Rochelle Rubinstein

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Rochelle Rubinstein is a Toronto-based printmaker, painter, fabric and book artist.

Her work has been exhibited in diverse places such as the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Ireland; Yeshiva University Museum, New York; Print Triennial, Estonia; and McMaster Museum of Art, Royal Ontario Museum, and Chinese Cultural Centre, in Canada. For eighteen years, Rubinstein was a member of Loop Gallery, where she had regular solo exhibitions, and for seven years she curated monthly exhibitions at Mon Ton Window Gallery, in downtown Toronto.

Rubinstein’s work can be found in public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

She has completed several artist residencies, including Women’s Studio Workshop and Stern College for Women in New York; and the Irish Museum of Modern Art and Aras Eanna Art Centre in Ireland.

As a community arts facilitator, her workshops and projects involving health workers, abused women, people with eating disorders, seniors with depression, youth at risk, and Arab and Jewish artists, are based upon methods that are central to her own art practice: drawing, carving, printing, sewing, and bookmaking.

Rubinstein is also a steward of Bela Farm, in Hillsburgh, Ontario, where she is engaged in art, agriculture, and activism.


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SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2020 Shelter in Place, Project Gallery, Open Studio, Toronto, ON
  Book Room, Robert Langen Gallery, Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, ON
2019 Unnatural Disasters Con’t, Loop Gallery, Toronto, ON
2017 Radiant Vermin, Dirty Talk, Toronto, ON
  My Only Drink, Loop Gallery, Toronto, ON
  Cyclic, George Gilmour Gallery/Open Studio Gallery, Toronto, ON
2016 Come, Open Field Collective, Corktown Common, Toronto, ON
2015 Pochi Bukuro, Loop Gallery, Toronto, ON
  Huxule Catal, Open Field Collective, Toronto, ON
2014 Marginalia 4. CJS Gallery, University of Toronto, ON
2013 Scrap; Loop Gallery, Toronto, ON
2012 Silk Stones, Yeshiva University Museum, New York, USA
  Culture of Memory, Miles Nadal Gallery, Toronto, ON
2011 Repressed, Fran Hill Gallery, Toronto, ON
  Homestead, Loop Gallery, Toronto, ON
  Marginalia, Open Studio Gallery, Toronto, ON
2010 Shaft, Loop Gallery, Toronto, ON
2009 The Mother Well, Fran Hill Gallery, Toronto, ON
  Refugee, Nuit Blanche 2009, Mon Ton Window Gallery, Toronto, ON
2008 Marginalia 2, The Museum @Hebrew Union College, New York City, USA
  Overlap, Loop Gallery, Toronto, ON
2007 Inkhorn, Loop Gallery, Toronto, ON
  Ealaiontoir, Aras Eanna Art Centre, Aran Islands, Ireland
  Good Wall, Chinese Cultural Center, Toronto, ON
2006 Marginalia, Fran Hill Gallery, Toronto, ON
2005 Disaster & Relief, Fran Hill Gallery, Toronto, ON
  Dun, loop Gallery, Toronto, ON
2004 Insite, loop Gallery, Toronto, ON
  No Guru No Method, Open Studio, Toronto, ON
2003 Look Out, loop Gallery, Toronto, ON
2002 Genesis: Wild & Waste, Lyndia Terre Gallery, Alton, ON
2001 Birth Rite 2001, A Space Windows, Toronto, ON
2000 Canadian Artist Series, Chapters Gallery, Toronto, ON
  Circadian, David Mirvish, Toronto, ON
1997 Nurse Girl, Open Studio, Toronto, ON
1996 Codex, Women’s Art Resource Centre, Toronto, ON
1995 Making Marks; Remembering & Resisting, Toronto, ON
1993 Queen Esther Model, Visual Arts Ontario, Toronto, ON
1992 Scrap Book 5, Open Studio, Toronto, ON
1991 Daddy Was King, Women’s Studio Workshop Gallery, Rosendale, New York
1990 Shelter, Museum for Textiles, Toronto, ON
   
