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Grant Puts Paint to Canvas

In a Rochester home studio, a well-exhibited artist is ardently at work. Painting, exploring, experimenting. That artist is the Colleges’ Associate Professor of Art Nicholas H. Ruth, who explains, “I’ve been pursuing a number of ideas on a small scale, ranging from painterly improvisation to the question of how we humans are in a constant battle to control the world around us.” Fortunately for Ruth, the scale of his ideas is getting bigger. Ruth is the 2008 recipient of a Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts Individual Artist Grant. “I am very excited about the grant,” Ruth says. “I plan to fund the making of a series of large oil paintings, so I can see what happens when I’ve got more room to work with.” The Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, established in 1994, was created to support local writers and artists, especially within the Finger Lakes region. Founded after the death of Constance Saltonstall, a painter and photographer, the foundation awards annual grants to literary and visual artists living in central or western New York State. Several of those grants have gone to HWS faculty, including Professor of Art Michael Bogin for art and Associate Professor of English Melanie Conroy-Goldman for literature. Writers and artists use the grant in a variety of ways to support current creative endeavors, from buying materials to preparing exhibitions to funding the writing of a novel. A faculty member at HWS since 1995, Ruth holds a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College in California and completed his master’s of fine arts at Southern Methodist University in Texas. He has exhibited work at the Academy Art Museum in Maryland, the Atlanta Artists Center in Georgia, Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Arts Festival, Western Illinois University, and in the Hartnett Gallery at the University of Rochester. Ruth also presented his work at Central Michigan University, Alfred University, and the Printmaking Institute at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and has appeared in several additional galleries and national juried exhibitions.

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