Rebecca Rutstein Virtual Seminar


Rebecca Rutstein in her studio. Image credit: Rebecca McAlpin

Last week, we were delighted to welcome visual artist Rebecca Rutstein as a visiting speaker for a special seminar entitled “The intersection of Art and Science”.

Rebecca Rutstein is an award-winning, multidisciplinary artist whose work spans painting, sculpture, interactive installation and public art. Rutstein creates work at the intersection of art, science and technology. She is passionate about creating visual experiences that shed light on the natural world, forging a dialogue about stewardship in the face of climate change. She has been an artist-in-residence at locations around the world, including six expeditions at sea and two dives to the ocean floor in the Alvin submersible. Her collaborations with scientists have 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, a Philadelphia Foundation Grant, a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant, is an MIT Ocean Discovery Fellow, and was recently named the Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding. To read more about Rutstein and to see her work, go to

Rebecca Rutstein’s Shimmer Installation
Dr. Julia Cartwright in the Cartwright Cosmochemistry Lab

During her seminar, she talked about her experience bridging the arts and sciences, and her previous collaborations and exhibitions. Rutstein is collaborating with Assistant Professor and CARI fellow Dr. Julia Cartwright (Geological Sciences), and will touch on the research that they have planned.

If you weren’t able to make it to the seminar, you can view it here on the Arts & Sciences vimeo page!

The event was sponsored by CARI and the Department of Geological Sciences.