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Rebecca Welz Bio

Born Sausalito, California
Lives and works in New York City

Education
Boston Museum School of Fine Art, Boston, Massachusetts
BA, Empire State College, City University of New York

Solo Exhibitions
2021 Displacement: Sculpture, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2017 Sunstalks and Barnacles: Sculpture, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2014 Smoke Trees and Jellyfish: Sculpture and Collages, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2010 Steel Nets: Sculpture, June Kelly Gallery, New York
Rebecca Welz, Sculpture, Humanities Gallery, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
2008 Inner and Outer Spaces: Sculpture, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2005 Steel Kites: Painted Steel Sculpture, June Kelly Gallery, New York; catalogue
2004 Rebecca Welz: Wishing Poles and Other Incarnations, Gallery 555, Oakland Museum of
  California at City Center, CA
2003 Shingle Pieces, Wishing Poles and Floating Arcs, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
2002 Arcs, Orbs and Other Flying Objects: Sculpture, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2001 Constructions, Butters Gallery Ltd., Portland, OR
2000 Constructions, June Kelly Gallery, New York; catalogue
1997 Constructions, June Kelly Gallery, New York
1994 New Work, Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York
1991 Constructions, Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York; catalogue
1989 Constructions, Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York
1985 Constructions, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, New York
1979 Landmark Gallery, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions
2018 Grúpa, Rebecca Welz, Barbara Kruger, C. R. Grigg, Paul Bowen, Jennifer Ellwood, David
  Loeffler Smith, Laura Petrovich-Cheney, Cherry Stone Gallery, Wellfleet, MA, July-Sept
2017 Celebrating 30 Years, Gallery Artists: Drawings and Photographs, June Kelly Gallery,
  New York
2016 The New Memesis, SciArt Center, Easton, PA
Sally’s Party, Cherrystone Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
2015 Design is Everything, Schafler Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Crossing the Line: Drawings, Paintings and Sculpture, Mark Alsterlind, Norman Lewis, Elie
  Nadelman, Sky Pape, Rebecca Welz and Nola Zirin
, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2014 Line, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
2013 Unsteady Ground, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ
Sculpture Garden, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
2008 To Infinity and Beyond: Mathematics in Contemporary Art, co-curated by Elizabeth Meryman
  and Lynn Gamwell, Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY
2006 The Shape of Things, Butters Gallery, Portland, CA
2005 Vernissage, Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2003 Uncommon Threads, curated by Kathleen Spicer, Delaware Valley Arts Center Loft Gallery,
 
 Narrowsburg, NY
2001 Collections Installed: Ten Women Who Make Sculpture, curated by Judith K. Brodsky, Mason
  Gross School of the Arts Galleries, Rutgers Center for Innovation Print and Paper, New
  Brunswick,
NJ
Collage, Butters Gallery, Portland, Oregon
1998 Small Works, PSD-X Gallery, New York
Faculty Group Show, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
1996 Akim Masks, Invitational, Sotheby’s, New York; catalogue
1995 Selections, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York
Faculty Group Show, Pratt Institute Manhattan Gallery and The Schafler Gallery, Brooklyn,
  NY
Collaborative Work for Grace Borgenicht, Borgenicht Gallery, New York
 Group Show at Office Environments, organized by Joyce Creiger Gallery, Boston, MA;
  catalogue
1993 Hand Workshop, Virginia Center for the Craft Arts, Richmond, VA
Rockville Arts Place, Rockville, MD
1992 Benefit for the Organization of Independent Artists, Rosa Esman Gallery, New York
Process as Issue, College of New Rochelle, NY
1989 Climate‘89, Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York; catalogue
Plane Into Form, World Trade Center, New York
1987 Invitational, Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York; catalogue
1983 Put Together Again, 4 Sculptors, 22 Wooster Gallery, New York
1982 Polychrome Sculpture: Views by Women Artists, Lever House, New York; catalogue
Put Together, 4 Sculptors, 22 Wooster Gallery, New York
10th Anniversary Show, Landmark Gallery, New York
1976 Auction 393, 393 West Broadway, New York; catalogue
1973 Boston City Hall, Boston, MA

