Rhea Nowak received her BA from Bennington College in Printmaking and Painting, her MFA from the University of Connecticut in Printmaking and Drawing, and a Master Printer Certificate from Il Bisonte, in Florence, Italy. She regularly extends her knowledge of non-toxic printmaking through workshops at Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence Massachusetts. After teaching at a number of colleges and universities in Connecticut, Rhea joined the Art Department faculty at the SUNY College at Oneonta in upstate New York where she teaches foundations, printmaking, artist's books and an advanced collaborative art projects course.
In addition to her prints and regular participation in exchange portfolios, Rhea's mixed media drawings and unique books have been exhibited in juried, invitational, and solo exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe. Other recent projects include: Trialogs, a collaborative DVD of images and sound with Julie Licata, percussionist and Bret Masteller, electronic musician, and a catalog entitled Translations: Contemporary and Traditional Prints by Rhea Nowak that was funded by a grant from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation documenting a large solo exhibition of the same title.