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019 Common Waters, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, ON
  Wish You Were Here, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, USA
2018 Members’ Ink, Open Studio Gallery, Toronto, ON
  Terra InFirma, Bernard Heller Museum, New York, USA
  Water Advisory! Loop Gallery, Toronto, ON
2017 Anxious/Space, Loop Offsite, Toronto, O
  Home(Less), HUC Museum, New York, USA
  21C , Koerner Hall, Toronto, ON
  Seasons & Directions, Massey College, Toronto, ON
2016 Printmaker’s Festival , Charlotte Hale & Associates Gallery, Toronto, ON
  Catch the Weave, Earls Court Gallery, Hamilton, ON
2015 Travelling Book Exhibition, Erfrischungsraum, Lucerne, Switzerland
  45th Anniversary Exhibition, Open Studio Gallery, Toronto, ON
  I Was There, Centre for Memory and Testimony Studies, Waterloo, ON
  7 Generations, MNJCC Gallery, Toronto, ON
2014 The Content/Shifting, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan
  Boundless and Borderless, Cheng Shiu University Art Centre, Taiwan
  Beyond Calligraphy, Multi-faith Centre, University of Toronto, ON
  Dwell, St Anne's Anglican Church, Toronto, ON
2013 Sexuality Syndrome, Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, Philadelphia, USA
  Boundless and Borderless, Pine Street Art Centre, Sydney, Australia
2012 The Sexuality Syndrom , the Museum @Hebrew Union College, New York, USA
  Not Forgetting, Harbourfront Gallery, Toronto, ON
  Collective Vision, Loop Gallery, Toronto, ON
  Memento Mori, The Gallery at Sheridan Institute, Toronto, ON
  Quiet Zone, The Gallery Queen Elizabeth Cultural Centre, Toronto, ON
2010 The Happy Medium, Art Gallery of Toronto, Toronto, ON
  Provocative Textile, the Museum @Hebrew Union College, New York, USA
  Faithful and Faithless Messenger, Loop Gallery, Toronto, ON
  Artists For Haiti, Envoy, New York City, USA
2009 Im/Age, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, ON
  Summer, Burdette Gallery, Orton, ON
2008 Holy Well, The Print Gallery, Hamilton, ON
2007-
2011
Whodunit, OCADU, Toronto, ON
2007 Shoe Project, Travelling throughout Canada
  Jerusalem Redefined, Jerusalem Theater Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel
2006 TrueSpectrumTDot, Loop Gallery, Toronto, ON
2005 UnNatural Disaster, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON
  By Association, Propeller Centre for Visual Art, Toronto, ON
  Woof, Fran Hill Gallery, Toronto, ON
2004 Wind Through Paper, Japanese Paper Gallery, Toronto, ON
  Parrot Project, Fran Hill Gallery, Toronto, ON
  Glad to Be Here, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON
2003 Heart, Lyndia Terre Gallery, Alton, ON
  Then & Now, Open Studio Gallery, Toronto, ON
  Art Vs. War, Gallery 101, Ottawa, ON
  Pulp, Loop Gallery, Toronto, ON
  Homescapes : Function/Dysfunctional, L. Terre Gallery, Alton, ON
2002-
2011
Shadowbox, Museum for Textiles, Toronto, O
2002 Waving Flags, Sussman Gallery, New York, USA
  Papier a la Mode, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON
2001 Genesis, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, ON
  Mutating Image, 12th Tallinn Print Triennial, Tallinn, Estonia
  Evidence of Things Unseen, Tyndale College & Seminary, Toronto, O
  Works on Paper, Fran Hill Gallery, Toronto, ON
  Splash, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, ON
  Encountering the 2nd Commandment, Jewish Museum, Pittsburgh, USA
