Rebecca McAlpin Photography
Rebecca Rutstein – whose work spans painting, sculpture, interactive installation and public art – creates work at the intersection of art, science and technology. With interests in geology, microbiology and marine science, Rutstein is passionate about creating visual experiences that shed light on hidden environments, forging a dialogue about stewardship in the face of climate change. Rutstein has been an artist-in-residence at sites around the world, including five expeditions at sea and two dives to the ocean floor in the Alvin submersible. Her collaborations with scientists through residencies and workshops have been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Academies of Science / Keck Futures Initiative, Ocean Exploration Trust and Schmidt Ocean Institute. Rutstein has received the prestigious Pew Fellowship in the Arts, an Independence Foundation Fellowship, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant, is an MIT Ocean Discovery Fellow, and was recently named the Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding – awarded to leading global scholars and creative thinkers who do groundbreaking work at the University of Georgia – which includes a year-long solo exhibition at the Georgia Museum of Art. Rutstein’s work has been featured on NPR and in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post and Philadelphia Magazine. With over 25 solo exhibitions, Rutstein has exhibited widely in museums and institutions, and her work can be found in public collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Georgia Museum of Art, Temple University, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, AT&T and Delta Airlines. Rutstein holds a BFA (magna cum laude) from Cornell University and an MFA from University of Pennsylvania. She has been represented by Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia since 2001.