A black and white image of Rebecca Gilbert working with a piece of wood

Expanded Drawing & Print Media (BFA in Fine Arts)

Rebecca Gilbert is coordinator of the Expanded Drawing and Print Media emphasis in the Fine Arts BFA program. She lives and maintains her studio in South Philadelphia and teaches printmaking, book arts and other fine arts courses at University of the Arts; Delaware College of Art and Design, Wilmington; and Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia.  


Rebecca Gilbert’s work exemplifies a dedication to traditional printmaking processes, while her innovation in executing those processes in combination with cut paper and assemblage pushes the boundaries of what a print can be. 

She earned an MFA in Printmaking and Book Arts from UArts and a BFA in Printmaking from Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia. She also studied nontoxic etching at the Grafisk Eksperimentarium, Capileira, Spain. 


  • Inspired by historic moveable book structures and optical devices, Gilbert’s work invites viewers to explore optics, perception and the act of seeing by transforming intricately detailed prints into dimensional works on paper. 

  • She currently serves on the board of the Wood Engravers Network.

  • Gilbert is represented by the Print Center Gallery Store.

  • She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards (below). 

Explore Rebecca Gilbert’s website.

Visit the Fortune Compass and the Dark Star Press site. 

A print of two skulls, foreheads touching, layered with light pink and light yellow gradients.
Rebecca Gilbert, “Momento Mori”







A brown abstract print that resembles both sand and a pelvic bone.
Rebecca Gilbert, “Flapping Mound”







Awards & Accolades 

Gilbert has been recognized numerous times for her work. 

  • Among her most recent awards is an Independence Foundation Fellowship and a Winterthur Artist/Maker Fellowship that supported the research and creation of her most recent body of work, Visions of Plenty: Observation, Perception, Illusion and Reverie. 

  • She was named an artist-in-residence at Sparkbox Studio in Picton, Ontario, in 2017.

  • Gilbert was awarded with a travel grant from the Center for Emerging Visual Artists in 2015; she attended the OCHO Artist Residency in Questa, New Mexico.

  • To support her exploration of wood engraving at the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, West Virginia, she received a Surdna Foundation Enrichment Grant in 2013.

  • Her work has been included in exhibitions regionally, nationally and internationally, including at the

    • Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Florida; 

    • Print Center, Philadelphia; 

    • International Print Center New York, New York; and 

    • Palacio Huerto Ruano, Lorca, Spain.