Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Vg Assoc Prof Meridel Rubenstein

Visiting Associate Professor

School of Art, Design and Media
College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

Phone: (+65)6513 8238
Office: ART 4-19

  • MFA University of New Mexico 1977
  • MA Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1973
  • BA Sarah Lawrence College 1970
Present Appointment: Visiting Associate Professor
School: School of Art, Design, Media
Division: Photography and Digital Imaging, 4D Foundations
Date of 1st Appointment: 28 Dec 2006
Academic Qualifications: (State Name of University, year of award & class of honours)
1973-77 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, MA, 1974, MFA, 1977.
MFA Dissertation: “The Circles and the Symmetry-The Mutual Influence of Georgia
O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz”
1972-73 Special Graduate Student in Photography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge,
Massachusetts , student of Minor White.
1965-70 Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York, BA. Film and Social Sciences
Professional Qualifications/Memberships: (State date of membership)
1975 Society of Photographic Education, USA
1985 College Art Association, USA
Summary of Working Experience: (with dates)
2006- present Visiting Associate Professor, School of Art, Design, and Media, Nanyang
Technological University, Singapore
Spring 2006 Artist Residency, Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, County Cork, Ireland
2000-005 Harnish Visiting Artist and Lecturer, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts
1997-2000 Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1990-96 Professor of Art, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1985-90 Associate Professor, Head, Photo Area and Graduate program, Art Department, San Francisco
State University, San Francisco, California
1988-95 Trustee, Ansel Adams Center, Museum of Photography, San Francisco, California
Research Interests
MERIDEL RUBENSTEIN began her professional career in the late 1970's, evolving from photographer of single photographic images to multi-media artist of large-scale installations. From the beginning her artmaking has argued for an awareness of how we are connected to place. Her works are known for their unusual combinations of mediums, materials and ideas. From 1989-93, she collaborated with performance and video artist Ellen Zweig on the traveling exhibition CRITICAL MASS, which took as its subject the intersecting of the scientific and native american worlds during the making of the first atomic bomb at Los Alamos. Following on its heels she was commissioned to make the glass/video/photographic installation Oppenheimer?s Chair for the for the first Site Santa International Biennial. In more recent work, like Joan?s Arc/Vietnam, she uses Vietnam and the American war as a mirror for different ideas in the east and west about nature/ body /place / forgiveness. Large luminous digital prints on handcoated paper combine with video projections and objects in wood and sandblasted glass. Rubenstein has exhibited widely including the 1st SITE Santa Fe International Biennial, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, and The List Center for the Visual Arts at MIT in Cambridge as well as in numerous gallery and Museum traveling exhibitions. In October 2004, BELONGING: Los Alamos to Vietnam/Photoworks and Installations , was published by St. Ann?s Press. This major monograph of twenty years of her work, includes texts by reknown art writers Lucy Lippard, and Rebecca Solnit. In May 2007, her recent work was featured in photograph magazine in New York City.

Meridel Rubenstein was educated at Sarah Lawrence College in New York and did special graduate studies at M.I.T. with eminent photographer, Minor White. She received an M.A. and M.F.A. from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, in 1974 and 1977, where she studied with noted art and photography historian and museum directors Beaumont Newhall and Van Deren Coke. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Bunting Institute at Harvard University, awards from the National Endowment of the Arts, as well as recently from the Pollock Krasner. As an active arts educator for over 25 years, Rubenstein has created photography programs at the College of Santa Fe and the Institute of American Indian Arts in New Mexico and directed the Photography MFA Program at San Francisco State University in California. She was the Harnish Visiting Artist at Smith College, in Northampton, Massachusetts before coming to NTU in 2006. She is currently Visiting Associate Professor at the School of Art, Design, and Media at Nanyang Technoloigcal University in Singapore.
Current Projects
  • Eden in Iraq: Ecological and Cultural Restoration Through Art, Design, and Environmental Science-Growing Beauty with the 7000 Year Old Marsh Arab Culture
  • Heaven Turned On Its Side: The Volcano Cycle

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