Rutstein completes first Public Art Project with Bridgette Mayer Art Advisors


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“Sky Terrain” is a permanent installation of 18 sculptures at 11th and Montgomery Streets on the campus of Temple University in Philadelphia. Rutstein was selected for this “One Percent for Art” Project by Committees from the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and Temple University. The 5 x 10′ floating cloud sculptures constructed of bent, powder coated, steel start at the base of a newly built LEED-certified parking garage, and float up to the top of the five story building, breaking the architecture at the top of the structure.

In the daytime, the 16-gauge steel glistens and gleans in the sunlight, often casting shadows on the crème colored building supporting it. “Sky Terrain” also picks up hues from the surrounding buildings, sometimes appearing pink and blue. The ever-changing appearance of the installation is further enhanced by an animated lighting program in the evening.


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Shortly before sunset until shortly after sunrise, the LED lighting program mimics sky tone variations from sunset to dusk to twilight (even simulating twinkling stars), and is meant to activate the space into a dynamic experience. It is an opportunity for the public to enjoy these nature-inspired phenomena in an urban environment.

Rebecca Rutstein on WHYY / NPR

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While on board the Nautilus, Rebecca Rutstein was interviewed by Peter Crimmins on WHYY. Catch the radio story and read the article here:


Rebecca Rutstein to Set Sail onboard Robert Ballard’s Exploration Vessel Nautilus

On July 6th, Rebecca Rutstein will be participating as an “Artist at Sea” Science Communication Fellow onboard Robert Ballard’s Exploration Vessel Nautilus through July 26th, 2015. Departing from the Galapagos Islands, she will work alongside scientists who will conduct hi-resolution multi-beam mapping of the ocean floor through the East Pacific. The team will then focus on the California Borderlands where more detailed mapping will take place in this tectonically complex region. Rutstein will be using the live feed of data to create paintings onboard the ship, and communicate through live interactions with audiences globally about the expedition.

Tune in to a live video feed at

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Review of “Afterglow” in the Art Blog



Rebecca Rutstein’s Afterglow at Bridgette Mayer Gallery

By Alexander Fiorentino

May 28, 2015  

 [Alex enjoys a colorful, adventurous show of new works by artist Rebecca Rutstein, who moves between media with apparent ease. — the artblog editors]

Geometry, geography, and geology merge with whimsy and painterly color in Rebecca Rutstein’s latest solo exhibition at Bridgette Mayer Gallery. Her work, mostly paintings with the impressive addition of an installation in the back gallery, combines technological draftsmanship and, at times, cloying sentimentality–the unlikely pairing results in pleasing, universal works that speak abstractly of the structures which make up our world.

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Write up of “Artist at Sea” Fellowship in the Art Blog


News post – Chris Burden passes away, Ken Lum launches Monument Lab, Rebecca Rutstein to set sail, opportunities and more.

By Alyssa Greenberg
May 12, 2015

Titanic Discoverer, Dr. Robert Ballard’s Exploration Vessel Nautilus, and soon to be home to Rebecca Rutstein. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Titanic Discoverer, Dr. Robert Ballard’s Exploration Vessel Nautilus, and soon to be home to Rebecca Rutstein. Photo courtesy of the artist.

via Bridgette Mayer Gallery – Artist as seafarer: Rebecca Rutstein has been selected as a 2015 “Artist at Sea” Science Communication Fellow set to sail aboard Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus during its 2015 expedition, becoming a member of the Corps of Exploration aboard E/V Nautilus in July as they explore from the Galápagos Islands to the southern California coast, focusing on an area 1000 nautical miles west of Colima, Mexico to international waters, where there are two sites of interest for seafloor mapping. If you’re feeling intrepid (as we are!), Rutstein’s experiences are going to appear while she is at sea via streaming video on the Nautilus Live website, a 24-hour portal.

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Upcoming Solo Exhibition at Bridgette Mayer Gallery

Rebecca Rutstein: Afterglow

April 22-May 30, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, May 1, 6-8pm

Bridgette Mayer Gallery
709 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Rutstein Selected as a Recipient of a 2015 “Artist at Sea” Science Communication Fellowship from Ocean Exploration Trust

I am honored to be selected as “Artist At Sea” Science Communication Fellow on board Titanic Discoverer, Dr. Robert Ballard’s Exploration Vessel Nautilus this summer. I will be traveling in July on one leg of a 6 month-long expedition, starting in the Galápagos Islands, traveling through the Eastern Pacific towards the Baja Peninsula and ending in San Diego. A team of scientists who will be mapping out never before seen ocean floor topography along the route with a state-of-the-art multi-beam sonar mapping system connected to the hull of the ship. The data and mappings will be revealed in real time onto screens on board the ship. I will be collaborating with scientists, educators and a writer onboard to use this live feed of data to create artwork during and after the expedition. The ship is also equipped with telepresence technology with a live video and audio feed- We will be broadcast with groups all over the world while at sea. You can follow along the expedition – go to to tune in!


Write Up of “Philadelphia Freedom”

See Write up of “Philadelphia Freedom” at Philip Slein Gallery (St. Louis) in Riverfront Times

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“Philadelphia Freedom” at Philip Slein Gallery, St. Louis, MO

My work is included in a 5-person exhibition in St. Louis at Philip Slein Gallery. Opens February 27th and runs through March 28th.



A Survey of Abstract Painting Today from the City of Brotherly Love

In 1975 Bernie Taupin and Elton John wrote “Philadelphia Freedom,” their tribute to the “Philadelphia sound” made famous by the Delphonics, Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, Thom Bell, and the Spinners. The lyrics reflected the surge of patriotism anticipating our country’s upcoming 1976 Bicentennial, which had such deep roots in Philadelphia.

Forty years later we see the emergence of another group of Philadelphia artists, this time a group of abstract painters. Each asserts his or her individual voice, yet as a group they create a solid counterpoint to New York on the East Coast and Los Angeles on the West. These artists are: Charles Burwell, Tim McFarlane, Steve Riedell, Rebecca Rutstein, and Erik Spehn.

Painting in the Cradle of Liberty is as vibrant today as anywhere in the country and this exhibition hopes to raise awareness. Free from the pressures of the more traveled centers, the independence of these artists, their freedom, allows them to shine their special light.

Who: The Philip Slein Gallery
Phone: 314.361.2617
Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10am-5pm
When: Reception: Friday, February 27th, 2015 runs through March 28th
Where: 4735 McPherson Ave. Central West End
Cost: Free and open to the public.

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