Rebecca Schultz

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Artist's Biography

Rebecca Schultz is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Elkins Park, PA. Her creative practice includes painting, drawing, and printmaking; installation and performance; and public art. After 20 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, making performance art, community-based theater, and participatory installations, Rebecca moved back to her home state of Pennsylvania in 2016. Since then, she has had solo exhibitions at InLiquid, NoBa Artspace, and the Da Vinci Art Alliance. Her work has been included in juried exhibitions at Site: Brooklyn, Perkins Center for the Arts, 3rd Street Gallery, the Philadelphia Sketch Club, and the Shenandoah Valley Center for the Arts, among others. Rebecca is currently working on her second mural commission with Mural Arts, to be installed in June 2020. She has been awarded residencies in Ontario Canada, Iceland, Wyoming, and Ireland, and is a 2019-2020 resident artist at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts. She is a member of local arts groups InLiquid, Da Vinci Art Alliance, and Artessa Alliance. Rebecca holds a BFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design and an MA in Education, with a concentration in Community-Based Arts Education, from San Francisco State University.

Artist's Statement

My creative practice has two primary manifestations: two-dimensional works, including drawing, printmaking, painting, and collage; and participatory, community-engaged installation and performance.

My drawings, paintings, and prints express and process my love of, and fear for, the natural world. Witnessing the degradation of the environment evokes both an existential sadness and a reminder to deeply see the beauty that is around me and accept that it is constantly changing. My current focus on rock formations began during my residency in Iceland in 2017. I was initially attracted to their forms and lines, which introduced me to new modes of mark-making and composition; but there is also a personal and emotional element at play. Making landscape art is my response to the deep ecological grief I feel, which I cope with by reflecting on impermanence. Rocks seem so immutable, but they are formed by some of the most dynamic and elemental processes on our planet. The timescale of their evolution invites contemplation of what they have witnessed and what they will experience as our planet continues to change. Many of the rock formations featured in my paintings were formed millions, if not billions, of years before humans, and will most certainly outlive us. They invite me to step back and see the immense continuum that we are only a small part of.

My public and participatory work has largely focused on pluralistic projects aimed at sharing the visual symbols and stories of communities that aren’t often heard—LGBT elders, youth from low-income communities, people with disabilities. Although the artistic form has evolved over time, certain aesthetic values remain the same: the layering and juxtaposition of diverse elements to examine deeper questions about fear, desire, and belonging. I create these pieces through multi-modal workshops designed to encourage artists and non-artists alike to translate their experiences into visual and performative language. In recent years, this work has evolved to focus more explicitly on environmental issues, and has manifested in participatory mural projects and site-specific environmental installations.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo and Two-Person
2020
Reclamation, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
With Dana Scott

Resident Show, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA
With Arthur Haywood

2019
Synergy, The Atria, Philadelphia, PA
With Juli Snyder

Kevin Broad and Rebecca Schultz, InLiquid at East Market, Philadelphia, PA

2018
Petrology, Da Vinci Art Alliance Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2018
Strike and Dip, Noba Artspace, Bala Cynwyd, PA

Group
2019
Drawing, Site:Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY
Juried

Perennial Visions II, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Marginalized, Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA

Mural Arts Artists Show, Philadelphia, PA

Community, The Schuylkill Center, Philadelphia, PA

Process: The MamaCITA Biennial, Cheltenham Arts Center, Cheltenham, PA

Landscape: Revisited, Site:Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY
Juried

2018
Cheltenham Center for the Arts Juried Painting Show, Cheltenham, PA

New Now: InLiquid’s New Members, InLiquid Gallery at Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA

A Winter Collection: Juried Exhibition, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2017
Works on Paper Juried Exhibition, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

2016
Juried Exhibition: Printmaking, Shenandoah Valley Center for the Arts, Waynesboro, VA

2015
National Juried Drawing Show, MarinMOCA, Novato, CA

Public/Participatory Art
2020
Wayne Junction Mural
Commissioned by Mural Arts in collaboration with community organizations in Germantown and Nicetown. Design inspired by plant life in the two communities, to be installed in summer 2020.

2018
Art in the Open
Over the course of three days, created a mural design based on sketches of images along the Schuylkill River and invited members of the public to help paint the mural.

