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Rebecca Jane Houston

Biography

Rebecca is a sculptor, painter and art teacher who has also worked in arts-based community development for many years. She works with many kinds of materials to create works that reflect our own actions back to us. Often working with waste, Houston explores the agency of matter and the power that refuse has over us through our bodies, on human/non-human interactions and on the built and natural environment. Rebecca completed her BFA and MFA at York University and currently lives in Toronto. She is a member of the Akin Collective.

Experience

Faculty

Toronto School of Art

Toronto, ON · May 2017 – Present

Course design and instruction for “Mouldmaking and Multiples” and youth art camp “Mix It Up: Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media”.

Course Instructor

Workman Arts

Toronto, ON · September 2016 – November 2016

Worked with a group of artists through Workman Arts/CAMH program to create a site-specific installation at the CAMH construction trailer/hospital showroom. Ended with an exhibition/performance called IN/IMPATIENT centering on themes of mental health and hospitalization.

Teaching Assistant

York University Dep. of Fine Arts Visual Arts

Toronto, ON · September 1, 2013 – May 30, 2015

Taught first year drawing and sculpture fundamentals including woodworking, metal work and conceptual development.

Coordinator Community Development Institute

Ralph Thornton Centre

Toronto, ON · April 2012 – March 2013

Program Manager

SKETCH Working Arts

Toronto, ON · June 2002 – August 2010

Education

MFA

York University

Toronto, ON · Sept. 1, 2013 – May 30, 2015

BFA Hon.

York University

Toronto, ON · Sept. 1 2005 – May 30, 2013

Geography

Trent University

Peterborough, Canada · Sept. 1 1992 – April 30, 1996

courses transferred to York University.

Awards
2014 SSHRC , Joseph Bombardier Graduate Scholarship
2014 Jury’s Choice Award , Grow-Op Jury
2012 Ryan Odette Sculpture Scolarship Award , York University
Exhibitions
2016 Dimensions Variable (Juried Group), The Artist Project, Toronto, ON
2016 Stone and Glass; We are all transient. (Juried City-wide Festival), Myseum Intersections Festival, Toronto, ON
2015 Repair Centre (Juried Group), Wychwood Barns Peter Mckendrick Community Gallery, Toronto, ON
2015 Grow-Op; a Celebration of Landscape and Place (Juried Group), Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON
2015 Cut Twice (Solo), Gales Gallery, Toronto, ON
2015 Encounters (Group), Artscape Yongeplace, Toronto, ON
2014 Fresh Paint, New Construction (Juried Group), Art Mur, Montreal, QC
2014 Grow-Op, a Celebration of Landscape and Place (Juried Group), Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON
Clients

Environmental Defence Ripley's Aqarium Riverside BIA Mabelle Arts