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.

Worked with clients such as Bravery Magazine, Origin Magazine, Ditto Magazine, Thomasville Center for the Arts and Beck Financial.  


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
2020 Maryland Institute College of Art/ Maryland
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

2021   World Illustration Awards - Longlist  
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