2017
Now Growing in Mantua
Mural based on artwork created by participants in Mural Arts' A2O: Arts and Artists Outdoors program at the James L. Write Recreation Center in West Philadelphia.

2016
The Multi-Families Project
A participatory installation created in collaboration with multiracial families in the East Bay. Families curated objects, images, and text for mixed-media collage box pieces that were assembled into a large scale sculpture, which was exhibited with family portraits at Oakland's Flight Deck gallery in August 2016.

2015
Belonging in Transition
A participatory installation inspired by the experiences of transition-aged youth in San Francisco. The form and materials for the sculpture piece were informed by workshops and interviews with youth, who created small collage pieces that are attached to the installation. Exhibited at Mercury Café, San Francisco, CA.

1997
Artists Assistant, Doug Cooper, Muralist
Assisted artist Doug Cooper in the creation of a large-scale mural of New York City, which was installed in John's Pizzeria in Times Square.

Teaching

2018 - Present
Teaching Artist, Delphi Art Futures and Art Club
Teach creative techniques based on works in the Philadelphia Museum of Art's collection to School District of Philadelphia students grades 6-8 and residencies at Philadelphia high schools.

2016 - 2017
Teaching Artist in Residence for Mural Arts’ A2O: Arts and Artists Outdoors
Taught mixed media techniques to youth ages 10-14 at a Recreation Center, with the goal of producing a permanent mural at the Center examining the plant life in the Mantua neighborhood of Philadelphia.

2002 - 2005
Teaching Artist for Pre-K to 12th grade students
Taught visual arts and theater residencies and professional development workshops for educators through Young Audiences, LEAP, Opera Piccola, and the Arts Education Funders Collaborative.

2004 - present
Theatre of the Oppressed workshop facilitator
Facilitated workshops for a range of local community organizations, including the Instituto Sanchez-Mendoza, the Moving On Center, and SIEU Local 1021. Designed and facilitated workshops for NGOs in Burkina Faso, Niger, and South Africa.

Arts Curriculum
2013
Well Contested Sites
Developed theater-based curriculum to accompany classroom presentations of Well Contested Sites, a non-narrative dance video about the impact of incarceration on our physical bodies.

2012
Stage Left
Created a series of curriculum guides to accompany classroom showings of Stage Left, a documentary about the Bay Area theater scene since World War II.

2005
San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs Arts Express Program
Developed curriculum guides to accompany arts exposure experiences for youth in grades K-12 in San Jose.

2004
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
Wrote extensive curriculum guides to accompany educational performances and workshops at the Center.

Grants and Awards

2020
Anonymous Was a Woman COVID-19 relief grant

2019 - 2020
Artist in Residency at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA

2019
Artist Residency at Greywood Arts, Killeagh, Ireland

2018
InLiquid Blick Art Supply Grant Award

Artist Residency at Brush Creek Center for the Arts, Saratoga, Wyoming

2017
Artist Residency at Samband íslenskra myndlistannanna (SÍM), Reykjavik, Iceland

2016
Artist Residency at Spark Box Studio, Picton, Ontario

East Bay Fund for Artists Grant (for The Multi-Families Project)

The K&F Baxter Foundation Grant (for The Multi-Families Project)

Clorox Foundation Grant (for The Multi-Families Project)

2015
Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Grant (for #wheredoyoubelong)

2008 - 2010
San Francisco Arts Commission Artist and Community Partnerships Grants (for OutLook)

2010
Zellerbach Family Fund Community Arts Grant (for OutLook)

2009
Clorox Foundation Grant (for OutLook)

Walter and Elise Haas Fund Grant (for OutLook)

Cal Humanities Community Stories Grant (for OutLook)

2008
Theatre Communications Group Future Collaborations Travel Grant

2004
Zellerbach Family Fund Community Arts Grant (for Bay Area Theatre of the Oppressed)

Performances

2017
Wish You Were Here (Co-creator and Director)
Site-specific piece examining history, memory, masculinity, and race co-created with AeJay Mitchell and Anthony Julius Williams at the historic Fort Mason Center. Developed with the HATCH Performance Collective as part of "Fire House / Waters' Edge" for the 2016 San Francisco International Arts Festival.

