Professor of Art and Architecture Nicholas Ruth was awarded “Best in Show” at the 2014 Southern Printmaking Biennale. As the recipient, Ruth has been given a solo exhibition at the University of North Georgia in the fall of 2015, and will be the juror for the next Southern Printmaking Biennale, to be held there in 2016. The exhibition was juried by Ericka Walker, assistant professor of art at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, who wrote a juror’s essay discussing Ruth’s work.
In her juror’s statement, Walker calls Ruth’s work a “suite of stunning abstract scapeworks.” She notes it “jumped out conspicuously” as she reviewed the image list and, “in the end, stood up as an exceptionally strong and cohesive visualization of a desperately near future.”
“In Ruth’s world the modern experiment has gone awry, and the holes and buildings are at best our final hideouts, and at worst simply grave markers of our recent collective past. Crossing the line from the information age into one of massed data and automatic media, where nuanced interpretation ends and simple storage begins, is a form of death,” Walker says. “That our bodies may still be in there, too, in delicate bubble-like suspension or long-term collection, suggests that the apprehensions of modern science fiction are coming home to roost. …Thank you Nick Ruth.”
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.
“I’m very pleased that my prints were selected as Best in Show, especially because the show includes the work of so many artists I greatly admire,” says Ruth.
The photo above features Ruth’s work, “Sentinel II,” in monotype and colored pencil, which was part of the suite of works to earn Best of Show.