A resident of Oberlin, Ohio, Rebecca Cross was born in Texas and raised in Japan and Alaska, and still considers herself a Pacific Northwesterner. She is married to the composer, and her artistic collaborator, Randolph Coleman, with whom she has a daughter and son.
Cross has collaborated extensively with the Double Edge Dance Company, Kora Radella and Ross Feller, artistic directors, at the Cleveland Public Theatre and for the Cleveland Ingenuity Festival. Her textiles appeared in their recent performance at Roulette in NYC in October 2013. She received her MFA in Textiles from the Kent State University School of Art, where she now teaches Surface Design and Professional Practices; she was a Visiting Fellow teaching Art Criticism at Case Western Reserve University in 2009. Solo exhibitions include Untied in 19 Pieces at Praxis Gallery (Cleveland, 2015), Like a River (2013) at The Cleveland Sculpture Center, Absence/Presence (2012) at the Morgan Paper Conservatory; group and invitational exhibits include Threaded at Hedge Gallery (Cleveland, 2016), Superlatives (2011) at the Zanesville Museum of Art in Zanesville, Ohio; Liaisons (2011) with painter Annette Poitau at the FAVA Gallery in Oberlin, Ohio (remounted at the Mansfield Museum of Art in Mansfield, Ohio, in 2014) ; and Correspondence (2010) with Clare Murray Adams at Malone University in Akron, Ohio. Between 2009-2016, Cross participated in artist residencies at the Hungarian Multicultural Center in Budapest, Hungary, at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, at Zygote Press and the Morgan Paper Conservatory, both in Cleveland, and was artist in residence at the Kultur Kommun in Husqvarna Sweden. In 2009, Cross was an American representative in Paris, France, in the ENSAD exhibit, under the aegis of the World Shibori Network. Cross recently co-juried the 2014 Form Not Function National Quilt Exhibition at the Carnegie Center for Art in New Albany, Indiana.
Cross’s work appears in Ann Collier’s Using Textile Arts and Handcrafts in Therapy With Women: Weaving Lives Back Together (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, December 15, 2011); 1000 Artisan Textiles (2010 Rockport Publishers/Quarry Books, Beverly, MA); and in American Craft magazine, June-July, 2010.