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.

Read: Sara Zielinski Interviews Rochelle Rubinstein | HuffPost


2019        - UNNATURAL DISASTERS CONT’D; Loop Gallery, Toronto (solo)
                - COMMON WATERS; Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge
                - WISH YOU WERE HERE; A.I.R. Gallery, New York

2018         - MEMBERS’ INK; Open Studio, Toronto
                 - TERRA inFERMA; Bernard Heller Museum, New York
                 - WATER ADVISORY!; Loop Gallery, Toronto (curator and exhibitor)

2017         - ANXIOUS//SPACE; Loop Offsite, Toronto
                 - HOME (LESS); HUC Museum, New York
                 - 21C; Koerner Hall, Toronto (2 person)   
                 - SEASONS & DIRECTIONS; Massey College, Toronto     
                 - RADIANT VERMIN; Dirty Talk, Toronto (solo)
                 - MY ONLY DRINK; Loop Gallery, Toronto (solo)
                 - CYCLIC; George Gilmour Gallery/OpenStudio, Toronto (solo)

2016          - COME; Open Field Collective, Corktown Common, Toronto
                  - PRINTMAKER'S FESTIVAL; Charlotte Hale & Associates Gallery, Toronto
                  - CATCH THE WEAVE; Earls Court Gallery, Hamilton

2015          - TRAVELLING BOOK EXHIBITION; Erfrischungsraum, Lucerne, Switzerland
                  - POCHI BUKURO; Loop Gallery, Toronto (solo)
                  - 45TH ANNIVERSARY Exhibition; Open Studio, Toronto
                  - I WAS THERE; Centre for Memory and Testimony Studies, Waterloo
                  - 7 GENERATIONS; MNJCC Gallery, Toronto
                  - HUXULE CATAL; installation for Open Field Collective, Toronto

2014          - MARGINALIA 4; CJS Gallery, University of Toronto (solo)
                  - THE CONTENT/SHIFTING; Tokyo University of the Arts; Japan (2 person)
                  - BOUNDLESS & BORDERLESS; Cheng Shiu University Art Centre; Taiwan
                  - BEYOND CALLIGRAPHY; Multi-faith Centre, University of Toronto
                  - DWELL; St Anne's Anglican Church, Toronto

2013          - SEXUALITY SYNDROME; Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art      
                  - BOUNDLESS AND BORDERLESS; Pine Street Art Centre, Syney, Australia
                  - SCRAP; Loop Gallery, Toronto (solo)

2012          - SILK STONES; Yeshiva University Museum, New York (solo)
                  - THE SEXUALITY SYNDROME; The Museum @ Hebrew Union College, New York
                  - NOT FORGETTING; Harbourfront Gallery, Toronto
                  - COLLECTIVE VISION; Loop Gallery, Toronto
                  - MEMENTO MORI; The Gallery at Sheridan Institute, Toronto
                  - QUIET ZONE; The Gallery Queen Elizabeth Cultural Centre, Toronto
                  - CULTURE OF MEMORY; Miles Nadal Gallery, Toronto (solo)

2011          - REPRESSED; Fran Hill Gallery, Toronto (solo)
                  - MARGINALIA 5; Open Studio Gallery, Toronto (2 person)
                  - HOMESTEAD, Loop Gallery, Toronto (solo)
                  - WHODUNIT; OCADU, Toronto (2007 to 2011)
                  - SHADOWBOX; Museum for Textiles, Toronto (2002 to 2011)

2010          - THE HAPPY MEDIUMS; Art Gallery of Toronto, Toronto
                  - PROVOCATIVE TEXTILE; The Museum @ Hebrew Union College, New York
                  - FAITHFUL AND FAITHLESS MESSENGERS; Loop Gallery, Toronto
                  - SHAFT; Loop Gallery, Toronto (solo)
                  - Artists FOR Haiti; Envoy, New York City

2009          - THE MOTHER WELL; Fran Hill Gallery, Toronto (solo)
                  - REFUGEE ; Nuit Blanche 2009 @ Mon Ton Window Gallery + studio. (solo)
                  - Im/AGE; Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto
                  - SUMMER; Burdette Gallery, Orton, Ontario

2008          - MARGINALIA 2; The Museum @ Hebrew Union College, New York City (solo)
                  - HOLY WELL The Print Gallery, Hamilton (solo)
                  - OVERLAP Loop Gallery, Toronto (solo)

