Wedge resident Rebecca Lomuto and her partner Becky Riedman met at the Tap and Mallet over a year ago and shortly afterward embarked on a cross-country road trip which solidified their connection. Now the pair live in the South Wedge together with their two cats, “Bear” and “No Name”. Rebecca identifies as both a member of the Rochester queer community and as an artist, her artwork consists mainly of various photographic, printmaking and bookbinding processes.
Rebecca obtained a BFA in photography from SUNY Purchase in 2013 and was the 2014-2015 Artist in Residence at the Flower City Arts Center where she was fundamental in helping to further develop their fine art printing facilities. She continues to teach courses in intaglio and bookbinding at Flower City as well as other venues throughout the region. Her coordination of Print-a-Month in 2016 worked to connect printmakers on a national level. Rebecca is a member of the Politits: Art Coalition an artist group seeking to build connections and relationships between strong contemporary female makers in the Rochester area.
Rebecca’s previous work is process based and can take on intimate subject matter, as such, she feels a strong desire to give back to the larger community. Currently, she and partner Becky volunteer with RESTORE Sexual Assault Services, a Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York (PPCWNY) program which provides legal and medical information, support, and crisis intervention to survivors of sexual assault and their families. Counselors are available by telephone 24-hours a day, seven days a week and services are free and confidential. RESTORE is co-located along with Bivona Child Advocacy Center on Mount Hope Avenue in the South Wedge.
In her upcoming June residency within the Project Space at Visual Studies Workshop, Rebecca will collaborate with Rochester-native musician Joe Clark in creating a visual and sound installation piece. Rebecca is currently renting studio space at The YARDS a collaborative art space in the heart of the Rochester Public Market which is open from 10am-2pm on Saturdays. You can also catch Becky, a paralegal at a nonprofit law firm, at WAYO 104.3FM on Saturday mornings from 7-8am during her show, Sad Sleepy Slackers.
Find Rebecca online: rebeccalomuto.com