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“As a maker, jewelry presents endless opportunities to form intimacy through a wearable piece of art. These jewels are symbols of the splendor and romance I find in flowers, also the most immediate material for self-adornment since ancient times. Floral forms relate directly to the wearer, the exchange between us is personal with every piece I create. ” Ruta

Ruta Reifen, born in Jerusalem, Israel, 1984.

Received honors B.Design in Jewelry Design from Shenkar College of Design , Israel, 2009. In 2011 she received an honors MFA from the Jewelry + Metals department at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Ruta keeps her own studio practice in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Represented with Sienna Patti Contemporary, MA, her work has shown in Israel, Europe, the United States, and is part of the permanent collection at Museum of Art and Design, NY, and Penland Gallery, NC and shown at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, OR.

Ruta’s teaching experience include Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI), School of Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA), Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY), Shenkar College of Engineering & Design (Israel), 92nd Street Y (Manhattan, NY), Brooklyn Metal Works (Brooklyn, NY) and Penland School of Crafts (Penland, NC).

Ruta is the co-founder and creator of Platforma, a curatorial initiative that promotes contemporary art jewelry in alternative presentations, to expand a collecting audience.

RUTA REIFEN- CV
Email : info@rutareifen.com

Website: www.rutareifen.com

 

EDUCATION:

 

5/2011
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Master of Fine Arts degree

6/2009
Shenkar College of Design, Tel Aviv, Israel

Bachelor of Fine Arts degree

2001-2002
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, UK

Continuing Education Certificate

 

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

 

2006- Current

 

2014-2015

 

 

2014-Current
RUTA REIFEN JEWERY- Owner

 

Rhode Island school of Design, J&M department, Visiting Part-time Professor

 

Platforma- Curatorial Projects. Creator & Co-Founder

2013- Current
Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY- Instructor

2012-Current
School Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA- Part-time visiting Professor

 

2011-Current
92Y Jewelry Center, New York, NY- Instructor

 

2013-2014
Artist-in-Residence Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY

 

3-5/2013

 

 

2012-2013
Penland School of Crafts Visiting Professor, Spring Concentration Session, Prototype to Prototype, Penland, NC

 

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY- Visiting Part-time Professor

 

2011-2013
Grinnel Designs Ltd. High-End Fashion Jewelry ,New York, NY

-Management of production lines and design development for fashion jewelry collections

-Creative decision making and inspirational sourcing for and with clients .

2009-2011
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI-  Graduate Instructor

 

 

 

EXHIBITIONS & WORKSHOPS:

 

9/2015

 

 

3/2015

 

 

 

9/2014

 

 

7/2014
 

Israeli Jewelry 7, An Israeil Art Jewelry Exhibition, Eretz Israel Museum, Tel-Aviv, Israe

 

Co-Curator; The Grass Is Always Greener-Overseas, An Exhibition of American and Swedish jewelry artists, Schmuck 2015, Munich, Germany

 

Co-Curator; Wear It Loud, Contemporary Art Jewelry Exhibition, Reinstien|Ross Gallery,  New York, NY

 

All is Dvash, Solo Exhibition, Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA

 

5/2014

 

 

3/2014

 

 

2/2014

 

 

12/2013

 

 

11/2013
Co-Curator; F-1, An international Contemporary Jewelry Exhibition, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY

 

White Gold: The Appeal of Lustre, Juroed Group Exhibition, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

 

Bijoux! 2014, International Juried Jewelry Exhibition, Norton Museum, Palm Beach, FL

 

Visiting Artist Worksop, Fast and Furios-Making Virtually, Jewelry Design Department,. Shenkar College of Design, Israel

 

Portrait de Femme, Juried Trio Show, DCA Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
6/2013
ThirteenTwentyThree, Juried Group Exhibition, Brooklyn, NY

 

5/2013
Collective.1 Design Fair with Sienna Patti Contemporary, Peir57 New York, NY

 

3-6/2013
Wear it or NOT: Recent Jewelry Acquisitions, Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY

2/2013
Bijoux 2013- International Juried Jewelry Exhibition, Norton Museum, Palm Beach, FL

 

1/2013
Visiting Professor; Graduate Seminar- Character to Object, Shenkar College of Design, Israel

 

12/2012
Craftforms, Annual International Craft Exhibition, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania

 

5/2012
All City All Stars, Core77 New York Design Week Show - Juried Design Exhibition, Bowery Gallery, NY

 

 

3/2012
 

Refined 7- Exhibition and Competition for Jewelry Artists, Nacogdoches, TX

 

12/2011
Visiting Artist Workshop, Shenkar College of Design, Israel

 

8/2011
Galerie Marzee, International Graduate Exhibition, Nijmegen, Holland

 

5/2011
Rhode Island School of Design, Convention Center, Providence, RI Graduate MFA Exhibition
10/2010
Museum of Art and Design, LOOT- International Juried Jewelry Show, New York, NY

 

4/2010
Black Sheep Project, Eddy Street Gallery -Juried Art Show, Providence, RI

 

3/2010
Ring My Belle, Group Exhibition, Kris Graves Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

 

8/2009
Galerie Marzee, International Graduate Exhibition, Nijmegen, Holland
 

WORK in Gallery/Collections:

Sienna Patti Contemporary, Lenox, MA

 

Museum of Art and Design (MAD), New York, NY

 

Museum of Contemporary Craft, TGS, Portland, Oregon

 

Gallery Loupe, Montclair, NJ

 

Penland Gallery, Penland, NC

 

AWARDS and ACHIEVEMENTS:

 

10/2012
Board member of The American Committee for Shenkar College of Design, New York, NY

 

9/2011
Addition to permanent collection at the Museum of Art and Design, Floral Charades collection, New York, NY

 

5/2011
Honors  MFA Degree, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

 

3/2010
Annual Pin Design,  The National Woman’s Division, Israel Bonds Award, New York, NY

 

5/2010
Prize for Academic Achievements, Rhode Island School of Design, Department of Jewelry and Matelsmithing Award, Providence, RI

 

2007/2008/

2009
Prize of Excellence in Studies, Shenkar College of Design, Tel Aviv, Israel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to Buy

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