A Philadelphia-based artist whose work spans painting, installation and sculpture, Rebecca Rutstein explores geometric abstraction with a vision inspired by science and scientific data. Rutstein has been an Artist-in-Residence in Iceland, Hawaii, the Canadian Rockies and Vermont. Most recently, she was an Artist at Sea aboard Exploration Vessel Nautilus where she collaborated with scientists mapping out never-before-seen ocean floor topography from the Galápagos Islands to California, and on the Research Vessel Falkor where she created art alongside scientists exploring uncharted territory from Vietnam to Guam.
Rutstein has exhibited widely in galleries, museums, and institutions, and has received numerous awards including a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, Pew Professional Development Grant, Science Communication Fellowship (Ocean Exploration Trust), Independence Foundation Fellowship and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grants. She has garnered recent attention through radio interviews on NPR and Hawaii Public Radio, and with features in Vice Magazine, Huffington Post, Philadelphia Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer, Artblog, Fresh Paint Magazine and New American Paintings. Her work can be found in many public collections including Johns Hopkins Hospital, Nordstrom, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Ocean Exploration Trust, and Temple University, where she recently completed her first permanent, outdoor public art commission. Rebecca Rutstein holds a BFA (Magna Cum Laude) from Cornell University (with abroad study in Rome, Italy) and an MFA from University of Pennsylvania. She has been a visiting artist at Universities across the country and conducted ship-to-shore outreach with museums world-wide.
---Video About Rebecca's Process
---Article from VICE's Creator's Project
---Article on Huffington Post