News2022-09-15T21:03:36+00:00

OUT OF THIN AIR TRAVELS TO SPACE GALLERY IN DENVER

REBECCA RUTSTEIN: OUT OF THIN AIR
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Nov 18 – December 31, 2022

Opening Reception: Friday, Nov 18, 6-9pm; Artist Talk at 6:30pm

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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.

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SPACE GALLERY
400 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO

MICROSOFT ACQUIRES TWO RUTSTEIN PAINTINGS

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.

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA ACQUIRES RUTSTEIN PAINTING

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.

SHIMMER SCULPTURE FEATURED ON GEORGIA’S WUGA RADIO

 

“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.”

CARTWRIGHT & RUTSTEIN AWARDED GRANT FROM ALABAMA STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS

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.

SOLO EXHIBITION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

Mars 1 | 36x36 | acrylic & spray paint on canvas

REBECCA RUTSTEIN: OUT OF THIN AIR

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Sept 8 – October 14, 2022

Public Lecture: Thurs, Sept 8, 3:30pm, Gorgas Library
Artist reception: Thurs, Sept 8, 5 – 7pm, Sarah Moody Gallery

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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.

Read complete press release here:

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Sarah Moody Gallery of Art
103 Garland Hall
University of Alabama
for more information: wtdooley@ua.edu

NEW PUBLIC MURAL COMPLETED ON BROAD STREET IN PHILADELPHIA

The Making of 'Electric' Time Lapse

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.

 

THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON ACQUIRES RUTSTEIN PAINTING

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.

 

SOLO EXHIBITION AT BRIDGETTE MAYER GALLERY

 

REBECCA RUTSTEIN: NEXUS

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Feb 1 – March 19, 2022

Extended Gallery hours and artist reception: Friday, Feb 4th, 5 – 7:30pm

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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.

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Bridgette Mayer Gallery
709 Walnut Street
Philadephia, PA
for more information: bmayer@bmayerart.com

‘THE SHAPING OF AMERICA’ AT THE PAINTING CENTER IN NEW YORK

THE SHAPING OF AMERICA: A PAINTER’S PERSPECTIVE

January 4 – 29, 2022

‘The Shaping of America’ features the work of ten women artists embodying the tradition of negotiating space, translating lived experience into abstract painted form, and pivoting our understanding of the American Landscape. The artists and their work illustrate that landscapes cannot be interpreted without considering the connections artists have to memory, experience, and ownership. The exhibition was formerly on view in 2019 at AnnMarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center in Solomon, Maryland. A catalog with an essay titled ‘Shaping of America: Medium-Specificity as Passive-Aggressive Resistance’ was written by Art Historian Vittorio Colaizzi. Artists include: Pam Cardwell, Janis Goodman, Cecily Kahn, Ying Li, Kayla Mohammadi, Deirdre Murphy, Carrie Patterson, Jennifer Printz, Rebecca Rutstein and Kendra Wadsworth.

 

The Painting Center
547 W. 27th Street, Suite 500
New York, NY
thepaintingcenter.org

NEW EXHIBITION & LECTURE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

 

JOURNEYS THROUGH WATER

Art inspired by a multi-disciplinary research cruise aboard the University of Washington’s R/V Rachel Carson
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Nov 17, 2021 thru June 15, 2022

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After an 18-month postponement due to COVID-19, Rutstein will travel to the University of Washington as a visiting artist and have an exhibition of paintings created through her collaboration on board the R/V Rachel Carson in the Salish Sea (October 2019) with marine microbiologist Jody Deming (Karl M. Banse Professor, UW Oceanography) and the Ocean Memory Project.