Selected Bibliography
Articles and Reviews
2011 McClermont, Doug, review, ARTnews
2006 Little, Carl, “Rebecca Welz at June Kelly,” review, Art in America, January
2005 Wright, Jeffrey Cyphers, review, Hung Steel, Offoffoff.com
2004 Goodman, Jonathan, review, Sculpture Magazine, March
2003 Morgan, Robert, review, ARTnews, January
2001 Ellertson, Karen, “A sense of place infuses the work of two artists,” The Oregonian, Friday,
  July 20
1997 Bell, J. Bowyer, “Constructions,” Review, September 15
Youens, Rachel, “Curving Space Frees Her Form,” Cover, Vol.11, No.4
1994 Nunn, Emily, review, The New Yorker, July 11
1991 Wright, Jeff, review, Cover, September
1989 Wright, Jeff, review, Cover, May
1985 Moss, Jacqueline, article, Arts Magazine, September
1983 Wolff, Theodore F., “The Many Masks of Modern Art Series,” The Christian Science Monitor,
  October 27
Morris, Diana, review, Women Artists News, summer, pp. 8 and 9
1982 Wolff, Theodore F., “Series on Art,” The Christian Science Monitor, February 10, p.18
1979 Erlich, Robbie, review, Arts Magazine, September, p.34
Kingsley, April, “Nature Takes It’s Course,” The Village Voice, April 2, p. 79
Wolff, Theodore F., review, The Christian Science Monitor, March 9, p. 15

Selected Bibliography
Books and Catalogues
2005 Steel Kites, essay by Jonathan Goodman, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2000 Constructions, essay by Gerrit Henry, June Kelly Gallery, New York
1997 Wolff, Theodore F., exhibition essay, June Kelly Gallery, New York; brochure
1994 Doering, Erika, Switzky, Rachel, Welz, Rebecca, Goddess in the details: product design by
  women
, publishers: Association of Women Industrial Designs, New York, book
1991 Constructions, essay by Theodore F. Wolff, Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York

Selected Public Collections
AXA Corporation, New York
Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, New York
Cortec Corporation, New York
Credit Lyonnais, New York
Goldman Sachs & Company, New York
Merck, New Jersey
Mound, Cotton, Wollan, New York
Pfizer Incorporated, New York
Prudential Life Insurance Corporation, New York
Sabre Corporation, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
Sidney Lewis, Richmond, VA
Warburg Pincus, New York
William Kaufman Organization, New York
Windmueller Fine Arts, Scarsdale, New York

Projects
2017,2016 Organizer and Participant, Antigua Project
2015
Traveled to Antigua, Guatemala with a group of artists/designers from New York to collaborate with weavers, woodcarvers, carpenters, a shoemaker, a ceramicist, a leather worker and a silversmith to create a collection of products that represented the local traditions and skills combined with the design expertise of the designers from New York. traditions and skills that combines the expertise of designers from New York.
2013 Organizer and Participant, The Malinalco Project
 

Organized by Pratt professor Rebecca Welz and Traveled to Malinalco, in Central Mexico with a group of 12 artist/designers from the graduate program at Pratt Institute and sponsored by the not for profit organization Project El Rincón de Malinalco.  Worked with local woodcarvers, carpenters, and weavers to create a product line that represented the local traditions and skills combined with the design expertise of designers from New York.

2010 Co-organizer and Participant, The Guyana Project
 

An initiative that combined cultural, material and process research with design competencies and onsite manufacturing in a factory focused on sustainable and ecological manufacture in Guyana, South America.  Eleven designers from the graduate program at Pratt Institute worked in close collaboration with artisans at the Liana Cane Factory and with the indigenous Wai Wai community to produce a new collection of products and furniture made from renewable and local non timber forest products.  The project was aimed at developing a partnership with the artisan workers, creating an exchange rather than a traditional model of manufacturing used by industrialized nations.

2001-2003 Smart Design and OXO; and Coalition for the Homeless; directed research for Industrial
  Design Graduate Students
1990 Founded The Association of Women Industrial Designers, AWID, in conjunction with a
 
group of graduate students. Mounted the first exhibition of women product design in the
United States, funded by Timex group USA, Inc., Middlebury, CT., Knoll Manufacturing
Company, East Granville, PA, New York, Pratt Manhattan Gallery and the Pratt Schaffler
Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

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