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Visiting Artist Rebecca Rutstein

Rebecca Rutstein will discuss how she interweaves scientific themes in her work and her experiences as an artist-at-sea on the E/V Nautilus, R/V Atlantis and R/V Falkor.  She will present examples from recent collaborations with scientists, future projects, and her broader goal of engaging the public.  Some sample paintings are on display at the Narragansett Bay Campus, Ocean Science & Exploration Center in the Nautilus Cafe.

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Bio: Artist and part ocean explorer, Rebecca Rutstein – whose work spans painting, sculpture, interactive installation and public art – creates work at the intersection of art, science and technology. With interests in geology, microbiology and marine science, Rutstein is passionate about creating visual and interactive experiences that shed light on places and processes hidden from view, forging a dialogue about environmental stewardship in the face of climate change. Rutstein has been an artist-in-residence on land and aboard research vessels around the world, including expeditions on the E/V Nautilus, R/V Falkor, and R/V Atlantis, and two dives to the ocean floor in the Alvin submersible. Her collaborations with scientists through residencies and workshops has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Academies of Science / Keck Futures Initiative, Ocean Exploration Trust and Schmidt Ocean Institute. Rutstein has received the prestigious Pew Fellowship in the Arts, an Independence Foundation Fellowship, was named an MIT Ocean Discovery Fellow, and was recently awarded the Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding; an award given to leading global scholars and creative thinkers who conceive and produce ground breaking work at the University of Georgia, including a year-long solo exhibition at the Georgia Museum of Art. Rutstein’s work has been featured on NPR and in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post and Vice Magazine. Her work can be found in public collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Temple University, Johns Hopkins Hospital, AT&T and Delta Airlines. Rutstein holds a BFA from Cornell University and an MFA from University of Pennsylvania. She has been a visiting artist at museums and universities across the country and enjoys speaking about the intersection of art and science. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Narragansett Bay Campus, Coastal Institute Auditorium 218 South Ferry Road

Event Type

Exhibit, Lecture


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