Molly Rivera grew up in the Great Lakes region of the Midwest, where she received her BFA in sculpture and ceramics at the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2017. In 2020, she graduated from the University of Montana in Missoula with an MFA, where she taught several courses in the Fine Arts department. Additionally, she has instructed community classes at Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota and was Director for a local nonprofit gallery, FrontierSpace, located in Missoula, MT. Her work has been exhibited nationally and is part of permanent collections at the Tweed Museum of Art and the Montana Museum of Art and Culture. Often autobiographical, her work explores the effects of time on memories and our attempts to preserve them.