Rebecca Rutstein will be exhibiting work at Art Basel Miami Beach Dec 6-10, 2023. In partnership with UNESCO, Nautilus Magazine and Schmidt Ocean Institute, this exhibition will present works from Schmidt Ocean Institute’s International Artist-at-Sea program, which hosts residencies for artists to participate in ocean science aboard the Institute’s Falkor (too) Research Vessel. (Rutstein sailed with Schmidt Ocean Institute in June 2016 from Vietnam to Guam). Artists featured include Max Hooper Schneider, Taiji Terasaki, Michel Droge, Robert Stackhouse, and Rebecca Rutstein, among others.
ARTIST PANEL Friday, Dec.8, 1 – 2pm FROST MUSEUM OF SCIENCE
Join previous Artists-at-Sea Rebecca Rutstein, Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse, Lizzy Taber, Michel Droge, and special guests Runa Ray and Jane McCarthy (Taiji Terasaki Studios) in a discussion about the power of artistry intertwined with scientific inquiry. Panelists will share remarkable instances of artist engagement with research, illuminating the benefits of collaborative learning and creative interaction. The conversation is open to the public and will also be streamed live on YouTube @nautilusmag
Bridgette Mayer Gallery and Eileen Tognini Design are thrilled to announce the launch of a new mural project in Philadelphia by artist Rebecca Rutstein, at the brand new Edgewater II Apartment Complex at 23rd and Race Streets. The nearly 40 x 50 foot mural painting entitled Elemental is Rutstein’s third major mural project in Philadelphia. The dynamic design has been created to complement interior murals also by Rutstein, and is a dramatic backdrop to the outdoor courtyard and pool space, along with its proximity to the Schuylkill River, playing with facets of light and reflections on water. From the rooftop deck, visitors can view both the new mural, Elemental, and in the distance, Rutstein’s AT&T Convergence mural along the banks of the Schuylkill River.
Bridgette Mayer Gallery is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of State’s Art in Embassies Program has permanently acquired Rutstein’s painting Infinitely Visible for theU.S. Consulate in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The art collection in Chiang Mai will bring together contemporary art by U.S. and Thai artists around shared themes.
Art in Embassies (AIE) creates vital cross-cultural dialogue and fosters mutual understanding through the visual arts and dynamic artist exchanges. Seventy years ago, The Museum of Modern Art first envisioned this global visual arts program and President John F. Kennedy formalized it at the U.S. Department of State in 1963. AIE advances cultural diplomacy through artist exchanges and the presentation of works by outstanding American and international artists to audiences around the world. Going forward AIE will continue to engage, educate, and inspire global audiences, showing how art can transcend national borders and build connections among peoples.
Public Panel Event and Closing Reception: Thurs, Sept 7, 2023
2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington D.C.
—— Blue Dreams is an immersive video installation that integrates abstract imagery, deep sea video footage and computer modeling (animating a painting by Rutstein) to portray the resilience of our planet’s smallest yet most vital living systems – microbial networks. This immersive piece is meant to inspire awe and wonder at systems, processes and landscapes otherwise hidden from view, that connect us to our past and which we rely on for our own survival.
Blue Dreams was created by multidisciplinary artist Rutstein in collaboration with scientists Rika Anderson, Samantha Joye, Shayn Peirce-Cottler and Tom Skalak, through a grant from the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) Ocean Memory Project.
For more information: http://www.cpnas.org/exhibitions/
ART MEETS SCIENCE: ARTIST TALK WITH REBECCA RUTSTEIN
March 2, 2023
6pm with reception to follow
Maria & Alberto de la Cruz Gallery
Georgetown University’s Earth Commons Institute in partnership with Georgetown University Art Galleries present a talk with multidisciplinary artist Rebecca Rutstein, who works at the intersection of art, science and technology. This lecture and reception are free and open to the public.
Rutstein’s work was featured in the new book Discursive Geometry & More, published by Goldenmark in Poland. Co-author Steven Baris writes about Rutstein’s painting, Cosmic Traveler, in his discussions of line and “behavior” of interactions:
“…As metaphoric vehicles of meaning-making, these colliding constellations of lines evoke for me not a single spatial continuum but multiple, interpenetrating spaces – not a plenum affording effortless passage but one of enormous density and structural complexity, one well beyond my capacity to navigate. It is hard to know where to enter or where to go (and if I were to go, would I actually get there?). Like with any artwork, my responses vary according to my state of mind, but generally speaking, I find that these complex geometric structures offer a perfect analog to the perplexing, networked world around me – manifold interlocking “spaces” for which I am woefully unequipped to grasp, much less to navigate…”
Artist & Place is a bi-weekly podcast with artist, Kim Carlino, interviewing artists to uncover the connection between place, landscape and the creative process. This is a podcast that goes beyond the work we make to get to the why behind it and what has brought us to that why, and how a deeper look at our places of origin and memories of place can affect our work. These conversations meander and explore many territories that will illuminate and inspire.
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Department of Art & Design
Montclair State University, New Jersey
Rutstein has been invited as a visiting artist to Montclair State University to speak about her work. She will be part of the Art Forum Speaker series in the Department of Art & Design featuring professional notable artists, designers, historians and critics.
Zohlner Art Center / Lehigh University Art Galleries
Lehigh University’s Art & Climate Change First Year Seminar visiting artist lecture series discusses the intersection between art and climate change and the important role of contemporary visual artists’ creative practice. The event is sponsored by Art Architecture and Design, College of Arts and Sciences, Earth & Environmental Science, and Lehigh University Art Galleries.
This event is part of LUAG’s Art in Dialogue, a series of interdisciplinary conversations between members of the university and the wider community – reflecting the ways in which their work is dynamically engaged with other fields of inquiry.
