BELLEAU + CHURCHILL
Belleau + Churchill is a collaborative project by Raina Belleau (b. Minneapolis, 88) and Caleb Churchill (b. New York, 80), founded after meeting in graduate school at the Rhode Island School of Design. Feeling constrained by the academic structure of departments, majors and media, they began to collaborate. Their small, whimsical yet melancholic, early pieces soon become an entire collaborative practice.
Raina Belleau's sculptural narratives are inspired by cinema, natural history and environmental issues. She creates surreal scenes with an underlying dark sense of humor that convey personal desires and anxieties surrounding the environment and it’s inhabitants. Belleau received her BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been shown at the Plains Art Museum (Fargo, ND), Not Gallery (Austin, TX), GRIN (Providence, RI) and in multiple group exhibitions around the country. She received the Rhode Island Council for the Arts Fellowship and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant in 2016.
Caleb Churchill received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, an MA Littform the University of St. Andrews (Scotland) in the History of Photography and a BFA from the Glasgow School of Art (Scotland). Currently based in Providence, RI, Churchill’s work explores the intentional and unintentional impacts we have on our environment and the ways it overcomes. He has participated in multiple group exhibitions, nationally and internationally, including Briton Photo Fringe (UK), DO IT! Houston, Clamp Art (New York), GRIN (Providence) and at Satellite Art Show (Miami). His solo exhibition Terra Incognita was presented at Settlement Goods (Houston). He is included in a number of private collections as well as the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington D.C.). His is currently finishing The Era of Hopeful Monsters, a photography project that will culminate in a publication.