2000 Lamentable Expedients, Propeller Centre for Visual Arts, Toronto, ON
1999 Media & Photography, Photographic Resource Centre, Boston, USA
  Love, Lint & the Love of Laundry, Open Studio Gallery, Toronto, ON
1998 Recent Prints, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
  Women Beyond Borders, Dufferin Mall Gallery, Toronto, ON
1997 Dancing With the Leviathan, Harbourfront Gallery, Toronto, ON
  Once is Too Much, Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
  Women of the Book, Finegood Gallery, California, USA
  Perspectives 97, Living Arts Centre, Toronto, ON
  Sacred & Profane, Charach Epstein Museum, Michigan, US
  Miriam, Women’s Creativity & New Ritual, Jewish Institute of Religion, New York
  Tales of Courage, Kanner Heritage Museum, Toronto, ON
1996 International Print, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
  Geometry & New Math, Centre for Book Arts, New York, USA
  Face, Atelier Circulaire, Montreal & York Quay Gallery, Toronto, ON
  From Memory to Transformation, John Street Gallery, Toronto, ON
  Textile & Tradition, Beth Tzedek Museum, Toronto, ON
1995 Acquisitions 1995, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
  Dressing the Text, Art Museum of Santa Cruz County, California, USA
  Small Book Art, National Library of Canada, Ottawa, ON
  Women & Medicine, Niagara Artists Co., St. Catharines. ON
  Echoes & Angels, York Quay Gallery, Toronto, ON
1994 Bunch O Printmakers, Visual Arts Exhibition Lab, London, ON
  Fiberworks, The Library & Gallery, Cambridge, ON
  Quilt Project, Koffler Gallery, Toronto, ON
  Artists Books, National Library of Canada, Ottawa, ON
  The Anthropomorphic Book, Centre for Book Arts, New York City, USA
  WSW XX: A Retrospective, State University of New Paltz Gallery, New York, USA
  Printmaker, Workscene, Toronto, ON
1993 I And I: Ish Isha, The Gallery Stratford, Stratford, ON
  7 Deadly Sins, Centre for Book Arts, New York City, USA
  And the Women Danced, Borofsky Gallery, Philadelphia, USA
  Nine Small Books, Centre for Book Arts; New York City, USA
  Artist Books, The Papertrail, Ottawa, O
  Bookworks, AKA Artists Centre, Saskatoon, SK
1992-
1995
Feminist Sukkah, Harbourfront Gallery, Toronto, ON
1992 Contemporary Canadian Art, Ader Tajan, Paris, France
  Artefect III, Workscene, Toronto, ON
  Birthtales, A Space, Toronto, ON
  Prints & Artists Books from WSW, Colgate University Gallery, New York, US
  First Contact, Partisan Gallery, Toronto, ON
  Love & Romance, Center for Book Arts, New York City, USA
1991 Out of the Drawer, A Space, Toronto, ON
  Last Show, Artefect, Toronto, ON
  Members Exhibition, Extension Gallery, Toronto, ON
1990 Things Fall Apart, Artefect, Toronto, ON
  Housing - A Right, The Power Plant Gallery, Toronto, ON
  Members Exhibition, Extension Gallery, Toronto, ON
1989 I and I, Artefect, Toronto, ON
  Continuing Witness, Klutznick Museum, Washington, DC, USA
1987 Order Out of Chaos : Ritual Dwellings, Harbourfront Gallery, Toronto, ON
  Eros & Bill C-54, Gallery 306, Toronto, ON
1986 4 Women 4 Cultures, Hunter College Gallery, New York City, USA
  Springtide, Community Gallery, Harbourfront Gallery, Toronto, ON
1985 The Myth of Difference, Peacock Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
  Blessed is the Eye, Ottawa Congress Centre, Ottawa, ON
1984 Guardians of the Tales, Koffler Gallery, Toronto, ON
   
