From May 20 through June 16, HWS Associate Professor of Art Nicholas H. Ruth will participate in the “2009 Sanbao International Printmaking Exhibition,” a group invitational hosted by the Jingdezhen Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute, Shanxi University College of Fine Art, and the Beijing Center Academy of Fine Art, China. The exhibition and symposium was organized by Jiansheng Li, president of the Jingdezhen Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute and program director of the China Ceramic Cultural Exchange. The show is curated by Minna Resnick, artist and printmaker with more than 30 years experience showing nationally and internationally.
“I am excited to have my work included with such excellent printmakers,” says Ruth, who will be traveling with the show to China, touring several university printmaking departments, meeting and working with artists, participating in a printmaking symposium, and interacting with printmakers from several different continents.
The work is funded in part by a Special Opportunity Stipend provided by the New York Foundation for the Arts; they are awarded for opportunities deemed significant to an artist’s professional development.
In February, Ruth had one of his woodcuts in an invitational exhibition in South Korea. The exhibition, called “The Stream of International Prints,” was held at Hongik University in Seoul. He was invited to participate by printmaker Chunwoo Nam, who earned his MFA from the University of Buffalo and has ties to upstate New York. Approximately 70 artists were involved in the exhibition, and hailed from a multitude of countries, including South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Australia, and the United States.
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. He is the president of the Print Club of Rochester and a 2008 recipient of a Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts Individual Artist Grant.