Rachel Ruth Lewallen (RRLEW) is a performance artist currently based out of Brooklyn, NY. Hailing previously from Rhode Island and North Carolina, RRLEW uses the materials of technology (computer generated music and voices), lights, movement, costume, and speech to build Rube Golderberg Machine-like live performances that transport audiences through fantasy realities, perverted nightmares, profound heartbreaks, moments of beauty, sadness, humor, and manic joy. RRLEW uses these strange worlds (which are carefully built only for the purpose of being destroyed), as test sites for her own twisted ideas about lesbianism, Gay Conversion Therapy, true love, southern queerness, vulnerability, Aileen Wuornos, club music, mad scientists, traffic court judges in New England, kink, TaTU, and whatever else she's into at the moment. Her work is fairly un-intellectual on purpose and has been presented at The Perez Art Museum Miami, The Lab SF, Otion Front Studio NYC, MoMA PS1, and in countless DIY queer/punk/noise spaces across the country.
The student-run Visiting Artist Program brings an outstanding roster of local, national and international artists to PAFA each semester. Through a series of public lectures, critiques, and workshops, the program exposes students and the public to a range of artistic approaches, as well as fostering discussion of contemporary art and ideas.