RESIDENCIES
2014 Artist-in-Residence, WaterStone Clinic, Toronto, ON
2012 Artist-in-Residence, Stern College for Women, New York City, USA
2011 Visiting Artist, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
2007 Artist-in-Residence; Aras Eanna Art Center, Inis Oirr, Ireland
2001 Visiting Artist, School of Arts, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
1996 Artist-in-Residence, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
1995 Artist-in-Residence, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
1992 Guest Artist, Open Studio Gallery, Toronto, ON
1991 Artist-in-Residence, Women’s Studio Workshop, created 100 artists books,
Rosedale, New York, USA
   
SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
US Library of Congress, Washington, DC, USA
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Klutznik Museum, Washington, DC, USA
Yeshiva University Museum, New York, USA
Smith College, Massachusetts, USA
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, USA
University of Houston, Texas, USA
University of Utah, Utah, USA
Vassar College Library, New York, USA
Duke University, North Carolina, USA
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
New York Public Library, New York City, USA
Ohel Moshe Museum, Shanghai, China
Toronto Science Centre, Toronto, ON
Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, ON
National Library of Canada, Ottawa, ON
Yale University, New Haven, USA
University of Santa Cruz, California, USA
Atlanta College of Art, Georgia, USA
Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, USA
Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia, USA
Reconstructionist College, Philadelphia, USA
Brown University, Rhode Island, USA
Wesleyan University, Connecticut, USA
Bucknell University, Pennsylvania, USA
Reconstructionist Synagogue, Toronto, ON
Beit Haminyan Synagogue, Toronto, ON
Baycrest Hospital, Toronto, ON
Seneca College, Toronto, ON
Donovan Collection, St. Michael's College, Toronto, ON
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
 
SELECTED FACILITATION
2019 Bayt-Bayit-Home, Large-scale project with Arab and Jewish artists of Ayna; Shefr’Amr, Israel
2017 Blood, Milk and Tears, workshop and exhibition with Muslim & Jewish artists, Fentster Gallery, Toronto, ON
2015 Focusing Therapists Workshop, Bela Farm, Hillsburgh, ON
  Aftermath, workshop at Holocaust Education Week, Toronto, ON
2014 Marginalia 4, workshop, University of Toronto, Centre for Jewish Studies, Toronto, ON
  Workshop and lecture, Pomegranate Guild, Toronto, ON
2013 Senescence Book Project, workshop with medical, nursing, and social work students, Baycrest Centre for Culture, Art, and Innovation, Toronto, ON
2011 Books, Printmaking Project, Baycrest Centre for Culture, Art, and Innovation, Toronto, ON
2010 Workshop for Mon Ton Window Gallery exhibition with Venus Girls of St. Stephen's, Toronto, ON
2009-
2010
Paradox of the Vocation, projects and exhibitions with health workers and patients at Juravinski Cancer Centre, Hamilton, ON
2008 Threshold, printmaking workshops with at-risk youth at Notre Dame School, Hamilton, ON
2007 Mural with 80 grade 5 students, Topcliffe Public School, Toronto, ON
  Mural with 40 children, St Stephens Community Day Care, Toronto, ON
1996-
2013
Sheena’s Place, for people with eating disorders, weekly Open Studio Gallery,
Toronto, ON
   
SPECIAL PROJECTS & COMMISSIONS
2020 Grief, Artist of 280 ft. scribe featured in live performance, Toronto, ON
2018 Water Advisory, Co-curator, Loop Gallery, Toronto, ON
2017 Waterstock, Co-creative Director, Erin Fairgrounds, ON
2015 Stop.Watch, Curator, Yeshiva University Museum, New York, USA
2014 Inspiration Book Project, Baycrest Centre for Culture, Art, and Innovation, Toronto, ON
2013 Memoir Project, St. Stephen's Community House, Toronto
  Memoir Book Project (with seniors), Baycrest Hospital, Toronto, ON
  Accordion Book Project, Sheena's Place, Toronto ON
  Privileged, work featured in film, Toronto, ON
2000-
2001
Art AgaiAnst War, Coordinator of international banner project, sponsored by
Women’s Art Resource Centre, Toronto, ON
2000 Woodblock printed & quilted silk work commissioned by Sick Children’s Hospital, Toronto, ON
1997 Sistering Calendar Project for marginalized women, Toronto, ON
  Ashkenaz, Stage design, Ford Centre for the Arts, Toronto, ON
  Punch Me in the Stomach, work featured in film, Toronto, ON
1996-
2012
Self-Portrait Project, Sheena’s Place, Toronto, ON
1993 Theory of Relatives, Stage design, Tarragon Theatre, Toronto, ON
1992-
1995
Feminist Sukkah, Artist & Curator, Harbourfront, Toronto, ON
   
SELECTED BOOK COVER ART
Women's Book of Grieving
Children of the Holocaust
And Rachel Stole the Idols
The Camp
Violence Against Women
Preparing for Sabbath
Biography of Hava Shapiro
An Italian Renaissance
Figli dell' Olocaust
 


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