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:
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.

Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Huffington Post, the NY Daily News, 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 galleries and museums including the Yeshiva University Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, Anne Frank Center For Mutual Respect, Center for Jewish History, the Mizel Museum, Reginald Lewis Museum of African-American Art, Canton Museum of Art, and the Holocaust Memorial Center.

Verwer received critical acclaim for her "Urim & Tumim" paintings, as well as her "Tightrope" installation at New York's Yeshiva University Museum. Her "Kabbala of Bling" series comments on the appropriation of Kabbala by pop icons.

Her “City Charms” and “Temple Talismans” amulet prints invoke protection from acts of destruction on buildings, particularly 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 lectured at The Jewish Museum, 14 St Y, the JCC Manhattan, the Isabelle Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, and many other venues.

She serves on the advisory boards of Art Kibbutz - the International Jewish Artist Residency, Zeek - A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture, Jewish Art Now, Art Sprinter, and the Jewish Design Collective.

Verwer's work can be viewed at

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