Riana Bovill grew up near Washington, D.C. and attended Elmira College in Upstate New York, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree with concentrations in Ceramics, Painting, and Furniture Design.
She ﬁrst started to experiment with textiles in 2010, and through a trial-and-error process, created her ﬁrst appliqué portraits. She found success with this body of work, and participated in numerous exhibitions, including the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Fiber Art International 2016, and a two-person show at the Missouri Star Quilt Company in Hamilton, MO. She was also invited to attend the Arrowmont Pentaculum 2017, a week-long Artist Residency at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.
In 2017, Bovill began working towards her MFA degree at the University of Missouri- Columbia. Taking this time to experiment and try different processes, her new work includes costumes, performance, artist books, and sculpture. She has been exploring papermaking as well as traditional Shibori dyeing techniques, and uses those newfound skills in her current body of work. Additionally, as a graduate student, Bovill has taught Two-Dimensional Design and Beginning Fibers. Her Fibers course has an emphasis on surface design, dyeing, embroidery, papermaking, and book arts.