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Interdepartmental Artist Lecture followed by Reception: Wed Nov 17, 3:30 – 6pm

Part of the Banse Seminar Series
University of Washington
Ocean Sciences Building
Seattle, WA

RUTSTEIN INTERVIEWED ON NPR/WITF RADIO ‘SMART TALK’ 

“Artist Rebecca Rutstein is well-known for her large scale public mural Convergence prominently featured on the AT&T building along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. For her most recent work, Rutstein is taking a “smaller” approach. Her exhibition, titled Socius at the Science Center presents the culmination of Rutstein’s three month BioArt Residency at the biotechnology company Integral Molecular in early 2021.
Rebecca Rutstein joins Smart Talk to discuss how her work intersects science and technology.”
LISTEN TO THE RADIO INTERVIEW HERE: https://www.witf.org/2021/08/09/185919/

PODCAST INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTOPHER PLANT AT RADIO KISMET

“Three time guest Rebecca Rutstein shares the arc of her career that includes gigantic wall murals in Philadelphia, deep dives in Alvin submarines on oceanographic explorations and massive steel wall sculptures in public collections. Of particular note is Rebecca’s show at the Philadelphia Science Center in a collaboration with Pennsylvania Philharmonic  to “sonify” COVID-19 data for a new installation. Rebecca is always on the move and one of the most dynamic artists in Philadelphia.”

RUTSTEIN ON WITF/NPR

Rutstein was invited on the morning show Smart Talk to talk about her work on a segment about the arts reopening this summer in Pennsylvania.
You can listen to the entire segment here.
(interview is at min 24:00 – 28:52)

SOUND EXPERIMENTS AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY
Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics
Rutstein contributed an audio composition for a concert entitled “Sound as Ocean Memory”, part of the Ocean Memory Project, an organization funded by the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative.
The April 9th concert was the culmination of an interdisciplinary workshop, “Sound as Ocean Memory” that took place in March 2021, led by Jonathan Berger (The Denning Family Provostial Professor in Music at Stanford), Timothy Weaver (Biomedia artist, microbiologist and bioenvironmental engineer) & Heather Spence (Marine biologist and sound artist). This workshop focused on the potential of sound in capturing and expressing ocean memories and included musicians, data and sound artists, marine scientists, neuroscientists, and others. “Sound plays a significant role in formulating and preserving memory through its ability to communicate non-verbally with meaning and affect. The inherent temporal nature of sound allows for the representation of processes on multiple time scales.”
You can listen to the concert here.

PODCAST INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTOPHER PLANT AT RADIO KISMET

“On this episode of Live at RADIOKISMET, Rebecca Rutstein joins as a guest. Rebecca is a Philly-based artist whose work blends art, science and technology. She’s spent time collaborating with scientists by going on expeditions at sea in different locations around the world. Rebecca discusses her many adventures from her residency in Iceland to studying geology at Cornell. She currently has a sculpture at The Bower, a native garden and sculpture park in Central PA. Rebecca is now preparing for an expedition on the Atlantis research vessel taking place next year.”

Listen to the podcast here.

RUTSTEIN GIVES ARTIST TALK AT THE SCIENCE CENTER

imageOn April 15th, Rutstein gave a virtual talk on her work, public art projects and collaborations with scientists including her recent residency at the UC Science Center in Philadelphia.
You can watch a recording of the presentation here.

Painting Commission Completed for Bower Sculpture Park

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The Bower Sculpture Park, located in Central Pennsylvania, is a sanctuary, a quiet place for contemplation to enjoy the beauty and coexistence of art and nature. The painting, Sanctuary, was designed and created to be housed within this idyllic sanctuary structure at the Bower, to tell the story of geologic forces through the medium of paint. Working with elevation data of the region, and deploying painting techniques that capture energy and movement, Sanctuary highlights the dramatic bends and folds of the Appalachian Mountains as they course through Central Pennsylvania. Through color, scale and imagery, Sanctuary is meant to coexist within its natural surroundings as a meditation on nature and memory.

Rutstein also has two other permanent public works on view at the Bower Sculpture Park. The Bower Sculpture Park and Native Gardens opens to the public on May 1st. To make a reservation visit thegardenbower.com

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