After graduating from Barnard College as an English Major, Rani Carson began her painting career in the Caribbean. She then studied with NY roof-top painter, Herman Rose, lived in Paris, studied paintings throughout Europe, and returned to earn her MFA from Brooklyn College. She began teaching at the Grant Campus of Suffolk County Community College in 1974 where she was a Professor of Art and Curator for the Campus Art Gallery. She has also taught at the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica.
Rani Carson has had many one-person exhibitions in the U.S. and Jamaica, including the Allan Stone Gallery in NYC, the Vorpal Gallery in San Francisco, and at the Crayola Gallery in the Banana Factory in Bethlehem, PA. She has also regularly shown her work at two cooperative galleries in NYC, the Prince Street Gallery and the First Street Gallery, and has exhibited at Vassar College. She participated in such group shows as “Figurative Artists of Park Slope” at the Brooklyn Museum, the Small Works show at N.Y.U., “Movietone Muse” One Penn Plaza, and “Art Against Apartheid” exhibitions throughout the New York City area. Her work has been included in an international exhibition at the Meguro Museum of Art, in Tokyo, Japan.
Ms. Carson’s paintings have also been shown in many annual and biennial exhibitions at the National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston. Her work has been reviewed in several publications in the U.S. and Jamaica, including the Winter/Watercolor edition of American Artist. Now a resident of Riverhead, N.Y., she travels several times a year to her studio in Oracabessa, Jamaica.