Cynthia Beth Rubin

Most Recent Affiliation / Department / Job Title:

  • University of Vermont and Rhode Island School of Design, Department of Art, Artist

ISEA Bio(s) Available:

  • ISEA2016


    Cynthia-Beth Rubin, Rhode Island School of Design, US, is a new media artist working in still imagery, video and interactivity. Trained as a painter, she began working in digital imagery in 1984, before the days of easy scanning and digital photography. While still enmeshed in the thinking of abstract expressionism, her search for new influences led her first to Islamic Art and eventually to Hebrew and then Christian manuscripts and the historic sense of place. Recently, this sense of place has led to an exploration of the hidden microscopic life in our waters and she became an honorary artist in residence in the Menden‑Deuer lab of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island.


    Cyn­thia Beth Rubin is a new media artist whose im­agery evokes mem­o­ries of cul­ture, place.   Dig­i­tal for over 25 years, Rubin’s prints, mov­ing im­agery, and in­ter-ac­tive in­stal­la­tions  have been shown in the Jew­ish Mu­seum in Prague, open­ing night of the both the San Fran­cisco and the Boston Jew­ish Film Fes­ti­vals, the Pan­dae­mo­nium Fes­ti­val in Lon­don, Lavall Gallery in Novosi­birsk, and di­verse venues around the world. Awards in­clude  mul­ti­ple Con­necti­cut Com­mis­sion fel­low­ships, the Memo­r­ial Foun­da­tion for Jew­ish Cul­ture, and the New Eng­land Foun­da­tion on the Arts, as well as a res­i­dency at Vidéochroniques in Mar­seilles and other in­ter­na­tional res­i­den­cies, . Rubin works in­de­pen­dently and in col­lab­o­ra­tion, and teaches part-time at the Rhode Is­land School of De­sign, US.


    Cynthia Beth Rubin is an independent computer artist working in Providence, where she teaches part-time at the Rhode Island School of Design.Trained as a painter (MFA 1975, Maryland Institute, College of Art/ BA 1972 Antioch College), she began the transition to electronic media in 1984. She attended her first ISEA in 1990 as an exhibitor, and since then has exhibited at a variety of international venues including subsequent ISEAs, SIGGRAPH, Imagina, ARCADE, and other exhibitions in Brazil, Israel, Canada, the Netherlands, and France, Inherited Memories, her most recent animation„ screened at SIGGRAPH 1997, and her previous animation, les affinites recouvrees, screened at ISEA95, the CODE show (New York City), the Pandemonium Festival (London), Jewish Film Festival (San Francisco), Vue sur les Docs (Marseille), Candid Camera (Lodz), and Festival Art Video (Casa Blanca), among others. Working with photo­graphic sources as a point of departure, her animations and still images recall cultural legacies from times and places beyond her personal experience, merged with references to her own life. Focusing on Jewish cultural history, she uses the computer to layer, morph and fuse image fragments together, replicating the subjective experience of memory.


    Cynthia Rubin is on the faculty of the University of Vermont, was trained as a painter and today works with a computer, creating images which focus on cultural retrieval.


    Cynthia Beth Rubin is on the faculty at the University of Vermont, USA, where she is responsible for the computer area within the Department of Art. Working in fixed imagery and animation, she uses the computer as a means to engage in cultural dialogue, integrating images from diverse epochs and cultures. Her work was shown most recently at the Rendezvous d’Imagina in Paris and Marseilles, the Kalisher computer art show in Tel Aviv, and Imagine 94 in Utrecht.

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  • United States of America

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