Solo Exhibition at Cornell University

Rebecca Rutstein: Convergence

August 18–September 15, 2017

John Hartell Gallery

Cornell University
College of Architecture, Art & Planning
129 Sibley Dome
Ithaca, NY 14853

Reception Friday, September 15, 5 p.m.

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In 2015, Philadelphia-based artist Rebecca Rutstein (B.F.A. ’93) was invited to join scientists on the Nautilus exploration vessel for an expedition aimed at sea mapping the ocean floor from the Galápagos Islands to California. This cross-disciplinary exchange between scientists and artists is something Rutstein deeply values. For nearly 20 years, Rutstein has completed site-specific art residencies in geologically dynamic environments including Iceland, Hawaii, the Canadian Rockies, and Vermont. She returned to sea with the research vessel Falkor in 2016 to explore uncharted territory from Vietnam to Guam. While at sea and back in her studio, Rutstein has worked with high-resolution mapping data of the ocean floor collected by the ships’ multibeam sonar technology.

For Rutstein, geologic forces — from gradual erosion to violent upheaval — are powerful metaphors for life experiences and the ebbs and flows of relationships. Her paintings become mappings where scale is shifted and obscured, articulating fractal patterns found in nature. Rutstein constructs spaces through juxtapositions — micro and macro, graphic and atmospheric, organic and geometric, positive and negative, and linear and solid. Her work explores tensions created by these polarities.Convergence is a survey of Rutstein’s recent work that explores geometric abstraction inspired by science, data, and maps.

Rutstein’s interest in geology was initially sparked at Cornell University, where she took a geology course that shaped her artistic pursuits long after her time there. Seeing and learning firsthand about Ithaca’s exceptional exposure of sedimentary rocks carved by glacial and erosive forces was profoundly inspiring. It wasn’t until years after pursuing her M.F.A. that she saw a pathway to incorporate geologic themes into her paintings.

Rutstein’s work spans painting, installation, sculpture, and public art. She has exhibited widely in the U.S. and has received numerous grants including a Pew Fellowship in the Arts and an Independence Foundation Fellowship. Rutstein has garnered recent attention through interviews and features on NPR, Huffington Post, and Vice magazine, and her works can be found in public collections including Johns Hopkins Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Fox Chase Cancer Center, and Temple University. Rutstein holds a B.F.A. from Cornell University and an M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and is represented by Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia and Zane Bennett Contemporary/Form and Concept in Santa Fe.

Rutstein Selected as the Featured Artist in Exhibition at California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks

32 Degrees Latitude
June 15-Aug 5th, 2017
Reception: Thursday, June 15, 4:30-8pm
Artist Talk, Sat June 17, 1:30-2:30pm

California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks
1948 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

(Excerpt from Press Release)
The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) proudly announces the winners from our Inaugural International Juried Art Exhibition – 32 Degrees Latitude. Out of hundreds of applications received from around the globe, only three artists were selected to exhibit at CMATO this summer.

Featured Artist: Rebecca Rutstein
CMATO is honored to showcase Rebecca Rutstein, a Philadelphia-based artist whose works are based on her interest in technology, geology, maps and the undercurrents that continually shape and reshape the world. Her large scale landscape sculptures and paintings are inspired by her prestigious residency aboard two scientific naval exploration vessels that traveled the world. From these missions, Rutstein has mined the satellite and sonar data to present the wild, unbounded grandeur of the natural world with a technological sublimity that grasps at the infinite possibilities suggested by computers. Jennifer Li, Art in America contributor, writes in the exhibition catalogue,

“With her unique background and experience on board the Nautilus and the Falkor, Rutstein brought back reports not of measurable figures, but paintings and sculptures that give form to the nebulous enigma of the sea and its terrain, inspiring and propelling the scientific community and general public with visual poetry and portraits of the Sublime.”

