Rachel L. Mindrup, BFA, MFA

Rachel L. Mindrup, BFA, MFA

Rachel L. Mindrup, BFA, MFA

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences


  • Life Drawing and Artistic Anatomy
  • Painting
  • Social Activism

Academic Appointments


  • Fine & Performing Arts


  • Assistant Professor

Secondary Appointment

  • Medical Humanities

Teaching Activity

  • Art Fundamentals
  • Artistic Anatomy
  • Life Drawing I-IV
  • Painting I-IV
  • Senior Thesis


Rachel Mindrup, is a visual artist who is active in both her local and regional art communities. She received her BFA from the University of Nebraska - Kearney and then continued with atelier studies at the Art Academy of Los Angeles. She received her MFA from the Art Institute of Boston. Her current painting practice is about the study of the figure and portraiture in contemporary art and its relation to medicine. More specifically, since 2010 Mindrup has been working on her "Many Faces of Neurofibromatosis (NF)" series to bring awareness to this little known genetic disorder that affects 1:3000 individuals.

Mindrup's client list includes: Kiewit Corporation, Boys Town, Boys Town National Research Hospital, and the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally including the Queens Museum in NYC and Georgia Regents University. Her artwork is held in many private collections including those of Primatologist Jane Goodall and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Publications and Presentations


Research and Scholarship

Current Research Projects

  • Currently, I am painting and researching individuals affected by Neurofibromatosis (NF). I am using this qualitative method to humanize a genetic disorder that can often be defined by statistics rather than case studies. Because it is variable from person to person depending on how the chromosome mutates its effects manifest themselves differently. By presenting individual stories, it also shows the breadth of research needed to tackle different aspects of the disorder. I am using the portraits to lobby for funding for the NIH and the CDMRP through the federal budget.

Awards and Honors

  • Individual Artist Fellowship, Nebraska Arts Council, 2019
  • Artist in Residence, National Park Service (NPS), 2018
  • Artist in Residence, Farwell House, 2018
  • Artist in Residence, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, 2017
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, NISOD, 2015
  • Artist in Residence, Ink Shop Printmaking Center, 2015
  • The Mamie E. Johnston, D.O., FACOP, Creative Medical Art in Teaching Award, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, 2011