A series of drawings by Professor of Art Nick Ruth are included in the exhibition Amid/In WNY, now on display at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
The exhibition, which opens on Friday, Jan. 15 and runs through Friday, Feb. 26, features Ruth’s “Mixed Signals,” in which he is interested in “things around us that signal our values and desires, and describe how we communicate,” as he writes in his artist statement. An opening reception for the exhibit will run from 8 to 11 p.m. on Jan. 15.
“The drawings in this show are the result of some serious play,” Ruth continues. “I made them because I wanted to reconnect to the immediacy and drama of drawing, where things change on a dime. I wanted to see where the materials might lead me. Of course, I wasn’t an innocent bystander in this process, and my interest in specific aspects of the built environment, not to mention specific kinds of perceptual tensions, kept me aimed in certain directions…These drawings are more musings than anything else. I think it’s important to ponder the odd and obvious, and wonder what we’re in it for.”
Ruth also has a monoprint featured in a national juried show, The Contemporary Print, at Flatbed Press and Gallery in Austin, Texas. The show was selected by Mary Heathcott, executive director of Blue Star Contemporary.
Ruth joined the faculty in 1995, having 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. Ruth then earned his M.F.A. in painting from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.
Ruth’s artwork displayed above is called “Mixed Signals.”