Director of Programming
Rubina’s craft includes fiber arts, installation, performance, photography, printmaking, publishing, video, and web development. They are a creative non-fiction writer of prose and poetry.
Rubina studied art, education and women’s studies at Portland Community College (PCC) and Portland State University (PSU). They hold a Video Production Certificate from PCC and a Certificate in Writing from the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC).
They work as the Practical Arts & Handwork Teacher at Tomorrow River Community Charter School. Between January and June Rue facilitates an after school art program for youth independent study. Their background includes teaching summer camp, after school, and evening classes to youth and adults through Portland's Independent Publishing Resource Center and Saturday Academy, a STEAM program for K-12. Curriculum has included natural fiber sculpture, bookbinding, video production, animation, blog writing, and travel studies through hand work. They use a feminist framework in developing curriculum and creating a safe learning space.
In the past they have volunteered for Project Grow, an organization providing art and farm opportunities to people with developmental disabilities. Rue worked at the Independent Publishing Resource Center since 2010 as a Letterpress Shop Steward, Bookbinding Steward and Community Outreach Facilitator. They were the Chief of Staff/Volunteer Coordinator of the Experimental Film Fest PDX for two years. In their early days, they volunteered time at the Albany Damien Center, an HIV/AIDS community space in Upstate New York.
Between 2016-2017 Rue co-created and directed The Pigeons Studio and Gallery in Portland, Oregon along with the help from its 15 volunteers. This space curated 10 art shows, multiple workshops and consigned over 40+ local female identified artists during its one year.
Throughout 2017 Rue was the farm manager for Prior Day Farm. This farm hosted international artists and held workshops focusing on Butoh through its parent organization, Water in the Desert, a non-profit bridging art and sustainable land practices.
Currently Rubina and Zay have started Tomorrow River Homestead. This 4.5 acre farmette in Central Wisconsin will be hosting artist residencies through its open studio space and provide housing in the 60 year old refurbished rest home/boarding house. Artists not only have access to the Tomorrow River in the backyard, but the means to create art in our quaint fiber, printmaking, (and eventual) clay and darkroom studios.
Seven Segments | Project in Process | 2016
with Pippa Possible and Kara McMullen
Sou’wester Day Two | 2014 | Travel Video
estate : identity | 2014 | image + text
4- 20 x 30 photo prints
1- inventory of everything owned
categorized by item name, type, year attained, sentimental price, means of attainment, collection items and received from.