ARTIST BIOGRAPHY & STATEMENT
Rebecca Alston is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist and architectural designer. She is known for her rigorous exploration of color and form, meticulous use of line, and the integration of scientific principles within the visual arts. Her strong foundation has led to the investigation and innovative approaches to experimental mixed media work on paper, canvas, reliefs, and space. Her most recent work explores the tension between environmental, social, and political issues.
Alston pursued post-graduate programs for several years at New York University and the professional program at Harvard University GSD. She obtained her BFA from Auburn University and an M.A. in Architecture from Kansas State University, where she was also an Assistant Professor in Environmental Design and Color Theory and Perception.
She also maintains a studio on the Gulf Coast and has lived in London and traveled extensively in Asia. She has exhibited widely in Holland, Japan, and England as well as in Mississippi, Chicago, Kansas City, Washington D.C., and New York City. Alston’s work is in the Permanent Collection of The National Museum of Women in the Arts, The MADI Museum of Art, The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art, and The Mississippi Museum of Art. She was awarded the Bronze Award by the Japanese Government for the Urban Art Plaza she designed in Osaka.
Alston's current bodies of art are dedicated to raising public consciousness. Her series “BioForms” and “Earth's Voice” also address the environmental crisis. These abstract works will be featured in her upcoming exhibition “Elements of Change” in 2019 at the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi Mississippi, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry.
As an artist and environmental activist, she created "Blue World Options" in 2015 to celebrate the signing of the Paris Accord, a pact ratified by 195 countries to reduce greenhouse gases by 2030. For Alston, the spherical new media design expressed optimism, progress, and care and concern for the planet. When the current administration pulled out of the Paris agreement in 2017, Alston chose to revisit "Blue World Options" and create an edition under the new title “Blue World Options - Rising”.
Blue World Options-Rising and other works of art will be featured by NY Tambaran Gallery in the show “Contex” at Miami Art Basel.
EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Harvard University, GSD Professional Development Program
New York University, CM & RE
Dr. Max Lusher. Swill Psychologist Studies in Color Perception
Kansas State University, Masters of Architecture
Auburn University, Bachelors of Fine Arts
National Museum of Women in the Arts & MS State Comittee, Honored Artist at the Governor's Mansion —2002
International Urban Art Plaza Competition, Nagoya, Japan; Bronze Award. 233 Participants from 40 Countries. Only U.S. Winner — 1992
Woodstock School of Art Fellowship Award; Exploring relationships of Deconstruction & Reconstructivist Art and relationship to Architecture—1990
National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
Madi Musuem of Art, Dallas, TX
Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn, AL
Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS
MoMA Drawing and Print Committee 2016-CURRENT
MoMA The Contemporary Art Council 2006-15
The Contemporary Art Council of the MoMA
Liaison between Architecture Department and the CAC
American Institute of Architects, AM