Rebecca Webb

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Rebecca Webb (b. Radford, VA, 1967), received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University in 1990. In addition, she completed courses in New York University’s graduate studies program (Steinhardt School of Education and Community Practice), as well as photography and museum studies courses at Harvard University. Webb’s photo-based work draws upon a directorial mode; fusing mythology, land art, and place identity. Through this lens she explores the meaning, significance, and symbolism of specific places and how these perceptions contribute to an individual’s conceptualizations of self and self within the greater society. In 2023, a print from her photographic series The Desert as a Concept and a Place was acquired by the Fort Worth Museum of Art and in 2022, and an image from Hado was added to the Oceanside Museum of Art’s permanent collection. Webb’s series Beyond Index and America Deserta II were selected as a finalist for the highly competitive and international Critical Mass competition top 200 (2023 and 2021). Her work has been shown in exhibitions at the following institutions: The San Diego International Airport, Griffin Museum of Photography, Cannon Gallery, Thomas Kellner Atelier, Center for Fine Art Photography, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, The Cooper Union, San Diego Art Institute, and JDC Fine Art. Webb’s photographs have appeared in both print and online features in: Goldenrod Editions, Luupe, Musee Magazine, Trans Architecture Journal, Fraction Magazine, Fotovisura, among others. Past honors include: two grants from the William Male Foundation, a residency at the Millay Artist Colony, a finalist for the 2019 San Diego Orchid award for her celebrated series Hado, a nomination for the 2017 San Diego Art Prize, and shortlisted for the John Chervinsky Award (Griffin Museum of Photography). Her work is held in both private and public collections, including the collection of Hugh Davies, MOPA, and the City of San Diego.

Webb expanded her artistic practice to sculpture at the start of the pandemic by creating biomorphic and dynamic oceanic and figurative forms in porcelain and stoneware and multi-layered glazes that are permeated with themes of transition, transformation and interdependence which reflect Webb’s personal journey into a new art form. Building on Walt Whitman’s poem "Song of Myself," her work to date explores time over generations and through the millennia. It examines the relationships between mother and child, self and humanity, and how everything is made from the same atoms, even the stars. Her ceramic work is currently being exhibited at the San Diego Airport until January 2024, and has been acquired for hospitality and private collections. A forthcoming exhibition will be at the Techne Art Center in Oceanside, CA in the fall of 2023.

Also an independent curator, Webb recently worked with Oceanside Museum of Art on a major hotel project in Oceanside, CA. In 2018, she produced an immersive "24 hour" installation Ama: Into the Deep for Wonderspaces at the Lafayette Hotel in San Diego, California, and curated the exhibition San Diego: The Architecture of Four Ecologies at the La Jolla Historical Society in La Jolla, California. ‘Four Ecologies’ was called one of the “most memorable” exhibitions in San Diego by the San Diego Union Tribune “2018 shows us what San Diego's art scene aspires to be.”

In 2014, Webb launched and curated/produced the Filmatic Festival at UCSD to present immersive experiences at the intersection of science, cinema, and technology, which ran annually until 2016.