Rebecca Gilbert

Printmaking / Mixed Media / Sculpture


Contact Information

704 Catharine Street
Studio A
Phiadelphia, PA 19147
e-mail: rebeccaprint@gmail.com
www.rebeccaprint.com
www.youtube.com
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Artist Statement

Drawing on symbolism collected from the natural world, I work primarily as a printmaker to create layered color woodcuts and print installations. My work is characterized by a methodical technical approach to art making and a down-to-earth recognition of my own primal cravings.

For the past several years, I have been using dirt, water, sticks, coins, and gold as imagery in my work to symbolize that which we impulsively crave, seek out, and hold valuable. My interest in representing building, digging, and exploring the natural world stems from my interest in people’s primal desires to search the world and literally, the earth for treasure, value, and fulfillment. More importantly, I am interested in the process of searching, and the ability of people to be able to notice and savor small treasures that they might find along their paths- to rethink what is valuable – what is treasure – what is beautiful and has what has worth.

Artist Bio

Rebecca Gilbert earned an MFA in Printmaking/Book Arts from The University of the Arts and a BFA in Printmaking from Marshall University. She also studied non-toxic etching at the Grafisk Eksperimentarium in Capeliera, Spain, has been an artist in residence at Jentel Foundation, and is an alumnus of Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art where she was an artist in residence for six years.

Among her most recent awards are a fellowship from The Center for Emerging Visual Artists in 2011 and a Surdna Foundation Enrichment Grant to support her exploration of wood engraving at the Augusta Heritage Center in 2013. Ms. Gilbert’s work is in many private collections and has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions regionally, nationally, and internationally. She currently teaches Printmaking and Foundations at The University of the Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art, and Fleisher Art Memorial. She lives and works in Philadelphia.

Education

2002
The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
MFA, Book Arts and Printmaking

2000
Marshall University, Huntington, WV
BFA, Printmaking

Selected Exhibitions

Solo

2012
Shine, 110 Church Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Treasure: Dirt and Stars, Birke Art Gallery, Marshall University, Huntington, WV

2011
Prospect, The Hall, Inliquid at Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2010
Raised Bed Fortune Patch, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

Lead into Gold, Pennswood Gallery, Newtown, PA

2008
Dirt Thirst, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

2007
anxiety bone nurture, Window on Broad, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2006
wishes, compliments, & a tendency toward worry, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

Two Person
2014
The Path and the Structure, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA

2013
Building Nature, Printmaking Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Group
2014
Star Wheel Printers: Making Our Mark, The Avenue Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

School of Art Faculty Exhibition, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2013
Made in Philly, Featured billboard artist, 9th and Federal, Philadelphia, PA

Well Hung, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

Slip and Score, Marguerita Hagan Studios, Philadelphia, PA

Clifton Park Works: Site Specific Installations, Clifton Park, Baltimore, MD

Featured Gallery Store Artist, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

2012
Printivale!, Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, NH

Visions and Vignettes, Artworks, Trenton, NJ

A Shared Encounter, Hongik University, Seoul, South Korea

Cutting Edge: Contemporary Paper, Visual Arts Center, Boise State University, Boise ID

Introduction 2012, Widener Foundation Gallery, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA

Heart Print, Fleisher Center for Works on Paper, Philadelphia, PA

2011
Do Your Bidding, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

Art Unleashed, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2010
Landing Place, Palacio Huerto Ruano, Lorca, Spain

Philadelphia Printmakers, Cumberland County College, Vineland, PA

Philagrafika Summer Solstice Benefit 2010, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Art to be Read, Hamilton Galleries, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

2009
Between the Sheets, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

Nexus at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA

Exotic Invasives, Wallingford Art Center, Wallingford, PA

InSitu 628, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Eileen Tognini

2008
Flipping the Bird, A Divine Convergence, MAPC, Fargo, ND; Lewis Art Gallery, Milsaps College, Jackson, MS; Print Walls Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI

Book Marks 2008, Birke Art Gallery, Huntington, WV

2007
Yummy: A celebration of Craving, Compulsion, and Culture, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

Newton’s First Law, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

Toying With Art, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

2006
Bound/Unbound, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Matched Pairs, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

2005-2006
Exhibit 2, InLiquid at the Bride, Painted Bride Art Center Café Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Exhibitions Curated

2014
Life to Line: Selected Wood Engravings, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2010
Mediterraneo/Landing Place, Gallery 224, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA and Palacio Huerto Ruano, Lorca, Spain

Extra-Dimensional Printmaking Invitational, an Independent Project of Philagrafika 2010, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

Honors and Awards

2014
Delphi Art Futures Fellowship/Residency, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

2013
Surdna Foundation Enrichment Grant, Surdna Foundation and The University of the Arts Continuing Studies Department

2012
Fellowship, Career Development Program, Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA

2011
Delphi Art Futures Fellowship/Residency, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

2004
Special Opportunity Stipend, Pennsylvania Council for the Arts

2003
Jentel Artist Residency
One-month artist residency with stipend, Banner, WY

2002
Elizabeth C. Robert Prize for Graduate Study in MFA Book Arts/Printmaking, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Work-Study Scholarship, Penland School of Crafts, NC

2000 – 2002
Fellowship, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Selected Professional Affiliations

Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Career Development Program alumna
Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Resident Artist alumna
Southern Graphics Council, Member
The Print Center, Member
Second State Press, Member, Gallery Store Artist

Selected Professional Experience

2014 – present
Adjunct Assistant Professor Foundations, 2-D Design, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

2013 – present
Adjunct Professor Printmaking, Artist’s Books, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore, MD

2012 – present
Faculty Printmaking, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

2005 – present
Senior Lecturer, Printmaking, Interdisciplinary Fine Arts Core, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

 

 

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