Rebecca Schultz

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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 two-dimensional work expresses my deep connection to, and fear for the future of, the natural world . While I begin the mark-making process from an intuitive, emotional place, the forms that emerge are abstracted references to landscape: clouds, marshes, thickets, seed pods, rock formations, treelines. These forms are often intercut with lines and grids, reflecting the interplay between the chaos of nature and the geometry of human-made spaces.

A key element of this work is the metaphorical relationship between positive and negative space, dark and light. I have always known that accepting darkness is the only way to appreciate and embrace lightness. This relationship plays out in nature, where things must die so other things can live; and globally, where fear of the potential consequences of our growing ecological imbalances requires the hope: to see life as impermanent and resilient, a continuum that is much bigger than all of us.

My installation and performance work has largely focused on collaborative, pluralistic projects aimed at sharing the 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: layering and juxtaposition of various elements-gesture, image, sound, text- to evoke new meanings and uncover universal truths: that we all want to belong, and we all struggle to find that place of 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.

Selected Exhibitions

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

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

National Juried Drawing Show, MarinMOCA, Novato, CA

Public Art Projects

Now Growing in Mantua
Mural design based on artwork created by participants in Mural Arts' A2O: Arts and Artists Outdoors program at the James L. Wright Recreation Center in Mantua. The mural includes imagery of different plants found in the neighborhood, from vegetables in a community garden to weeds growing through the cracks of the sidewalk.

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

Belonging in Transition
A participatory installation project 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 then invited to create small collage pieces that are attached to the installation. Mercury Cafe, San Fransico, CA. Part of the #wheredoyoubelong project.

Mapping Belonging
Collaboration with Zeph Fishlyn. A participatory installation consisting of a series of workshops where participants made visual and textual representations of belonging, which the artists used to construct a visual map. Presented as part of "Join Us At tbe Table," curated by OutLook Theater Project for the Mission Arts and Performance Project at Red Poppy Art House, San Francisco, CA

Professional Experience

#wheredoyoubelong project
A series of artist-led experiments rooted in belonging. Co-lead artist with Jason Wyman.

Outlook Theater Project
Co-founded queer, community-based ensemble theater company with Lynn Johnson; co-created and produced This Many People and the GOD project.

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.

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.

Bay Area Theatre of the Oppressed
Co-founded collective of Theatre of the Oppressed practitioners; brought Augusto Boal to San Francisco for a three-day conference on theater and social change; organized trainings and brought trainers Mady Schutzman and Michael Rohd to the Bay Area.

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.

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

Mural Commission. Connecticut Public Television
Made three mural pieces focusing on different aspects of the impact of World War II in Connecticut for a three-part CPT series.

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

Teaching Artist for Pre-K to J21h 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.

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

Theatre Workshops and Visual Arts Facilitator, Marin Brain Injury Network, San Francisco, CA

Volunteered, Theater Unlimited at the Janet Pomeroy Center, San Francisco, CA

Awards and Honors

Artist Residency at Samband islenskra myndlistannanna (SIM), Reykjavik, Iceland

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 Mu/ti-Families Project)

Clorox Foundation Grant (for The Multi-Families Project)

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Grant (for #wheredoyoubelong)

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

Zellerbach Family Fund Community Arts Grant (for OutLook)

Clorox Foundation Grant (for OutLook)

Walter and Elise Haas Fund Grant (for OutLook)

Cal Humanities Community Stories Grant (for OutLook)

Creative Capital Professional Development Workshop (nominated to participate)

Theatre Communications Group Future Collaborations Travel Grant

Zellerbach Family Fund Community Arts Grant, Bay Area Theatre of the Oppressed


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

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; Nationa l Queer Arts Festival at CounterPulse, San Francisco, CA, 20 I 0

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

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

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

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

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.

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


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

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

Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
Exchange Semester, Painting Department

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)