Funded by the National Science Foundation, Rutstein was invited to participate as an artist in residence on board the University of Hawaii’s R/V Kilo Moana with a science team led by Christopher German from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in January 2023. The group explored the Kama’ehukanaloa submarine volcano off the coast of the Big Island, 1000 meters below the ocean’s surface. The purpose of the expedition was to observe potential volcanic activity and gain a deeper understanding of the geology, chemistry and microbiological systems at play.
This was Rutstein’s 7th expedition at sea. The paintings she created on the ship and back in her studio will be part of upcoming exhibitions at James Madison University and Oregon State University in the spring/summer/fall 2023.
Opening Reception: Friday, Nov 18, 6-9pm; Artist Talk at 6:30pm
Space Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition, Rebecca Rutstein: Out of Thin Air, on view Nov 18 through January 7, 2023. This exhibition of new paintings was created through Rutstein’s collaboration with NASA-funded planetary geologist Dr. Julia Cartwright from the University of Alabama, through support from the Collaborative Arts Research Initiative. It was first exhibited at the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art at the University of Alabama.
Lazaro Cardeña Canyon and Galapagos Seamounts are now in the collection of Microsoft. Rutstein created these 10×30″ paintings as part of a series while on board the Nautilus Exploration Vessel sailing from the Galapagos Islands to San Diego, funded by Ocean Exploration Trust. She joined a science team as a Science Communication Fellow and Artist at Sea, integrating multi-beam sonar data of the ocean floor into her works.
Vesta’s Matrix is now in the permanent collection of the University of Alabama. This 36×36″ painting was recently on view at the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art as part of Rutstein’s Out of Thin Air exhibition.
Since 1950, the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, supported by The University of Alabama’s College of Arts and Sciences, has collected works on paper, photography, prints, paintings, and small sculpture. The gallery regularly presents exhibitions from this permanent collection. The collection is both a permanent asset and a teaching tool. Now constituting one of the best institutional collections in Alabama, it also illustrates the passing currents that keep the visual arts a vital and incisive record of contemporary history.
“One of the newest works to enter the collection at the Georgia Museum of Art is also one of the most popular. Rebecca Rutstein’s wall-mounted sculpture “Shimmer” has been greeting visitors to the museum since 2018 and immediately became a popular selfie stop.
Rutstein is both an award-winning artist and an ocean explorer. In 2018, she served as UGA’s Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding, embarking on a deep-sea expedition slash artist’s residency with a team of scientists led by UGA’s Samantha Joye.
“Shimmer” is a 64-foot-long steel sculpture inspired by bioluminescent creatures in the ocean’s depths. Walk past one of its sensors and the sculpture comes alive with light, as though microscopic animals have detected a predator. It’s not only beautiful; it’s a great example of how science and art can work together to communicate new information.”
Dr. Julia Cartwright and Rebecca Rutstein have been awarded a visual arts grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts to further their Art/Science collaboration. The grant also includes matching funds from the University of Alabama, and will support future research efforts, exhibition opportunities, and public/community outreach to include a focus on secondary school students within the Tuscaloosa area in 2022-23.
Public Lecture: Thurs, Sept 8, 3:30pm, Gorgas Library
Artist reception: Thurs, Sept 8, 5 – 7pm, Sarah Moody Gallery
The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art and the Collaborative Arts Research Initiative (CARI) are proud to present the exhibition, Rebecca Rutstein: Out of Thin Air: Microscopic Journeys Through Cosmic Landscapes. The exhibition is the result of a collaboration between Rutstein and Dr. Julia Cartwright, a NASA-funded planetary scientist and UA Department of Geological Sciences assistant professor Dr. Julia Cartwright, facilitated by the Collaborative Arts Research Initiative, where Dr. Cartwright is a Fellow.
Bridgette Mayer Gallery and Eileen Tognini Design are thrilled to announce the completion of ELECTRIC, a new mural in Philadelphia by artist Rebecca Rutstein, at The LVL North located at 510 N. Broad Street (Broad and Spring Garden Streets). The mural marks a significant gateway on the North Broad Street corridor that includes Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy High School, renowned Rodeph Shalom Synagogue, historic Divine Lorraine Hotel, artist studios, restaurants and the neighboring Community College of Philadelphia. Adorning the facade of this brand new mixed-use building developed by Alterra Property Group, the nearly 30 foot by 106 foot wall is Rutstein’s second major mural project in Philadelphia. The dynamic and colorful design has been created to complement the interior narrative, and is a contemporary counterpoint to the classic murals surrounding the area, capturing the energy of this burgeoning neighborhood north of City Hall.
Rebecca Rutstein, Salish Sea Series IX, 60×60″ painting purchased by the University of Washington
The University of Washington purchased Salish Sea Series IX to be on permanent display in the School of Oceanography. The acquisition recognizes Rutstein’s ongoing collaboration with the Ocean Memory Project and UW Professor Jody Deming, including an expedition off the coast of Washington on UW’s R/V Rachel Carson in 2019.
Extended Gallery hours and artist reception: Friday, Feb 4th, 5 – 7:30pm
Featuring 22 new large and small scale paintings and sculpture, this exhibition marks Rutstein’s 8th solo show at Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia, and her first in six years. Building upon her recent collaborations with molecular scientists in a biotech lab and microbiologists at sea, these paintings are a coalescing of influences exploring hidden networks and matrices…within our bodies, in the ocean, and beyond. Also broadly inspired by the geology, skies and hues from a seminal trip to Alaska in 2021, this series looks at fractal patterns, and the connectivity – and disruptions – of systems in the natural environment.