Chelsea Ragan - Illustrator
Black Mountain, NC

I’m an illustrator, baker, mother of two and thrift store junkie. After having kids I was at a crossroad in my creative journey. I found studio time during nap times and inspiration in story books. I am passionate about creating and spreading joy.
I make colorful handmade paper-cut collages of vintage nostalgia, americana and folk moments.

I am also the Co-Founder of both School of the Alternative and Cut in the Fence.


2012  MICA, MFA Mount Royal School of Art- Baltimore, MD
2006 University of Georgia, BFA Painting/Drawing - Athens, GA

Cut In the Fence, Co-Founder
School of the Alternative, Co-Founder
Vagrant Space, Co-Founder

Talks + Workshops
2019 School of the Alternative/ North Carolina
2019 Asheville School/ North Carolina
2018 Hamiltonian Gallery/ Washington DC
2018 Maryland Institute College of Art/ Maryland
2017 School of the Alternative / North Carolina
2017 Salem College/ North Carolina
2017 Wexner Center for the Arts/ Ohio
2016  MoMA/ New York

Grants + Fellowships
2020 ICON / Illustration Academy 
2013 Vermont Studio Center Fellowship
2012 Leadership Recognition - MICA
2012 Launching Art in Baltimore - MICA
2011 Graduate Research Grant - MICA
2010 Mount Royal Graduate Scholarship - MICA

If you are interested in freelance / collaboration 
please feel free to contact me via email :

︎  chelsearaganart@gmail.com

︎ @chelsearaganart

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