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Barton Rubenstein

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Sculptor Barton Rubenstein
Barton Rubenstein

About Barton Rubenstein

Barton Rubenstein is a nationally renowned sculptor and public artist. He has completed over 50 public art projects around the United States, and internationally. These include city and state projects, parks, corporate, commercial and academic institutions, as well as private residences. He typically works with stainless steel and bronze. Fascinated with various elements of nature, Rubenstein focuses on water, kinetics, light, and suspension. "The goal of my artwork is first to create a level of intrigue, and then to allow for the gradual discovery of its secrets and complexities."
Sculptor Barton Rubenstein
Barton Rubenstein, sculptor and public artist

Exhibition History of Barton Rubenstein

Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, Hilton Head Island, SC, National Competition 2012
DC Design House, Washington, DC 2012
Eleven Eleven Sculpture Space, Washington, DC 2011
Zenith Gallery at Chevy Chase Pavillion, Washington, DC 2011
Official Residence of the Vice President of the United States, Washington, DC (Solo) 2010
Friendship Heights Village Center, Chevy Chase, MD, (Solo) 2010
Annmarie Garden Sculpture Park and Arts Center, a subsidiary of the Hirshhorn Museum, Solomons, MD, 2008
Sidwell Friends School, Washington, DC, Daryl Reich Rubenstein Memorial Guest Artist, 2006
Rio Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2003
Benziger Family Winery, Glen Ellen, CA, 2001-2007
National Symphony Orchestra Decorators` Show House, Washington, DC, 2001
Brookside Gardens, Wheaton Regional Park, MD, 1996-1998, 2000-2001
Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC, 1997-2000
Stadler`s Nursery, Laytonsville, MD, 2000
Montgomery College Art Gallery, Rockville, MD, 1999
Quietude Garden Gallery, East Brunswick, NJ, 1997-1999
Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York, 1998
Shidoni Galleries, Tesuque, New Mexico, 1998-
Strathmore Hall Arts Center, North Bethesda, MD, 1998
Mill Valley Sculpture Gardens, Mill Valley, CA, 1998-2007
Organization of American States, Washington, DC, 1997
Capital Arts Gallery, Washington, DC, 1996, 1997
Design Center of Washington, DC, 1996-7.

Biography / CV of Barton Rubenstein

For Barton Rubenstein, becoming a sculptor has been the culmination of many life experiences and skills learned along the way. Involved in the world of art for all of his life, Rubenstein has worked with numerous art forms such as lithography, etching, woodcuts, architectural drawing, and sculpture. As a child, Rubenstein enjoyed creating large-scale snow sculptures with his father and siblings. Under the care and guidance of his mother, who herself was an art historian and curator at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Rubenstein developed at an early age a discerning and aesthetic eye from a diverse exposure to art.

Trained in physics and mechanical engineering at Haverford College, Pennsylvania, Rubenstein then spent six years completing his MSc and PhD at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, studying the brain and visual sciences. This research focused on how we visually perceive the world.

Rubenstein developed a keen interest in sculpture that incorporates water and kinetics from his love of sailing and canoeing. Having canoed for many years on the lakes and rivers of Maine and Canada, he has spent many a moment plotting a passage through a raging river. This is where he became fascinated and mesmerized with the various patterns of water. His love of sailing and interest in the forces of wind on a sail has led him to explore kinetic components in his art, powered both by wind and the movement of water.

Rubenstein`s unique and diverse life experiences have led him into the world of art with a unique perspective. His physics and engineering abilities allow him to explore designs and fabricate sculpture that are intricate and complex, while his scientific research allows him to incorporate visual phenomena and interesting perceptual illusions. Finally, his early exposure to art and his acquired sense of aesthetics has afforded him a clear understanding of what makes art successful and captivating. These include a sense of balance, simple elegance, clean powerful lines, and the use of unsuspecting features that allow art to be enjoyed and appreciated on different levels.

Artist Statement of Barton Rubenstein

Having been raised with the credo that one should make "the world a little better and more beautiful for the next generation, " Rubenstein chose art as his life`s work.

"As an artist, I am moved by the possibility of making someone else`s life more meaningful, less stressful, or simply bringing out a smile. I imagine each of these positive changes beginning a chain reaction of other positive human interactions. The idea of this brings me great pleasure. In fact, it is from the enthusiastic comments of patrons or those who have visited my public art, that I derive the fuel and desire to create art. When I create art, I imagine it as a small, delicate and seemingly insignificant drop of water landing on the surface of a pond. Immediately, a ring of ripples are formed around it and slowly, and almost imperceptibly they move outwards, reaching out and touching even the most remote edges of the pond.".

Awards and Prizes of Barton Rubenstein

2016
Distinguished Alumni Award, Sidwell Friends School, Washington, DC
2015
CODiE Best Arts&Creativity Award, Software&Information Industry Association
2013
Creativity Award, Moment Magazine
2010
Maryland General Assembly Official Citation, In recognition of his expression through the public art sector
2009
Best of Bethesda Award: Arts and Sculpting, Maryland
2006
Daryl Reich Rubenstein Memorial Guest Artist, Sidwell Friends School, Washington, DC
2005
Member of Special Committee at National Academies: Designed the next generation US $100 paper currency, commissioned by the Bureau of Printing and Engraving
1998
Greater Silver Spring, MD, Chamber of Commerce, Business Beautification Award
Montgomery County, MD, Award of Excellence, Community Professional, Level 1
1998
County Executive of Montgomery County, MD, Award of Recognition and Appreciation.

