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!


“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.

Art Miami 2014

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I am pleased to be exhibiting at Bridgette Mayer Gallery’s Booth A46 at:


December 2-7, 2014​

Art Miami is the leading international contemporary and modern art fair that takes place each December during Art Week at the Midtown Miami complex in the renowned Wynwood Arts District. It is one of the most important annual contemporary art events in the United States, attracting more than 72,500 motivated collectors, curators, museum professionals and art enthusiasts from around the globe during Art Week 2013. Entering its 25th edition, Art Miami remains committed to showcasing the most important artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries in collaboration with a selection of the world’s most respected galleries. ​

Participating Artists: Neil Anderson, Charles Burwell, German Gomez, Radcliffe Bailey, Howard Hodgkin, Robert Rauschenberg, Federico Herrero, Ryan McGinness, Eileen Neff, Stuart Netsky, Paul Oberst, Graeme Todd, Rebecca Rutstein and Auguste Rodin


Art San Francisco


Bridgette Mayer Gallery will be featuring my paintings and sculpture at the Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco, an upcoming International Contemporary Art Fair.

Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco (Art SV/SF) is Art Miami’s new International Contemporary and Modern Art Fair on the West Coast opening October 9-12, 2014. Centrally located between Silicon Valley and San Francisco, the fair is proud to present 75 highly respected international galleries and art institutions from France, Italy, Germany, England, The Netherlands, Finland, South Korea, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Venezuela, China, Austria, Argentina and The United States.

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2014 Benefit Exhibition for BalletX

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On view: September 5 – October 3, 2014

Opening Reception: September 5, 2014 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

On view will be 220 artists with over 400 works! I am exhibiting some new mixed media panels.
Proceeds will benefit BalletX, a contemporary Philadelphia dance company.

Review of “Young and Fun: Abstraction” at Bridgette Mayer Gallery


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Young and Fun: Abstraction at Bridgette Mayer Gallery

By lauren findlay July 18, 2014

Bridgette Mayer Gallery celebrated its 13th year this June with a colorful group show that included some of contemporary art’s biggest up-and-coming artists–Arden Bendler Browning, Clara Fialho, Federico Herrero, Nathan Pankratz, Rebecca Rutstein, Graeme Todd, and Laura Watt.

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Book Interview

I was recently interviewed by Ken Steinbeck, Professor of Art at Bethel University in Minneapolis, for a book he is writing on the Creative Process for Visual Artists. His research involves interviewing a series of high functioning artists with questions about the practices that support their creative work. I was honored to be included in the book. We had a great talk, and it was interesting to look back and see what has kept me driven and excited to be in the studio through the years.

Stay tuned for more details on the completion and release of the book!


Art Miami

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My paintings and sculpture will be featured at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery booth at Art Miami.

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Rutstein Featured in Huffington Post: 2013

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Rebecca Rutstein Explores Where Life And Geology Intersect With ‘Deep Rift’


Rebecca Rutstein’s amorphous paintscapes could be categorized of maps, yet the undulating forms track human relationships more than any existing land mass. The Philadelphia-based artist creates self-made abstractions of lands that never were, tracking the parallels between geographical forms and the human experience.

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Rowan University Exhibition

Rowan University Art Gallery
November 21 – December 21, 2013

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, November 21, 5:30 – 7pm

Tish Ingersoll
Emily Brett Lukens
Tim McFarlane
Rebecca Rutstein
Tremain Smith
Robert Solomon
Douglas Witmer

-curated by Robert Solomon


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