2007          - INKHORN; Loop Gallery, Toronto (solo)
                  - EALAIONTOIR; Aras Eanna Art Centre, Aran Islands (solo)
                  - GOOD WALL; Chinese Cultural Center, Toronto (solo)
                  - SHOE PROJECT , Travelling throughout Canada
                  - JERUSALEM REDEFINED; Jerusalem Theater Gallery, Jerusalem

2006          - MARGINALIA; Fran Hill Gallery, Toronto (solo)
                  - TrueSpectrumTDot; loop Gallery, Toronto

2005          - DISASTER & RELIEF; Fran Hill Gallery, Toronto (solo)
                  - DUN; loop Gallery, Toronto (solo)
                  - unNATURAL DISASTERS (2 person); McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton
                  - BY ASSOCIATION; Propeller Centre for Visual Art, Toronto
                  - WOOF; Fran Hill Gallery, Toronto

2004          - INSITE; loop Gallery, Toronto (solo)
                  - NO GURU NO METHOD; Open Studio, Toronto (solo)
                  - WIND THROUGH THE PAPER (2 person); Japanese Paper Gallery, Toronto
                  - PARROT PROJECT; Fran Hill Gallery, Toronto
                  - GLAD TO BE HERE; Gladstone Hotel, Toronto

2003          - LOOK OUT; loop Gallery, Toronto (solo)
                  - HEART (2 person); Lyndia Terre Gallery, Alton, On.
                  - THEN & NOW; Open Studio, Toronto
                  - ART VS. WAR; Gallery 101, Ottawa, On.
                  - PULP; loop, Toronto
                  - HOMESCAPES: FUNCTIONAL/DYSFUNCTIONAL; L. Terre Gallery, Alton
                  - SUPERNUMERARY; Toronto

2002          - GENESIS: WILD & WASTE ; Lyndia Terre Gallery, Alton, On. (solo)
                  - WAVING FLAGS;  Sussman Gallery, New York
                  - PAPIER A LA MODE; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

2001          - GENESIS ; Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto
                  - MUTATING IMAGE; 12th Tallinn Print Triennaal, Estonia
                  - EVIDENCE OF THINGS UNSEEN; Tyndale College & Seminary, Toronto
                  - BIRTH RITE 2001; A Space Windows, Toronto (solo)
                  - WORKS ON PAPER;  Fran Hill Gallery, Toronto
                  - SPLASH; Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto
                  - ENCOUNTERING THE 2ND COMMANDMENT; Jewish Museum, Pittsburgh

2000          - LAMENTABLE EXPEDIENTS; Propeller Centre, Toronto
                  - CAMOUFLAGE; Studio, Toronto (solo)

1999          - CANADIAN ARTIST SERIES; Chapters Gallery, Toronto (solo)
                  - CIRCADIAN; David Mirvish, Toronto (solo)
                  - MEDIA & PHOTOGRAPHY; Photographic Resource Centre, Boston
                  - LOVE, LINT & THE ART OF LAUNDRY; Open Studio, Toronto

1998          - RECENT PRINTS; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
                  - WOMEN BEYOND BORDERS;  Dufferin Mall Gallery, Toronto

1997          - NURSE GIRL; Open Studio, Toronto (solo)
                  - DANCING WITH THE LEVIATHAN; Harbourfront, Toronto
                  - ONCE IS TOO MUCH; Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
                  - WOMEN OF THE BOOK;  Finegood Gallery, California ( travelling internationally )
                  - PERSPECTIVES 97; Living Arts Centre, Toronto
                  - SACRED & PROFANE (2 person) Charach Epstein Museum, Michigan
                  - MIRIAM, WOMEN’S CREATIVITY & NEW RITUAL;  Jewish Institute of Religion, New York
                  - TALES OF COURAGE;  Kanner Heritage Museum, Toronto

1996          - CODEX; Women’s Art Resource Centre, Toronto (solo)
                  - INTERNATIONAL PRINT; Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin
                  - GEOMETRY & NEW MATH (Books about Sex); Centre for Book Arts, New York
                  - FACE; Atelier Circulaire, Montreal & York Quay Gallery, Toronto
                  - FROM MEMORY TO TRANSFORMATION;  John Street Gallery, Toronto
                  - TEXTILE & TRADITION; Beth Tzedek Museum, Toronto

1995          - MAKING MARKS; REMEMBERING & RESISTING;  Toronto (solo)
                  - ACQUISITIONS 1995; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
                  - DRESSING THE TEXT;  Art Museum of Santa Cruz County, California
                  - SMALL BOOK ART; National Library of Canada, Ottawa
                  - WOMEN & MEDICINE; Niagara Artists Co., St. Catharines
                  - ECHOES OF ANGELS (2 person); York Quay Gallery, Toronto

