"...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, 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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"..."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."..."
"...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)..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"..."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..."
"..."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..."
"...Rachel Koper, artist & curator: His hate-mongering and incompetence, would be my guess...."
"...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..."
"...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."..."
"...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)..."
"... 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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...But just watching the man work is a little staggering -- he's like a machine. And Rachel Koper, who runs Gallery Lombardi, she does such a great job over there..."