Finalist in over 25 national competitions in states including: CA, FL, IA, IL, OH, LA, MD, MI,&VA

AFFILIATIONS
Member of Committee at National Academies to design the next generation US currency, commissioned by the Bureau of Printing and Engraving, Washington, DC, 2005-2007
International Sculpture Center
Board Member of the Washington Sculptors Group, Washington, DC, 1997-2002

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Barton Rubenstein

2010
Official Residence of the Vice President of the United States of America, Washington, DC, 2010
Somerset House Condominiums, Chevy Chase, MD, 2010
Winston House Apartments, Washington, DC, 2010
Seminole State College, Sanford, Florida, 2010
2008
Prescott Condominiums, Arlington, VA
NSF International, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Van Ness East Condominiums, Washington, DC
2007
Sidwell Friends School, Washington, DC
2005
Kris and Thomas Clark, Omaha, NE
Dale and Alan Singer, Phoenix, AZ
Somerset Elementary School, Chevy Chase, MD
2003
Temple Emanuel, Charleston, SC
Judy and Leo Zickler, Bethesda, MD
Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
2002
Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, Alexandria, VA
Avalere Health, LLC, Washington, DC
Katherine and Lawrence Jacobs, Santa Fe, NM
Millennium Building, Washington, DC
2001
Neurovision, Ltd., Ramat Gan, Israel
2000
Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC
1999
Ryna and Melvin Cohen, Martha`s Vineyard, MA
Lisa and Mark Kopkin, Alpharetta, GA
1998
Blue Cross Blue Shield Regional Headquarters, Rochester, NY
Brookside Gardens Visitor`s Center, Wheaton, MD
1997
The Blairs, The Tower Companies, Silver Spring, MD
Crowell and Moring, LLP, Washington, DC
1996
Blair East Apartments, The Tower Comps., Silver Spring, MD.

Reviews of work by Barton Rubenstein

2010
Gazette Newspapers, Maryland
FOX5 News, Washington, DC
2007
In Sight Magazine, Maryland
2006
Green Banana, Humber, College, Canada
Next Door News, Bethesda, MD
2005
Findlay Living, Ohio
2004
Home and Design Magazine
The Post and Courier, Charleston, SC
2002
Washington Post
2001
East County Observer, Sarasota, FL
2000
Montgomery Gazette, MD, 1998
Washington Times, Washington, DC
Watershapes, Fullerton, CA
1998
Marine Independent Journal, Marine, CA
Montgomery County, MD, TV, Channel 21
Washington Jewish Week, Rockville, MD
1997
Montgomery Journal, Wheaton, MD
WJLA TV, Channel 7, Washington, DC.

Public Works of Barton Rubenstein

NATIONAL COMPETITION AWARDED COMMISSIONS
2011 University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MA
2010 University of Connecticut Waterbury, Waterbury, CT
2008 Redwood Shores Library, Redwood City, CA
2006 Department of Mental Health, Summit Behavioral Healthcare, Cincinnati, OH
2005 Owens Community College, Findlay, OH
Boone County National Bank, Columbia, MO
2004 Jefferson at Congressional Village, Rockville, MD
2003 University of Central Florida, Student Union, Orlando, FL
2001 Bridgerland Applied Technology College, Logan, UT
Florida Turnpike Authority Headquarters, Orlando, FL
1998 Baldomero Lopez State Veterans Home, Land O`Lakes, FL.

Qualifications / Education of Barton Rubenstein

1994
Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC, 1994
1994
Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, PhD in Neuroscience, MSc in Mathematics and Computer Science
1985
Haverford College, Haverford, PA, BSc in Physics, Minor in Fine Arts
1981
Sidwell Friends School, Washington, DC, High School Degree.

Publications / Media / Bibliography of Barton Rubenstein

2012
"Masters in Landscape and Public Sculpture", Phoenix Publishing
2011
"100 Artists of the Mid-Atlantic", Schiffer Publishing
2010
"Best of Artists", Kennedy Publishers Rooney, E. Ashley, 2008
Goode, James M., "Washington Sculpture: A Cultural History of Outdoor Sculpture in the Nations Capital", The Johns Hopkins University Press
2007
"Public Art, A World`s Eye View: Integrating Art Into The Environment", ICO Publishers

As a former scientist, I have published in the following scientific journals:
Journal of Science, Journal of the Optical Society of America, Journal of Spatial Vision, Journal of Perception and Psychophysics, Scientific American, NPR, Time Magazine, New York Times, Boston Globe, USA Today, Orange County Register, CA, Jerusalem Post and Ha`Aretz, Israel, and Andhra Jyuthi, India.

Price Range of Work

Barton Rubenstein's work has a price range from £23,334 to £133,334

Mediums utilised

Barton Rubenstein's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Barton Rubenstein's work is found in the following categories on site:
Stainless Steel Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculpture (10)
Abstract Contemporary or Modern Outdoor Outside Exterior Garden / Yard Sculptures Statues statuary (9)
Monumental Sculptures (7)
Abstract Contemporary or Modern Large Public Art sculpture Statues statuary (7)
Abstract Modern Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines statuary both Indoor Or outside (6)
Modern Abstract Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures or Statues or statuettes or statuary (5)
Water Features, Fountains and Cascades (5)
Minimalist Understated Abstract Contemporary Sculpture statuary statuettes (4)
Public Art Sculpture (4)
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures (2)
Repetitive Form / Shape Abstract Sculptures / Statues (2)
Light and Sound sculpture (2)
Kinetic or Mobile Sculpture or Statue (2)
Geometric Sculpture Statues statuary statuettes. Usually Abstract Contemporary Modern work
Focal Point Abstract Contemporary Modern sculpture statue
Indoor Inside Interior Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine
Spiral Twisted sculpture / statue / carving
Love / Affection Sculpture
Surrealist Sculpture
Human Form: Abstract Sculptures

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