OCEAN SCIENCES MEETING
SAN DIEGO CONVENTION CENTER
FEB 16-21, 2020
Rutstein is attending and exhibiting works she created at sea on the Falkor Research Vessel with Schmidt Ocean Institute at the San Diego Convention Center, in conjunction with the Ocean Sciences Meeting (OSM).
OSM is the flagship conference for the ocean sciences and the larger ocean-connected community. With the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development beginning in 2021, this gathering of the scientific community will address raising public awareness of the truly global dimension of the ocean, environmental challenges, and set forth on a path towards a resilient planet.
At the October 29th dedication of the AT&T Mural, Philadelphia City Council awarded Rutstein a “City of Philadelphia Resolution Recognizing and Honoring her for her Dedicated Service through Art to the City of Philadelphia” on behalf of her new mural on the AT&T building in Philadelphia.
Artist Rebecca Rutstein works on her mural Convergence, July 12, 2019. Photo by Steve Weinik.
Rutstein is partnering with Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program, the Bridgette Mayer Gallery, and AT&T, to create a 63 x 124′ mural on the AT&T Building in Philadelphia. “Convergence” will be seen from the Schuylkill River Trail and Banks Boardwalk, South Street Bridge, Schuylkill Expressway, and beyond into West Philadelphia.
JANE GOLDEN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF MURAL ARTS PHILADELPHIA:
“I am a wall hunter. I notice great walls in our city. The AT&T walls, rise above the river, above the new boardwalk, above our city. It was the perfect canvas for a work of art. So we are excited to say, in partnership with AT&T, Mural Arts is bringing this major work of public art by Rebecca Rutstein to Philadelphia. This building, through the magic of art, will be completely transformed from something unremarkable to an image of great beauty that captures the movement of the river, the lines of the boardwalk and the essence of the city.”
BRIDGETTE MAYER, DIRECTOR OF BRIDGETTE MAYER GALLERY:
“The gallery is thrilled to announce Rebecca Rutstein’s first public mural creation in Philadelphia. Ms. Rutstein will begin creating her large wrap-around mural at the AT&T building on the Schuylkill River Trail this week. This project has been underway for the past two years and now the City of Philadelphia and its residents will get to have this talented artist’s vibrant creation to enjoy along the waterfront! We are proud of Rebecca’s hard work and accomplishments leading to the culmination of this important project.”
“CONVERGENCE” WAS LAUNCHED JUNE 25TH, AND WILL BE COMPLETE WITH A RIBBON CUTTING IN OCTOBER. “I’m thrilled to be contributing to the vibrant mural scene in Philadelphia, and to be creating something new in our city’s landscape. I have called Philadelphia home for most of my life, and it is a real honor to have my first, large-scale mural come to life so prominently along the banks of the Schuylkill River. I hope it will be enjoyed by the community for years to come, and I am thankful to the Mural Arts Program, AT&T and Bridgette Mayer Gallery for all of their support.”
– Rebecca Rutstein, 2019
Rutstein was invited to participate in the 2018 National Ocean Exploration forum at MIT Media Labs as an Ocean Discovery Fellow that brought scientists and creatives together to talk about conservation and ways to inspire and connect people with the ocean. She gave a lightning talk on her exhibition on view at the Georgia Museum of Art. People as diverse as Steven Gould, sci fi writer working with James Cameron on the sequel to Avatar, and Nainoa Thompson, head of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, came together to collectively brainstorm on how to imagine a bright future for the ocean and our planet, and how we can engage the public in environmental stewardship.
Rebecca Rutstein has been awarded the 2018-19 Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding at the University of Georgia and will present a solo exhibition: Out of the Darkness: Light in the Depths of the Sea of Cortez at the Georgia Museum of Art.
Rutstein’s year-long appointment as the Delta Visiting Chair includes an expedition to Mexico’s Guaymas Basin in the Sea of Cortez, and a trip to the ocean floor aboard the Alvin submersible vessel, to explore hydrothermal vents, microbiology and carbon cycling processes with renowned oceanographer and University of Georgia Professor, Samantha Joye. The exceedingly rare opportunity for an artist to be invited onboard the 2-person (plus pilot) submarine, is an honor and lifelong dream come true for Rutstein. She will set up her studio aboard the R/V Atlantis and create new works inspired by this unique experience and with data being collected.
