Lecture: Rebecca Rutstein

This Delta Visiting Chair event is presented in partnership with the Get Artistic initiative of Creature Comforts Brewing Co. in Athens. Rebecca Rutstein, the 2018-2019 Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding, will give a public talk about establishing and sustaining a career as a visual artist.

Rutstein’s work spans painting, sculpture, installation, and public art and explores abstraction inspired by science, data, and maps. This event is in conjunction with her second visit to UGA this academic year following her keynote discussion at November’s national conference of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru). On March 28 Rutstein will again give a public presentation with the widely known oceanographer Samantha Joye, Athletic Association Professor in Arts and Sciences in the department of marine sciences at UGA.

Since Rutstein’s November visit, she and Joye have completed an expedition to Mexico’s Guaymas Basin in the Sea of Cortez that included a deep sea dive aboard Alvin, a submersible vessel able to withstand the crushing pressure of the extremes of the deep ocean. While scientists explored hydrothermal vents and carbon cycling processes in the basin, Rutstein set up her studio on the ship and created new works inspired by the data collected in real time.

Rutstein’s 64-foot-long interactive sculptural installation with laser cut steel and LED lights, and a monumental four-part painting, remain installed at the Georgia Museum of Art through October, 2019. A mural-sized banner is also on display at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. The sculpture, with its hexagonal forms and reactive lighting, and the shapes present in the paintings were inspired by the hydrocarbon structures and bioluminescence present in Guaymas Basin.

In the process of creating works inspired by geology, microbiology and marine science, Rutstein has previously collaborated with scientists aboard research vessels sailing from the Galápagos Islands to California, Vietnam to Guam, and in the waters surrounding Tahiti. Prior to her expedition with Joye, she made her first descent in Alvin to the ocean floor off of the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica with a team of scientists from Temple University in October 2018.

Rutstein has exhibited widely in museums, institutions and galleries, and has received numerous awards including the prestigious Pew Fellowship in the Arts. She has held more than 25 solo exhibitions at venues across the United States.

This is the first Get Artistic community enrichment lecture and Creature Comforts will tap a special keg to celebrate.

Get Artistic is Creature Comforts’ community impact program to support the arts in Georgia. The brewery’s downtown Athens taproom regularly hosts exhibitions, performances, and various enrichment opportunities for the local arts community. Through specific beer brands, merchandise, exhibited art, and events, the Get Artistic program ultimately raises funds to support artists and arts-focused nonprofits through strategic grants aimed to help artists continue their work and sustain their livelihood.

Wednesday, March 27 at 4:00pm

Creature Comforts Brewing Co. 271 W Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601

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