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Rebecca Gilbert is a Philadelphia-based artist whose work exemplifies a dedication to traditional printmaking processes, while her innovation in executing these processes in combination with cut paper and assemblage push the boundaries of what a print can be.
Her works are representations of the act of searching for, and of our ability to recognize when one has found, something of “value.” She interprets these ideas in woodcut and wood engraving using natural imagery and pattern. These processes allow the integration of a high level of detail and the ability to work both very large (woodcut) and very small (wood engraving) simultaneously. The contrast in scale directly relates to the ways she explores ideas of perception, space, and seeing.
Gilbert earned an MFA in printmaking and book arts from The University of the Arts and a BFA in printmaking from Marshall University. In 2018, she was awarded an Independence Foundation Art Fellowship and a Winterthur Maker/Creator Research Fellowship to support her newest body of work that will premier as her Wind Challenge Exhibition. Her work is in numerous public and private collections, and has been exhibited regionally, nationally, and abroad.
Gilbert currently lives and works in South Philadelphia; serves on the board of The Wood Engravers’ Network; is represented by The Print Center, Philadelphia; and teaches at The University of the Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art, and Fleisher Art Memorial.