Rutstein’s exhibition at the Georgia Museum of Art will feature a 64-foot long interactive steel sculptural installation that contains reactive LED lights that mimic the movements of the viewer. The sculpture is influenced by hydrocarbon structures and bioluminescence present in Guaymas Basin. The exhibition also features a 22-foot tall painting, Progenitor, inspired by Rutstein’s descent 2,200 meters to the ocean floor at Guaymas Basin. Among other works, she will exhibit a large banner mural at the Lamar Dodd School of Art.
Rutstein will participate in lectures, panels and public engagements in Georgia throughout the year, including at the upcoming a2Ru 2018 national conference, “Arts Environments: Design, Resilience, and Sustainability” hosted by University of Georgia, Nov 1-3.
ABOUT THE AWARD:
The Delta Visiting Chair, established by University of Georgia’s Willson Center through the support of The Delta Air Lines Foundation, hosts outstanding global scholars, intellectuals and artists who engage with the UGA community. Through lectures, seminars and programs, they present global problems by addressing pressing contemporary questions about the economy, society, and the environment with a focus on how the arts can impact major contemporary issues. Its first honoree was Alice Walker in 2015.
The chair is founded upon the legacy of the Delta Prize for Global Understanding, which from 1997-2011 was presented to individuals – including Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Desmond Tutu, and Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter – whose initiatives promoted world peace by advancing understanding and cooperation among cultures and nations. For more information:https://deltachair.uga.edu/
Work created on the Falkor Research Vessel continues to travel in 2018 following exhibitions at venues including the Bishop Museum (HI), Portland Convention Center, San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival (CA), Monterrey Bay Research Institute, and America’s Cup in Bermuda.
Rutstein gave a talk on her work at Schmidt Ocean Institute’s “Sail Newport” exhibition opening in October, 2017. Photo by Silken Photography
Rutstein is invited to a second art/science workshop on Ocean Memory at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, March 4-10, 2018. This workshop is funded by the National Academy of Sciences / Keck Futures Initiative.
Since its inception in 1979, the Djerassi Program has hosted over 2300 artists and scientists for residencies on a rustic and remote landscape in Northern California.
Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia is pleased to announce that The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum has added two Rebecca Rutstein works from 2017 to their collection. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is a museum and art school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1805 and is the first and oldest art museum and art school in the United States. Bridgette Mayer commented: “Rebecca and I are thrilled to have her works grace the collection of PAFA’s museum and be able to be shared by a broader audience. Rebecca has been working and exhibiting in Philadelphia and beyond for twenty years and this is a very exciting moment for her.” For more information on Rutstein’s work please visit www.bridgettemayergallery.com
Funded by the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative
Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington, Sept 19 – 25, 2017
Rutstein is invited to be a participant in an Artist/Scientist Collaborative Workshop called “Ocean Memory” at University of Washington’s, Friday Harbor Laboratories, on San Juan Island off the Pacific Coast.
The collective goal will be to reach across wildly divergent scientific and artistic practices to broaden understanding and awareness of all ways in which the ocean, especially the deep ocean, may retain and express memory.
The program has been developed by:
Tim Broderick / Wright State Research Institute
Daniel Kohn / Artist, Kohn Workshop
Alyson Santoro / Marine Microbiology, University of California at Santa Barbara
Jody Deming / Marine Microbiology, University of Washington
Margot Knight / Director, Djerassi Artist Residency
This international exhibition organized by Art & Science Collaborations, Inc., asks artists and scientists to help create a new public perception of OCEAN by sharing creative visions of our deep connections to her, the health issues she faces and/or possible solutions, and feelings she inspires in us.
Artist at Sea: Traveling Exhibition with Schmidt Ocean Institute
August 29–September 29, 2017
Work created on the Falkor Research Vessel is on view at the Bishop Museum following exhibitions at the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival, Monterrey Bay Aquarium, and America’s Cup in Bermuda. The exhibition will continue to Newport, Rhode Island in October, and then to Scripps Ocean Institute in San Diego.