2014
Join Us at the Table (Creator and Performer)
Solo performance about the juxtaposition of belonging in a marriage to belonging to a country, Red Poppy Art House, San Francisco, CA

The Ages (Co-Creator and Performer)
Collaboration with Lynn Johnson and Allison Kenny. Devised performance about women and aging, presented as part of "The Ages," curated by Outlook Theater Project for The News, SOMARts, San Francisco, CA

2011
Blood is Mere Decoration (Director)
Created and performed by Anthony Julius Williams. Evening-length multimedia performance about the legacy of slavery and incarceration. Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

the GOD project (Co-Creator and Performer)
Co-creation with the OutLook Theater Project ensemble. Devised performance using source materials drawn from online surveys about the intersections of faith, spirituality, gender and sexuality. FuryFactory Ensemble Theater Festival, San Francisco, CA

2008 - 2010
This Many People (Co-Creator and Director)
Co-creation with the OutLook Theater Project ensemble. Original full-length play using interviews and story circles with LGBT seniors as source material, performed by a mixed professional and community cast. AIRSpace residency at The Garage, 2009; National Queer Arts Festival at CounterPulse, San Francisco, CA, 2010.

2008 - 2009
The SPIRAL Project (Co-Facilitator and Director)
Collaboration with Lynn Johnson and the Lavender Youth Information and Recreation Center (LYRIC). Devised performance pieces with LGBTQ youth about the challenges and barriers they face accessing mental health and substance abuse services. Brought Tectonic Theater's Leigh Fondakowski (The Laramie Project) to facilitate a guest workshop.

2007 - 2008
Safer to Name (Facilitator, Co-Creator and Director)
Co-creation with the Identified Queer Objects ensemble. Devised physical theater piece examining gender issues in the LGBTQ community. FURY Factory Ensemble Theater Festival, 2007; National Queer Arts Festival at the SF LGBT Center, 2007; Women on the Way Festival, 2008

2007
Yo VIP! (Facilitator)
Developed a short play with youth from the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center examining the roots of violence in their communities. Worked with BayCAT to create a documentary of the play development process.

2000 - 2003
Passages (Creator and Performer)
Evening-length solo performance about the divergent lives of young women over three generations. AIRSpace residency at the Jon Sims Center, 2000; SF Fringe Festival, 2003

2001
Lockers Are Small Closets (Facilitator and Director)
Devised a play with LGBTQ youth at the Pacific Center in Berkeley exploring the challenges of coming out in high school, Open Arts Circle, Oakland, CA

2000
Know Rules (Facilitator and Director)
Devised performance piece created by an ensemble of artists with and without disabilities, looking at internal and external rules and boundaries. SF Street Theater Festival

1999
Stepping Stones (Facilitator and Director)
Devised a performance piece with adults with brain injuries at the Marin Brain Injury Network, featuring vignettes about each of their lives and their dreams for the future.

1994 - 1995
Various Short Multimedia Performance Pieces (Creator and Performer)
Solo and duo performance and video pieces (with Ryder Cooley), performed at Bindlestiff Studios, Diesel Cathedral, LunaSea, and BUILD, San Francisco, CA

Organizations and Projects

2007 - 2014
Outlook Theater Project
Co-founded queer, community-based ensemble theater company with Lynn Johnson; co-created and produced This Many People, GOD project, and Join Us at the Table

2004 - 2008
Bay Area Theatre of the Oppressed
Co-founded collective of Theatre of the Oppressed practitioners; brought Augusto Boal to San Francisco; organized trainings and brought trainers Mady Schutzman and Michael Rohd to the Bay Area.

Education

2001
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
MA, Education; Concentration, Community-Based Arts Education

1993
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
BFA, Painting

Theater Training
1998 - 2010
Theatre of the Oppressed (Augusto Boal, Mady Schutzman, David Diamond); Devising and Community -Based Performance (Michael Rohd); Playwrighting (Leigh Fondakowski); Devised Dance Theater (Liz Lerman Dance Company); Acting {Thaunya Martin and Margo Hall); Commedia dell 'Arte and Melodrama (SF Mime Troupe); SuzukiNiewpoints (Siti Company); Physical Theater (Foolsfury); Improvisation (Marcia Kimmell)

Memberships

InLiquid
Artessa Alliance (formerly MamaCITA)
Da Vinci Art Alliance
Cheltenham Center for the Arts