1994          - BUNCH O PRINTMAKERS; Visual Arts Exhibition Lab, London
                  - FIBREWORKS; The Library & Gallery, Cambridge
                  - QUILT PROJECT; Koffler Gallery, Toronto
                  - ARTISTS BOOKS; National Library of Canada, Ottawa
                  - THE ANTHROPOMORPHIC BOOK; Centre for Book Arts, New York, N.Y.
                  - WSW XX: A RETROSPECTIVE; State University of New Paltz Gallery, N. Y.
                  - PRINTMAKERS;  Workscene, Toronto

1993          - QUEEN ESTHER MODEL; Visual Arts Ontario, Toronto (solo)
                  - I AND I: ISH ISHA; The Gallery Stratford (2 person)
                  - 7 DEADLY SINS; Centre for Book Arts, New York City
                  - AND THE WOMEN DANCED; Borofsky Gallery, Philadelphia
                  - NINE SMALL BOOKS; Centre for Book Arts; New York City
                  - ARTISIS BOOKS; The Papertrail, Ottawa
                  - BOOKWORKS; AKA Artists Centre, Saskatoon

1992          - SCRAP BOOK 5; Open Studio, Toronto (solo)
                  - CONTEMPORARY CANADIAN ART; Ader Tajan, Paris
                  - ARTEFECT lll; Workscene, Toronto
                  - BIRTHTALES; A Space, Toronto
                  - PRINTS & ARTISTS BOOKS FROM WSW; Colgate University Gallery, N. Y.
                  - FIRAT CONTACT; Partisan Gallery, Toronto
                  - LOVE & ROMANCE; Center for Book Arts, New York City

1991          - DADDY WAS KING; Women’s Studio Workshop Gallery, Rosendale, N.Y. (solo)
                  - OUT OF THE DRAWER; A Space, Toronto
                  - LAST SHOW; Artefect, Toronto
                  - MEMBERS EXHIBITION; Extension Gallery, Toronto

1990          - SHELTER; Museum for Textiles, Toronto (solo)
                  - THINGS FALL APART; Artefect, Toronto
                  - HOUSING - A RIGHT; Power Plant, Toronto
                  - MEMBERS EXHIBITION; Extension, Toronto

1989          - FERTILITY; Poor Alex Theatre, Toronto (solo)
                  - I AND I; Artefect, Toronto (2 person)
                  - CONTINUING WITNESS; Klutznick Museum, Washington,DC

1987          - THE REFUGEE ROOM; Studio Theatre, Harbourfront, Toronto (solo)
                  - ORDER OUT OF CHAOS: Ritual Dwellings; Contemporary Gallery,  Harbourfront, Toronto
                  - EROS & BILL C-54; Gallery 306, Toronto

1986          - 4 WOMEN 4 CULTURES;  Hunter College Gallery, New York City
                  - SPRINGTIDE; Community Gallery, Harbourfront, Toronto

1985          - THE MYTH OF DIFFERENCE; Peacock Gallery, Dublin (2 person)
                  - BLESSED IS THE EYE; Ottawa Congress Centre, Ottawa

1984          - GUARDIANS OF THE TALES; Koffler Gallery, Toronto (2 person)




2019          - large-scale project facilitation with Arab and Jewish artists of Ayna; Shefr’Amr, Israel

2018          - co-curator, with Crystal Sinclair, of WATER ADVISORY!; Loop Gallery, Toronto

2017          - co-creative director of WATERSTOCK; Erin Fairgrounds, Ontario

co-creative director of WATERSTOCK, Erin Fairgrounds, Ontario, 2107

2017          - facilitator, Blood, Milk and Tears workshops and exhibition (Muslim & Jewish artists) at
                    Fentster  Gallery, Toronto

2015          - Workshop with Focusing Therapists

2015          - Aftermath; workshop at Holocaust Education Week

2015          - Curator, Stop.Watch; Yeshiva University Museum, New York

2014          - Inspiration Book Project; Baycrest Centre for Culture, Art, and Innovation, Toronto

2014          - artist in residence, WaterStone Clinic

2014          - workshop, University of Toronto, Centre for Jewish Studies

2014          - workshop and lecture, Pomegranate Guild

2013          - Senescence Book Project (with medical, nursing, and social work students); Baycrest Centre
                     for Culture, Art and Innovation, Toronto

