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Resumé of Rita Bernstein


  • University of Pennsylvania, Burrison Gallery One Woman Exhibition, Philadelphia PA
          “Blessings & Blossoms” 35 Artworks: Silk Textiles, Icons, Paintings

  • Paoli Hospital and Cancer Research  Center
          "Blessings and Flora" 40 art works: Silk Textiles, Paintings

  • Indian River County Cultural Council, Vero Beach FL
           “Inspired Art “ Juried Group Traveling Exhibit

  • County Administration Buildings Opening, Juried Group Installation

  • Villanova University  Villanova PA -“The Other Side of Art” Juried Group Exhibition, Villanova PA

  • AH HAA School of the Arts, Telluride, Colorado “Faculty Exhibition”, Silk Sculptures

  • Telluride Historical Museum:
         “History of Telluride” Silk Textiles

  • Villanova University  Villanova PA - Purchase and Installation of Four Story Silk Textile Lanterns in Campus Monestery

  • Tucson Jewish Community Center, Tucson, Arizona - One Woman Exhibition “Jewish Ceremonial Art; A Silk Celebration of Life’s Passages”

  • Center for Spiritual Care “Psalms in Silk” exhibition of One Woman Show 40 silk paintings with accompanying workshop Center for Spiritual Care, Vero Beach, FL.

  • Silk Expressions, Traveling Exhibition One Woman Show featuring Apparel, and Accessories:  Nantucket, MA, Philadelphia, PA, Paradise, CA

  • Azalea Project, Exhibition and demonstration of painting with workshop:  At Sands Islands, Jacksonville, FL, Sebastian, FL

  • Philadelphia Fairmount Park Azalea Gardens, Philadelphia, PA

  • Azalea Project Exhibits continuation;Flare’s Village Café and Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Vero Beach, FL

  • King Street Gallery, “Garden Prayers” St. Augustine, FL - Juried one-woman exhibition - sculpture, textiles, and watercolors

  • Abington Art Center, Contemporary Craft Arts, Abington, PA - Juried exhibition - silk textiles and jewelry

  • Siloam Ministries, “Art and Soul” Philadelphia, PA - Invitational exhibition - textiles and watercolors

  • Artists Uniting Religion and Art “Aura” New Hope, PA - Invitational exhibition –Thompson Memorial Presbyterian Church-silk textiles

  • Lutheran Theological Seminary – silk textiles & sculpture

  • High Point International Home Accessory Trade Show 2000, Highpoint, NC - Juried exhibition - textile display in “The Old Silk Route”

  • AH-HAA School for Arts, Telluride, CO - Collaborative Performance, public events creating willow sculptures, Invitational one-woman exhibition - painting, sculpture, and textiles

  • Grovewood Gallery, Asheville, NC - Juried exhibition - silk textiles, and clay sculptures.

  • Balch Institute and Episcopal Churches of Delaware Valley, Philadelphia, PA -Juried international exhibition - “New Faces of Faith” ceremonial artworks in silk

  • Neiman–Marcus, “Guest Artist Exhibition”, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Bal Harbor, FL - Juried exhibition - silk textiles, and silk apparel

  • Villanova-Rosemont Faculty Show, Villanova, PA - Invitational exhibition – “Sculpture Garden in Miniature Landscape”

  • Villanova University Art Gallery, “Celebration in Silk” Villanova, PA - One-woman exhibition - stone and clay sculpture, silk textiles, photo documentary slide show

  • Temple University Libraries “The Alchemy of Heart and Hand” Philadelphia, PA - 10th Anniversary exhibition Turtle Island Press, - silk textiles in hand bookbinding

  • Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA Juried group exhibition - textiles and sculpture - Juried group exhibition - textiles and sculpture

  • Moore College of Art, Alumni Show, Philadelphia, PA - Juried exhibition - textiles and sculpture - Juried group exhibition - textiles and photographs

  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA - Juried one-woman exhibition - sculpture, textiles, and graphic prints

  • Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA - Invitational exhibition - alabaster, bronze, ceramic sculptures and graphic design works

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA - Created and installed three, three-story wall hangings suspended in main lobby - Paintings on glass frontage of main building at Massachusetts Avenue


Selected Collections, Awards, Honors and Commissions

  • Villanova University Art Collection, Villanova, PA - Permanent installation and purchase thirty-six Silk Paintings in Connelly Center

  • AIDS WALK Honoree” of AIDS DAY, for outstanding services to community. Treasure Coast Community AIDS Network “TCCAN” Fort Pierce, FL

  • Florida Community Health Center, Community Service Award, Ft. Pierce, FL . Jesse Robinson Memorial Award for “Outstanding Community Service.”

  • Fellowship Recipient of Moore College of Art; Sarah W. Peters Education Fellowship for European Travel,     teaching art and making photo documentary.

  • Alliance 2000, Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA - Honorable Mention, Outdoors sculpture exhibition. Site specific design competition.

  • Philadelphia Art Teachers Association Award for Excellence in Teaching, Philadelphia, PA, Juried by independent consultants, evaluation of all age groups and curriculum.

  • Travel Fellowship to "Sherut Laam" Work and study Program in Israel

  • Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA - Designed & sculpted silk costumes for dramatic performance and dance

  • Annenberg, University of Pennsylvania, “Landis and Company” Philadelphia, PA - Designed and painted original silk costume for famed Magician: Landis Smith


Professional Positions

  • Disney Corporation, Vero Beach, FL - Art Educator, Performance Artist and Storyteller

  • Indian River Charter High School, Vero Beach FL. - Art  Faculty in Ceramics and Jewelry Making

  • Vero Beach Museum of Art, Art Education, Vero Beach FL. - Faculty teaching workshops in Sculpture, Textiles, and Outreach Program

  • McKee Botanical Gardens, Vero Beach FL. - Faculty in Drawing Classes, Introduction to Aromatherapy, Advanced Aromatherapy

  • AH-HAA School for the Arts, Telluride, CO - Faculty - teaching workshops in textile techniques design, color, sculptural forms

  • Villanova University,  Art and Art History Department, Villanova, PA - Faculty Position in Painting, Sculpture, Calligraphy, and Foundations.

  • River School, Private School, Roseland, FL - Taught Seminars “Introduction to World Religions” and “Comparative World Religions”.

  • Crefield School, Middle and Upper Private School, Chestnut Hill, PA - Exceptional and Recovery Curriculum. Chair of Art Department, Directed Outreach

  • Chestnut Hill Academy and Springside School, Chestnut Hill, PA - Faculty in Art, taught Woodshop, Metal Shop, and Pottery Shop, 5th thru 12th grades.

  • University of Denpasar, Language Department, Bali, Indonesia - Instructed English language conversation workshops and classes.

  • Radnor Township School District, Radnor, PA -Faculty in Art, Berwyn Elementary to 6th grades Conestoga High School - 9th thru 12th

  • Spring Garden College, Art and Architecture Department, Chestnut Hill, PA - Faculty in Fine Arts: Painting and Sculpture, guest critic in architecture

  • Burlington County College, Satellite Campuses, NJ - Faculty in Life Drawing, Basic Design, Painting, Drawing, and Ceramic Arts

  • Faculty State Correctional High Security Prison – developed, taught art history curriculum.

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Art Department - Faculty Art Department in Textiles, Jewelry-Making, and Foundations.
    Faculty Consultant,Aesthetics of Creative Media, using your Hands & Eyes.” Series.

  • Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Boston, MA - Pilot program in Art Therapy; to 10 pre-school nurseries of retarded children.

  • Summerhill School, Leiston, England - Invited Guest Faculty by Headmaster A.S. Neill, renowned author Of “Summerhill”



University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

        Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture, graduated with Honors

Moore College of Art and Design, Art Education, Philadelphia, PA

        Bachelor of Science in Art Education, graduated with Honors

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