Rebecca Jane Houston is primarily a sculptor and installation artist. She is a member of the Akin Collective and is on the Board of Directors of Mercer Union. Her current work with ceramic casting explores the thing-power of construction waste and the forms of temporary structures made with Kee Klamps, which will be shown at Grow Op at the Gladstone Hotel in April 2017. She has worked with wood found in the alleys of her gentrifying Toronto neighbourhood, both by collecting it to create installations and by painting the discarded objects. Rebecca has recently taught a site-specific installation course for Workman Arts, shown in the Akin Vitrine Gallery and at Project Gallery in the east end. Last year she organized an event with the Toronto Homeless Memorial for Myseum, created a living sculpture installation in Ottawa and had a permanent public work installed on the Queen Street Viaduct. Rebecca also has a curatorial art vending machine project called The Northern Beaver Gallery (since 2011) and has worked in community arts for over 20 years. She received her MFA from York University in 2015 where she taught sculpture and drawing.
2015 MFA,York University, Toronto, ON
2013, BFA Hon., York University, Toronto, ON
1992-96, Geography, Trent University, Peterborough, ON (courses transferred to York University)