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

“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


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

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



Studio Tour Hosted by Art Blog

Art Blog hosted a reception and tour at Rutstein’s Philadelphia studio and a site visit to her public art project at Temple University in November, 2016.artblog


Artist Lecture at Massachusetts School

Rutstein spoke with two 8th grade advanced science classes in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, about her work, STEAM and the intersection of art and science, and her experiences at sea.



Video Exhibition at Exploratorium

eploratorium “HIDDEN LANDSCAPES”
The Museum of Science, Art and Human Perception
San Francisco, CA

On view starting June 18, 2016

This digital exhibition by Rebecca Rutstein highlights new works including paintings and video footage from her Artist-at-Sea Residency on the Exploration Vessel Nautilus as it sailed from the Galápagos Islands to California. Rutstein created paintings in the wet lab, incorporating never-before-seen sonar mapping data of the ocean floor as it was captured in real-time.

This exhibition also features a video animation, a new endeavor for Rutstein. The animation reveals a hidden world beneath the Galápagos Islands using seafloor data of the Galápagos rift zone captured by the E/V Nautilus’ multibeam sonar technology. The viewer “flies” through this ethereal landscape, dipping into submarine canyons and and coasting over ridges. During this virtual journey the gridlines of data seem to disintegrate and reorganize, creating an abstract and compelling visceral experience. This animation was a collaboration between Rutstein and Onni Irish, a Master of Science in Ocean Mapping from the University of New Hampshire.




Rutstein Selected for New Artist-at-Sea Residency in Vietnam

art-at-sea-ship Rutstein has been selected to travel aboard research vessel Falkor for her second “Artist-at-Sea” residency in late June 2016. With the goal of making people rethink the way marine science is shared and breaking down the complexities of ocean research, Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI) recently launched their Artist-at-Sea program, and Rutstein is the third to participate.

Rutstein will sail from Nha Trang, Vietnam, in the South China Sea, to Guam, part of the Mariana Islands, located in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean. The Mariana Archipelago borders the deepest feature of the ocean, the Mariana Trench. Rutstein will create paintings in the wet lab of the ship during her time at sea, incorporating mapping data and other research collected from the region.

You can follow along the journey with blog entries HERE and the ship’s status HERE

Rutstein will also participate in a ship-to-shore communication open to the public to discuss her work on the Falkor on June 27th at 7pm EDT. You can watch the live stream on YouTube HERE or join the GOOGLE HANGOUT ON AIR HERE


VIEW full press release here

Rutstein Gives Lecture at Philadelphia-Area High School

Rutstein gave a talk in May, 2016, to a group of high school students in STEM and ART programs at a Philadelphia-area High School about the evolution of her art, the intersection of art and science, and her experience on the Nautilus as an Artist-at-Sea in 2015.


Hawaiian Radio Show Interviews Rebecca Rutstein

radio-logo-KHNR Rutstein was interviewed on a state-wide Hawaiian radio show called “All Things Marine” about her process, creating work at sea inspired by mapping data, and her upcoming residency on the R/V Falkor.

“All Things Marine” is a popular talk radio show based in Honolulu that highlights marine science and conservation, and is sponsored by COSEE Island Earth and the University of Hawaii Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology.

Hear a recording of the interview here (Rutstein’s interview starts at minute 44)

Rutstein Featured at Ocean Sciences Conference

Rutstein’s work on the E/V Nautilus was presented at the Ocean Sciences Conference in New Orleans in February, 2016, by Ocean Exploration Trust, and published in the accompanying supplement. This biannual conference was attended by 4,000 people.

ocean conference

Painting Auction to Benefit Nautilus Program

Rutstein has donated a painting that will be sold at a fundraising event in June on Robert Ballard’s E/V Nautilus, with full proceeds going to Ocean Exploration Trust’s Nautilus program and future ocean exploration.

For more information or if interested in purchase, please contact Bridgette Mayer at