Ana Vizcarra Rankin makes drawings, paintings and sculptures about travel and cartography. Recently she has been studying star maps and images captured using powerful telescopes and other mediating technologies such as global positioning systems. These images are transmuted into art that explores the phenomenological sense of being in and of the universe. 

Ana Vizcarra Rankin hace dibujos, pinturas y esculturas sobre los viajes y la cartografía. Recientemente ha estado estudiando mapas astronómicos y las imágenes capturadas utilizando gran telescopios y otras tecnologías de mediación gráfica, como los sistemas de posicionamiento global. Estas imágenes se transmutan en arte que explora el sentido fenomenológico de ser parte del universo.

An Uruguayan American artist based in Philadelphia, Vizcarra Rankin has exhibited extensively and received various awards.  Vizcarra Rankin holds an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and a BA in art history from Temple University. Her work resides in international, public, corporate and private collections. 

Una artista uruguaya/estadounidense con sede en Filadelfia, Ana Vizcarra Rankin ha realizado numerosas exposiciones y recibido varios premios.  Vizcarra Rankin se graduó con un Master en las artes plasticas de la Academia de Bellas Artes de Pensilvania y una licenciatura de historia del arte en la Universidad de Temple. Su trabajo reside en colecciones internacionales, públicas, corporativas y privadas.

Born: Maldonado Uruguay
Works: Philadelphia PA USA

Selected Exhibitions



Pennsylvania College of Art and Design Butterfly Effect Reading PA


Kitchen Table Gallery Everything Counts Philadelphia PA

Satellite Art Show SXSW Micro/Macro Sky Austin TX


Factory Works FleshPlanetarium Williamsport, PA

Philiput Experimental Ana Vizcarra Rankin Philadelphia PA

Brandywine River Museum of Art Time/Scale Chadds Ford, PA

James Oliver Gallery Sky/Skin Philadelphia PA

Liliput Experimental Coruscando Puebla, Mexico

Warren County Community College Infinite/Infinitesimal Washington NJ


Salón de Bellas Artes, Embassy of Uruguay Sky/Ground Washington DC

Instituto Cervantes Chicago Sky/Ground Chicago IL


Cohen Gallery Goggleworks. The Void That Binds Reading PA


Crane Arts Project Space Voids that Bind Philadelphia PA


Annenberg Gallery, PAFA MFA Thesis Exhibition Philadelphia PA


Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens Skull Currency Philadelphia PA


Bickett Gallery New Drawings and Paintings Raleigh NC

Gallery A  Archetypal Variations Raleigh NC


Bickett Gallery Inspiring the Muses Raleigh NC

Gallery A  Abstract Raleigh NC


April & George Gallery Rebirth Archetypes Raleigh NC



Temple Judea Museum Making Israel Real Elkins Park PA

Azavea Transformation as Perception Philadelphia PA

James Oliver Gallery International Variety Philadelphia PA

Da Vinci Art Alliance International Constructivism (2 person) Philadelphia PA


Woodmere Art Museum The Woodmere Annual 76th Juried Exhibition Philadelphia PA

The Painting Center Fight or Flight New York, NY

Main Line Art Center Teaching Artists Exhibition Haversford, PA

Philadelphia City Hall A Message to Our Daughters Philadelphia PA


Carver Insitute for Arts and Technology Inside/Out Towson MD  

Ellipsis Art Gallery Flesh… Philadelphia PA


Alianza Latina Visions Shaping Latin American Art Arlington VA

PhilaMOCA Ad Noctum (2 person) Philadelphia PA

Plastic Club Small Worlds Philadelphia PA

Paradigm Gallery Community Arts Project Philadelphia PA

Projects Gallery Square Foot Redux Miami, FL

HeavyBubble HQ Snowflake Salon Philadelphia PA


Arlington Arts Center Dia de los Muertos Arlington VA

Fisher Brooks Gallery, PAFA, Summer Shuffle Philadelphia PA

Heavy Bubble Headquarters, Snowflake Salon Philadelphia PA

Projects Gallery, Square Foot Art Basel Redux Miami FL

Pterodactyl, Escape the Night Philadelphia PA

7Dunham, Print Exchange Exhibition Brooklyn, NY

Salon 1522, Night Walk With Me, Philadelphia PA

Bebe Benoliel Gallery, CFEVA, Open Channels Philadelphia PA

Wilmington Project Space, Luscious Landscapes, Wilmington, DE

Gallery 110 Church. Ritual:Reading Room Philadelphia PA


Ann Street Gallery. The Sublime Revisited Newburgh NY

Pterodactyl, All Along the Watchtower, Philadelphia PA

Rowan University Art Gallery. Cosmobilities Glassboro NJ


Philadelphia City Hall Dialogo 365, Philadelphia PA

Sandy Springs Museum Re-Using Our Re-Sources Sandy Springs VA

Latin American Gallery, International House Philadelphia Gender Games Philadelphia PA

