Studio view, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia.
Philadelphia-based artist Rebecca Rutstein – whose work spans painting, installation, sculpture and public art – explores abstraction with a vision inspired by science, data and maps. Rutstein has been an artist in residence in geologically dynamic locations including Iceland, Hawaii, the Canadian Rockies and Vermont. Most recently, she completed two artist-at-sea residencies aboard research ships where she collaborated with scientists mapping out never-before-seen ocean floor topography from the Galápagos Islands to California and exploring uncharted territory from Vietnam to Guam.
Rutstein has exhibited widely in galleries, museums, and institutions and has received numerous awards including a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, Pew Professional Development Grant, Ocean Exploration Trust Fellowship, Independence Foundation Fellowship and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grants. She has garnered recent attention through radio interviews on NPR and Hawaii Public Radio and with features in Huffington Post, Vice Magazine, SciArt Magazine, Philadelphia Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Artblog and New American Paintings. Her work can be found in public collections including Johns Hopkins Hospital, Nordstrom Canada, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Temple University where she completed her first permanent, public art commission.
Rutstein holds a BFA from Cornell University – graduating magna cum laude with abroad study in Rome – and an MFA from University of Pennsylvania. She has been a visiting artist at universities across the United States and conducted ship-to-shore outreach with science museums worldwide. Rutstein is represented by Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia and by Zane Bennett Contemporary/Form & Concept in Santa Fe.