About the Artists

Cynthia Beth Rubin (b. Rochester NY) is a new media artist whose works frequently evoke cultural memories and the imagined past by intertwining photographic elements in complex layers of representation and abstraction. Her fascination with the imagined hidden sensations of unseen history recently led to envisioning the unseen microscopic life.

Rubin's work has been recognized internationally through exhibitions and film festivals, including the Jewish Museum in Prague, the Siberia State Art Museum, the Kyrgyzstan State Museum, and in cities such as Paris, New York, Toronto, Montreal and elsewhere around the world. Rubin's awards include multiple Connecticut Artist Fellowships, the New England Foundation on the Arts, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture and other awards, and artist residencies in France, Israel, Canada, and Scotland.

Rubin produces solo works and collaborative works. Currently collaborating with Oceanographers in the Menden-Deuerlab at the University of Rhode Island, her Plankton Portraits have been shown in a range of venues including the electronic billboard at the Cotton Club in New York City and a presentation at ISEA (International Symposium on Electronic Art) in Dubai and ACM Creativity and Cognition in Glasgow.

Cynthia Beth Rubin holds degrees from Antioch College and the Maryland Institute College of Art in Painting. She serves as Chair of the Digital Arts Committee of ACM SIGGRAPH, and is serves in advisory roles for multiple arts organizations including ISEA, the Jewish Art Salon, Art Kibbutz, and Knowledge Capital in Japan.

Based in New Haven, CT USA, Rubin’s studio practice extends from New York City to Narragansett, Rhode Island, and beyond.

Rubin’s work can be seen at:
http://CBRubin.net

Yona Verwer (b. The Hague) is a Dutch-born artist working in New York. Her art explores identity, urban culture, tikkun olam, and kabbala. Verwer holds a master’s degree in fine art from the Royal Academy of Art in The Netherlands. Works by Verwer are in museum and private collections.


Her art has been featured in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Huffington Post, the NY Daily News, Art Criticism, Ars Judaica, the NY Jewish Week, and in "Tradition and Transformation: Three Millennia of Jewish Art and Architecture" by Ori Z. Soltes.


Verwer has shown (and curated) in numerous venues, including the Jerusalem Biennale, Yeshiva University Museum, Amstelkerk and Reinwardt Academy in Amsterdam, the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, Anne Frank Center USA, the Mizel Museum, Lewis Museum of African-American Art, and the Holocaust Memorial Center. 

Upcoming exhibitions include the Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC, the Skirball Museum, Cincinnati, and the HUC Heller Museum, NYC.


Verwer received critical acclaim for her “Book of Yona” series, as well as her “Urim & Tumim” paintings. Her "Kabbala of Bling" works comments on the appropriation of Kabbala by pop icons. Her “City Charms” and “Temple Talismans” amulet prints invoke protection from acts of destruction on terror-watch-list targets. Her mural work includes a large-scale "7 Days" installation at the SAR High School in Riverdale.


Verwer is the director/co-founder of the Jewish Art Salon, and has presented at The Jewish Museum, the Jerusalem Biennale, and others. She has taught fine arts workshops and designed art curricula at Jewish Journeys / Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. Verwer founded the virtual Open Studios program at the Jewish Art Salon. She is a member of the NY Artists Circle.


Verwer's work can be viewed at
http://yonaverwer.com

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