PAFA Gallery 128 Inspired by Tanner Philadelphia PA

Philadelphia Magic Gardens Art Gage Philadelphia PA


Gallery 110 Church. Stimulus/Stimuli Philadelphia PA

MBN Studios Out In Out Philadelphia PA

Chestnut Hill Academy. Drawn from PAFA Chestnut Hill PA


Pageant Soloviev Definitely Philadelphia PA


Exploris Museum Day of the Dead Exhibition Raleigh NC          

Designbox Keep a Breast Raleigh NC

Permanent Grin Gallery Sketchbook Show Raleigh NC


2012                   MFA Studio Art - Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)

2010                   BA Art History - Temple University summa cum laude

2005                   Drawing Marathon - New York Studio School

1995-1999         Architecture Design - Oklahoma State University


Awards and Residencies


Resident Artist TrueQué Artist Residency in Ayampe, Ecuador 

(nominee) The FID Drawing Prize


Resident Artist Barnes Artist Residency in Umbria, Italy

Judy McGregor Caldwell Purchase Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA

Essie Baron Memorial Award, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Billikopf Award, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Gundesheimer Merit Award, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA




Muestra Dislocada/Dislocated Show, Fringe Arts Philadelphia PA,   


Muestra Dislocada/Dislocated Show, Paintedfoot Studio Philadelphia PA, K-Zona Bogota Colombia,  Laboratorio Tangencial de Arte Posnación, Chicago IL

Shacti/Eschatology PaintedFoot Studio Phiadelphia Pa


Strong, Tender & True, Love Barn, Phoenixville PA


Falolo Forever, Little Berlin, Philadelphia PA


Feast Portfolio, PAFA Alumni Art Gallery, Philadelphia PA


Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts Museum Permanent Collection

Brandywine River Museum of Art

Peoria Riverfront Museum

Uruguay Cultural Foundation of the Arts

Franklin Furnace Collection, MOMA New York

Red Hat

Print Council of Australia

Brooklyn Art Library



Guest Critic, Carver Institute of Arts and Technology


Adjunct Instructor Color Theory Warren County Community College, Washington NJ

2012 – 2015

Lectures and Talks


“Artist in Conversation” with Patricia Guardiola, Assistant Head of UPENN Fisher Fine Arts Library

“Reference, Observation and Mediation” James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia PA 


“Neo-Nomad Maps” Uruguay Cultural Foundation of the Arts, Washington DC


“Head in the Sky, Feet on the Ground” Art at Lunch, PAFA Philadelphia PA

Bibliography and Press

Public Collections

Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts

Brooklyn Art Library
Print Council of Australia


2013                    Cosmobilities Invitational Exhibition Catalog "Late Feast in June"

2013                    Art Takes Miami SCOPE Miami Juried Catalog "Eagle Nebula"

2013                    Bound “Pinball” Juried Exhibition Catalog

2012                    Dialogo 365 Exhibition Catalog "Benefit Dinner Plates"

2011                     Certain Circles Vol 1.  Philadelphia PA "Disseminate"

2010                    Philadelphia City Paper "Triangle Park is in Bloom" photo credit

2007                   World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today Vol 1 E.S. Miami FL 4 images in “Fine Art”

2000                  Urban Tulsa Weekly Frontispiece, Earth Day Issue


2014                   The Reading Eagle Ron Schira "Ana Vizcarra Rankin finds art in the skies" (review)

2013                   Tyler Blog  Kayla Cropper “Ana Vizcarra Rankin (BA, Art History '10) begins portfolio project, Feast


                            The Art Blog  Chip Scwartz "All Things Evil at Pterodactyl " (review)
                            Flying Kite Media Michelle Freeman“Stargazing with Ana Vizcarra Rankin” (interview)

                            Manufactured Dissent Ruth Schanbacher “Ana Vizcarra Rankin” (interview)

                            Eurocircle Sherry Kumar “Philadelphia Member of the Month- Ana Vizcarra Rankin” (interview)

2012                   El Espectador Charles Loewenstein “Artista Plástica Uruguaya fue distinguida en los Estados Unidos.”

2005                   Independent Weekly Bronwyn Merritt “A Riot of Color” (review)

2004                   Independent Weekly, Fiona Morgan “Art or Censorship?” 

                            News and Observer, Hunter Spanks “Art Critics In Blue”

2003                   Lather Magazine, Mark Hornburg “Ana Vizcarra - Self Interview”

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