Read the Essay by Jennifer Li, Contributing Writer to Art in America

Catalogue available
for more information, contact


Upcoming Solo Exhibition at Form and Concept/ Zane Bennett Contemporary in Santa Fe

Fault Lines
June 30-Aug 12th, 2017
Reception: Friday, June 30th 5-7pm
Artist Talk, Sat July 1, 2-3pm
Catalogue available

Zane Bennett Contemporary / Form & Concept
435 S Guadalupe St.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
For more information contact: Frank Rose, Director, at
or visit:

“When your painting studio is set adrift on the open sea, things can get a little messy. Philadelphia-based painter Rebecca Rutstein spent her last three artist residencies in close quarters with oceanographic cartographers, examining never-before-seen images of the ocean floor and translating what she learned into undulating, semi-abstract paintings. She grew accustomed to the constant motion of the boat and its unpredictable effect on her brushstrokes. In Fault Lines, her first-ever solo exhibition in New Mexico, Rutstein returns to dry land. Using the sunburnt palette of the high desert, the artist turns her attention to seismic events that occur deep in the Earth’s crust—and employs some tricks she learned at sea to imbue her compositions with dynamic motion.”


Traveling Exhibition with Schmidt Ocean Institute

Rutstein is exhibiting (8) 18 x 18″ paintings in the exhibition Artist at Sea, which continues through 2017 at the following venues:

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute / May 2017
America’s Cup Bermuda / June 2017
Newport, Rhode Island / Sept 2017
Bishop Museum, Honolulu, HI / Oct 2017

For exhibition information, please contact Carlie Weiner at
For sales inquiries, please contact Bridgette Mayer at


1-Year Anniversary Exhibition at Form & Concept in Santa Fe

May 26-October 22, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, May 26, 5-8 pm
Form & Concept’s roster of represented artists has been steadily growing all year, making for a varied and dynamic One-Year Anniversary Exhibition. Featured artists include Heidi Brandow, Heather Bradley, Matthew Mullins, Wesley Anderegg, Debra Baxter, Brett Kern, Armond Lara, Matthew Szosz, Rebecca Rutstein, Elana Schwartz, Mark Newport and an array of jewelry artists in the form & concept shop.

Zane Bennett Contemporary / Form & Concept
435 S Guadalupe St.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
For more information contact: Frank Rose, Director, at


Visiting Artist at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia

In March, Rutstein gave a public lecture and individual studio critiques with senior art students at Moore College of Art & Design.


Limited Edition Prints Now Available!

Four archival, limited-edition prints are now available.
For purchase inquiries, please contact Bridgette Mayer at


Traveling Exhibit goes to San Francisco

Ocean film festival

Rutstein’s work created at sea on the R/V Falkor will travel in a group exhibition organized by Schmidt Ocean Institute to San Francisco, CA. The work will subsequently travel to the America’s Cup in Bermuda, a new venue in Newport, Rhode Island, and back to Honolulu, Hawaii at the Bishop Museum. More info to follow.

“Artist at Sea”
The International Ocean Film Festival

March 9-12, 2017
“Artist at Sea”
March 9-12th
Work on view at The Firehouse at Fort Mason Center (near Cowell Theater)
Sunday, March 12th: Schmidt Ocean Institute Science films at 1 – 2:30 pm.
Panel Discussion: “How Technology Can Save the Oceans” at 3 pm


Upcoming Traveling Exhibit Starting in Hawaii

​Rutstein will show work created while at sea on the R/V Falkor in a group exhibition organized by Schmidt Ocean Institute in Honolulu, Hawaii. The work will subsequently travel to venues in Bermuda and San Francisco. More info to follow.

“Artist at Sea”
The ARTS at Marks Garage
1159 Nuuanu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96817

January 17-February 3, 2017

VIP opening event on January 20th from 6-9pm
SOI Staff Q&A: Saturday, Jan 21 and 28 from 1 to 5 pm;
Movie Night: Tuesday, Jan 24 from 7 to 9 pm;
First Friday Exhibition: Friday, Feb 3rd from 6 to 9 pm.


plume I, 18 x 18″, acrylic on canvas, 2016. Created on board the R/V Falkor from Vietnam to Guam.

New Gallery Representation in Santa Fe, New Mexico

In addition to Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Rutstein is now represented by Zane Bennett Contemporary / Form and Concept in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her work is currently on view there, and she is preparing for an upcoming solo exhibition of brand new works to open on June 30th, 2017. More info to follow.



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