Valeria Rachel Herrera
Assistant Teaching Professor

MFA, Rhode Island School of Design; BArch, Syracuse Architecture

Valeria Rachel Herrera is a full-time Assistant Teaching Professor at the Syracuse University, School of Architecture where she teaches required drawing courses and design studios in the professional degree program.

Prior to joining the Syracuse faculty, Valeria has taught at Sarah Lawrence College and RISD where she taught a series of visual representation and print media courses in the collegiate and foundations programs and where she continues to teach each summer.

Valeria is an artist and designer who works in a variety of media and across a spectrum of creative disciplines including print media, sculpture, drawing and architectural explorations. Her work has been exhibited at the RISD Museum, Print Austin, the Il Bisonte Annual show and in numerous galleries across the US and is held in the permanent collections of the RISD Museum and the Fleet Library.

Valeria’s practice, VRH Ink., is based in her print, sculpture and media studio at the Delavan Art Center in Syracuse, NY. Her work combines a conceptual interest in illusory, environmental and architectural space, place and time - both imagined and real - that records superimposed conditions of memory. Her interest in materiality and technique pushes her work to explore the expanding capacity of print media.  Her oeuvre builds a multi-layered narrative from a personal biography where select fragments of content are made distinct and magnified, while others fall into obscurity, chaos and disjunction leaving the viewer in a state of instability - challenging one’s ability to comfortably navigate the work.

Valeria holds an MFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and a Bachelor of Architecture professional degree from the Syracuse University School of Architecture where she was awarded the Britton Medal for Outstanding Thesis.