Carnegie Mellon University

Jon Rubin

Jon Rubin

Associate Professor of Art, School of Art

Address Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Jon Rubin is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work explores the social dynamics of public spaces and the lives of ordinary individuals. His solo and collaborative projects include creating a game show for ideas, running a gallery that only presents exhibitions on people who live in its neighborhood, opening a fake store in an indoor shopping mall, making a punk band play the same song, over and over, for 5 hours, running his own clandestine restaurant, creating a show with a 10 year old boy, broadcasting an office's telephone conversations through a talking piano, running a neighborhood truck that gives away free homemade goods and services, producing a cable access variety show at a senior center, and most recently developing his own nomadic autonomous art school. He has exhibited video, drawings, installations and public projects internationally including at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico, The Rooseum, Sweden, The de Young Museum, San Jose Museum of Art, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Germany, Nemo Film Festival, Paris, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts,The Albany Museum of Art, New York, The Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, as well as in backyards, living rooms, and street corners. He has received numerous national public art commissions, fellowships, residencies and awards.