2013          - Memoir Project; St. Stephen's Community House, Toronto

2013          - Memoir Book Project (with seniors); Baycrest Hospital, Toronto

2013          - Accordian Book Project; Sheena's Place, Toronto

2012          - artist-in-residence at Stern College for Women, New York City

2011          - visiting artist at McMaster University, Hamilton

2011          - facilitator, printmaking project; Baycrest Hospital, Toronto

2010          - facilitator, workshops with Venus Girls of St. Stephen's, Toronto

2009 and 2010 - facilitator for PARADOX OF THE VOCATION projects and exhibitions with health workers
                    and patients at Juravinski Cancer Centre, Hamilton

1996 to 2013, facilitator, weekly Open Studio, Sheena's Place (for people with eating disorders), Toronto

2008          - printmaking workshops with Threshold, re-Create and Notre Dame School  (youth at risk );
                    Print Studio, Hamilton

2007          - Artist in residence; Aras Eanna Art Centere, Inis Oirr, Ireland 

2007          - Mural with 80 grade 5 students; Topcliffe Public School, Toronto 

2007          - Mural with 40 children; St Stephens Community Day Care, Toronto 

2000 & 2001  - Art Against War; co-ordinator of international banner project, sponsored by Women’s Art
                     Resource Centre, Toronto

2000          - Woodblock printed & quilted silk work commissioned by Sick Children’s Hospital, Toronto

1997          - Sistering Calendar Project (for marginalized women), Toronto

1996 - 2012  - Self-Portrait Project (with people with eating disorders), Sheena’s Place, Toronto
                     and self portrait tapestry at A SPACE Gallery, Toronto 2000

1996          - Artist in Residence for Women's Rights As Human Rights, an 80 foot long banner, Irish Museum
                     of Modern Art, Dublin

1996          - Artist in Residence for Memorial to 31 Women, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

1995          - Printmaking for Once Is Too Much at Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

1991          - Women’s Studio Workshop grant to create 100 artists books

                  - Canadian Women’s Art in the Schools participant

2001          - visiting artist at School of Arts, McMaster University, Hamilton, 2001 & 1998; at USDS Middle
                     School; Associated Elementary & Middle Schools, 1999 &1998

1992          - guest artist at Open Studio, Toronto

1992 to 1995 - curator & artist, Feminist Sukkah, Harbourfront, Toronto

40 printed, painted, & embroidered wall hangings donated to shelters for battered women in Ireland, Israel, & Canada

20 woodblock prints donated to Willow (breast cancer support & info. centre) 

Stage design: Theory of Relatives; Tarragon Theatre, Toronto - Wildlife; Poor Alex Theatre, Toronto - The Odyssey; Inner Stage Theatre, Toronto - Ashkenaz; Ford Centre for the Arts, Toronto - Punch Me in the Stomach (film) - A Jew from Hungary (film) 


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' Olocausto

Selected Magazine illustrations & reviews: New Canadian Perspectives; Ars Medica; Matriart 1991 and 1992;
Hamilton Spectator; Xtra;  C Magazine;  Borderlines; Fuse; Lilith; Fireweed; Canadian  Woman Studies; Journal for Research on Mothering; New York Times Magazine; Irish Times; Canadian Women’s Studies: Women, Globalization & Int’l Trade; Women & HIV/AIDS; Women & Work; Women & Justice; Women 2000; Mothers Daughters & Feminism; Jewish Women in Canada; Mothering Canada; Visual Arts Research; Women's Book of Grieving.



- Museum of Modern Art, New York
- Victoria and Albert Museum, London
- US Library of Congress, Washington
- Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
- Klutznik Museum, Washington
- Yeshiva University Museum, New York
- Smith College
- Rochester Institute of Technology
- University of Houston
- University of Utah
- Vassar College Library
- Duke University
- School of the Art Institute of Chicago
- New York Public Library, New York City
- Ohel Moshe Museum, Shanghai
- Toronto Science Centre
- Canada Council Art Bank
- National Library of Canada
- Yale University
- University of Santa Cruz
- Atlanta College of Art
- Colgate University, Hamilton, New York
- Virginia Commonwealth University
- Reconstructionist College, Philadelphia
- Brown University
- Wesleyan University
- Bucknell University
- Reconstructionist Synagogue, Toronto
- Beit Haminyan Synagogue, Toronto
- Baycrest Hospital, Toronto
- Seneca College, Toronto
- Donovan Collection, St. Michael's College, Toronto
- Art Gallery of New South Wales
- National Gallery of Australia

Mural in progress


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