Professor of Art and Architecture Nick Ruth was invited to have his work included in the 9th Trienniale Mondiale de l’Estampe, in Auvergne, France. The international printmaking show ran from Oct. 11 through Nov. 9. Ruth had five prints in the show, all of which were made specifically for the exhibition.
“I’m very excited, and honored to be included in the show,” says Ruth, who explained organizers selected some of the participating artists, while others were nominated by international delegates who are experts in the field. He was one of two nominees selected by Karen Kunc, Cather Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
The first Trienniale Mondiale de l’Estampe was held in 1988 and 100 countries have been represented since. The annual event draws approximately 17,000 visitors. Prints selected represented a variety of color and styles, “from the color of South America to the extreme graphic quality of Eastern European countries, the symbolism of monotypes of Africa with modern North American techniques,” organizers explain.
The Triennial also included exhibitions of artists ranging from ancient to contemporary, from both prestigious public and private collections. These exhibits took place in cities throughout the region, as did a number of events designed to raise awareness of the art of printmaking. These included demonstrations of etching and introductory classes in printmaking, among others.
Ruth has been part of the art faculty since 1995. He has taught previously at Brookhaven Community College, Collin County Community College and the Dallas Museum of Art. After earning his B.A. in studio art from Pomona College, he interned at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, N.Y. He then earned his M.F.A. in painting from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.
In the photo above, Professor of Art and Architecture Nick Ruth works in the Katherine D. Elliott Studio Arts Center at HWS.