Rachel Fawn Alban
School of Visual Arts
• MPS Art Therapy (2007)
• BFA Art Education, dual major Graphic Design (1999)
2018 Metro Texture 111, Street Photography Show. Con Artist Collective, NY, NY.
2018 Faces & Voices of Manhattan's Neighborhood Storefronts, curated by James & Karla Murray. Jefferson Market Library NYPL, NY, NY.
2017 Urban Art Collection: Photography Documenting NYC Hip Hop Culture. Presented by Queens Hip Hop Festival and LIC Arts Open. Long Island City, Queens.
2014 5Pointz NYC. Google Arts & Culture online gallery curated by Street Art NYC.
2014 Fridge Art Fair. Street Art NYC Collective booth. Long Island City, Queens.
2014 Pho-To-Graffs: Images of Hip Hop, Graffiti & Urban Culture. Gold Coast Art Center, Great Neck, Long Island.
2013 East River Ferry gallery at Photoville. Brooklyn, NY.
2012 “My Empire State Building.” Empire State Building 5th Avenue Gallery, NY, NY.
2006 "Doors, Mirrors, Windows." Visual Arts Gallery, NY, NY.
Articles, Interviews, and Photo Essays
ArtBreakOUT.com The Living Museum at Creedmoor in Queens Village to Host Open House on Thursday, March 7 Photographer, Author. 3/5/19
StreetArtNYC.org: 2014-present. Collaborate with the Street Art NYC collective to document and present the best of street art, graffiti, and public art throughout NYC and beyond. Selected highlights include:
- The Bronx Team at Hackensack’s Union Street Park Photographer, Author. 7/13/19
- Riding the 1 Train with Instafame Phantom Art Photographer. 7/9/19
- Interview with Jeff Beler on Curating the STEAM Mural Project at PS 9 in Prospect Heights. Brooklyn Photographer. 9/4/18
- At the Jersey Fresh Jam in Trenton, NJ Photographer. 8/18/18
- The Wooden Walls Mural Project in Asbury Park, NJ Photographer. 6/4/18
- At the Ironbound Boxing Academy in Newark, NJ: Where Boxing, Graffiti, and Education Merge Photographer. 2/13/17
- All City Express Premiers at Randall's Island Contributing Photographer. 7/30/16
- Meres and Zimad in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn Photographer, Author. 5/13/14
- Swoon: Submerged Motherlands at Brooklyn Museum Photographer, Author. 4/26/14
UntappedCities.com: 2013-present. Develop stories and guided tours in collaboration with Untapped Cities, an online magazine about urban discovery and exploration which has 1,500,000+ views/month.
Selected Untapped Arts & Culture coverage:
- How Newark, NJ was Transformed into Gotham for The Movie Joker Photographer. 10/10/19
- Inside the Living Museum at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens Photographer, tour guide. 3/25/19
- Abandoned Ironbound Football Stadium Gets New Life in Newark, NJ Photographer. 8/15/17
- Behind the Scenes With Shepard Fairey as he Paints New Street Art Mural On Bowery for the LISA Project Photographer, Author. 8/25/14
- Mosaic Man Jim Power Proclaims “Mosaic Massacre 2014”, Removes Tiles From Astor Place Lamp Posts Photographer and Author. 8/15/14
- The LISA Project NYC Brings Street Art to Manhattan’s Little Italy Photographer, Author. 7/25/14
- On the Front Lines: Graffiti Documenters Share Stories, Photos at MCNY Photographer, Author. 6/25/1
- Street Artist Gilf Responds to the Abrupt Closing of Pearl Paint in Chinatown, NYC Photographer, Author. 4/28/14
- Moving Murals: Henry Chalfant & Martha Cooper’s All-City Graffiti Archive on Exhibit at City Lore Photographer, Author. 4/17/14
- Preview of MCNY's City as Canvas Graffiti Exhibit Photographer, Author. 02/03/14
- MCNY Curator Sean Corcoran on City As Canvas Graffiti Exhibit Photographer, Author. 01/21/14
- Inside 4 World Trade Center, With Views from the 72nd Floor Photographer, Author. 11/11/13
- Graffiti Removal on NYC's High Line Hits Section 3 Photographer, Author. 7/30/13
5Pointz Untapped Coverage:
- 5Pointz Founders Create a New Museum of Street Art (MoSA) Inside CitizenM Bowery Hotel Photographer, Author, Tour Guide. 9/28/18
- The Spirit of 5Pointz Lives on at Brooklyn Reclaimed in Bushwick Photographer. 6/30/15
- Photo Essay: What's Left of 5Pointz on the 1st Memorial of the Whitewash Photographer, Author. 11/21/14
- 5Pointz Artists Honor 9/11 With a Mural in Crown Heights, Brooklyn Photographer, Author. 9/12/14
- 5Pointz Artists in WHITEWASH Exhibit at Jeffrey Leder Gallery Photographer, Author. 4/7/14
- Tribute to 5Pointz Graffiti Haven in Long Island City, With Photos from the Rally Photographer, Author. 11/20/13
- 5Pointz Is Slated for Demolition But Won’t Go Down Without a Fight: Hearing is Today Photographer, Author. 10/17/13
- A Photo Essay Marking the Impending Loss of 5Pointz, NYC's Graffiti Haven Photographer, Author. 8/30/13
- A Visual Tour Of 5Pointz Aerosol Art Center Photographer, Author. 3/13/13
Central Park Untapped coverage:
- 7 Features of Central Park That Weren’t in the Original Plan Photographer, Author. 12/21/17
- Historic Ruins and Remnants Inside Central Park Co Author. 11/9/17
- Top 10 Secrets of Central Park Photographer, Author. 11/26/13
- Untapped Secrets of Central Park: Waterfalls, Caves and Prehistoric Rocks Photographer, Author. 5/20/13
- Ethereal Photographs of Central Park Before Sunrise Photographer, Author. 2/15/13
Untapped Cities Tours
2019 Organize and lead visit to The Living Museum, co-hosted with Lois Stavsky
2018 Lead Walkthroughs of the MoSA Museum of Street Art, co-hosted with Curator, Marie Flageul
Contributing Photographer, Books
- Scott, Kay. 5Pointz: A Community of Artists. Heinemann, 2017
- Cropsey, Melinda. A Quiet Happy Place - A Children’s Introduction to the Labyrinth. Self published, 2017
Press features and mentions
- Tobi Elkin, “Storefronts Highlight Stories of Independent Shops and Their Proprietors”. Hyperallergic, 8/8/18
- Susan Xu, “10 of NYC’s Most Famous Cats”. Untapped Cities, 2/18
- Lilit Marcus, “Baxter the 'Graffiti Cat' Finds the Purr-fect Life Outside of 5Pointz: Feline Gets New Owner and Another Life on Social Media”. Wall Street Journal, 9/2/14
- Benjamin Sutton, "Silver Lining: The 5Pointz Cat Has Been Rescued". ARTINFO, 12/9/13
- Jeanmarie Evelly, "5Pointz's Resident 'Graffiti' Cat Finds a New Home Ahead of Demolition". DNA Info, 12/3/13
- "Untapped Contributor Profile: Rachel Fawn Alban". Untapped Cities, 9/27/13