Artist Biography

Rhonda Horton was born in Euclid Ohio, and as a young child she began to capture the world around her through drawing and photography with a mention in poetry receiving recognition and award. Rhonda moved from Ohio to Alaska at age 10 and continued pursuing her art in school through industrial arts, drawing, photography, painting, and music. While raising her family, she was set designer for adult and children musicals and community children’s theater camps. She became actively involved in art at the public schools and served as local chair, co-chairperson, and regional support for the National Parent Teacher Association, Cultural Arts Program “Reflections” for seven years. She taught charcoal drawing along with numerous art projects in a multi-age classroom and was lead teaching-artist in the construction of two large ceramic tile murals with students for hallway installation at Snowshoe Elementary School, Wasilla, Alaska. Rhonda received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, with studio emphasis in printmaking and drawing. She has taught printmaking and papermaking in small workshops with UAA and UA Mat-Su Colleges. Rhonda has taught drawing, design, printmaking, and papermaking in rural Alaska through the Alaska State Council on the Arts, Artist In Schools Residency Program and with the Anchorage School District, Northern Journeys Arts Program. Rhonda has additional Post Baccalaureate K-12 Art Education, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Rhonda’s work has received local and national recognition and awards including Artist Award, U. S. Capitol Christmas Tree, 2015.  She has shown her work in South Central Alaska with ten individual exhibits, with numerous juried and group exhibitions within Alaska and the United States. Her work is in public and private collections including various public schools in Alaska, University of Alaska, Anchorage, and the Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw State University.