salvador Castillo (visual arts), Elizabeth Cobbe (theatre), Amanda Douberley (visual arts), Patti Hadad (theatre), Rachel Koper (visual arts), Nikki Moore (visual arts), and Robert Faires (arts)..."

Culture Flash!
The winners of the Amster Youth Concerto Competition tune up, the Biscuit Brothers get buttered up (by the Lege), and Koper scoops up Texas Biennial inside info
Arts Column  March 23, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...• The Texas Biennial is still dazzling art lovers all over town, and if you're one of them and are wondering how to get your hands on some of the works being displayed, you might want to catch Inside the Texas Biennial, a guide to buying proven local talent while you still can by Gallery Lombardi curator and Chronicle contributor Rachel Koper. The talk, which is part of the Austin Fine Arts Alliance's ArtTalk spring series, will take place Wednesday, March 28, 7pm, at Okay Mountain, 1312-B E..."

Tag – You're It!
Celebrating urban scrawl with Gallery Lombardi's exhibition 'Austin Graffiti Art: From Birth to Present'
Arts Story  September 1, 2006, by Amanda Douberley
"...Curators Nathan Nordstrom and Chronicle Arts writer Rachel Koper didn't stop at this survey of outdoor work, however; they also included works on paper, photographs, and paintings by 15 local graffiti artists, with mixed results. The transition from mural-sized tags to smaller paintings on canvas has been a rocky one for many artists in the show, and there is a lot of second-rate work..."

Justice for All? Artists Reflect on the Death Penalty
The Texas Moratorium Network's juried exhibition Justice for All? Artists Reflect on the Death Penalty is a must for anyone with feelings about capital punishment
Arts Review  May 19, 2006, by Nikki Moore
"...The human detail illustrated through the tight graphic design of Adams' cards is part of the sentiment that runs through "Justice for All?," which was juried by Annette Carlozzi, head curator of the Blanton Museum of Art's Contemporary and American Art collection; Lora Reynolds of Lora Reynolds Gallery; and Malaquias Montoya, artist and professor at UC Davis, with assistance and support from Scott Cobb from the Texas Moratorium Network, and Gallery Lombardi curator and Chronicle arts writer Rachel Koper. Including pieces from artists worldwide, some of them longtime activists, others newcomers to the issue, and some death row inmates themselves, the show is nothing short of powerful..."

Art in Their Stockings
Giving the gift of art this season and don't know where to start? Try the Blue Genie Art Bazaar and the Gallery Lombardi 'Xmas Expo.'
Arts Story  December 10, 2004, by Robert Faires
"...An equally hot spot is the "Xmas Expo" at Gallery Lombardi, which features work by local artists and artisans from Brian Alesi to George Zupp, more than 60 in all (including Chronicle Arts writer Rachel Koper). A number of the up-and-comers covered in these pages through the year are exhibiting here..."

Secrets of "Secret Furniture'
The examples of domestic utility at Gallery Lombardi's exhibit "Secret Furniture" -- chairs, tables, dressers, lamps, shelving units -- are such compelling combinations of professional manufacture and artistic vision that they'll be talked about for months to come.
Arts Story  February 14, 2003, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Mark Macek is, in fact, a co-curator of "Secret Furniture." He, Michael Stewart, and Gallery Lombardi's own Rachel Koper have gathered a diverse array of works from local artists, industrial designers, and people who have a knack for shaping wood, steel, and glass into functional objects any home would be proud to display. We're further fortunate, in these trying economic times, that one of the most delightful -- and that really is the correct word -- creations is also the most easily affordable..."

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