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Documentary Spotlights Ruth’s Art

A documentary profile of award-winning printmaker and Class of ’64 Endowed Professor of Art and Architecture Nicholas Ruth appears this month on the Rochester area public television station.

Class of ’64 Endowed Professor of Art and Architecture Nicholas Ruth is featured in a documentary “Now This” which began airing periodically on WXXI on Jan. 9.

A counterpart to his most recent exhibit, the film highlights Ruth’s inspiration, vision and artistic process as he composes images of cell towers, billboards and signs that populate empty landscapes.

The film illuminates Ruth’s exhibit, This Way, which opened at Colleen Buzzard Studio in Rochester, N.Y., in early 2020, though has been closed to visitors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This Way includes several new series of print media using a variety of techniques. The large-scale etchings, screenprints and low-relief images using elements of collage, sculpture and printmaking are the result of Ruth’s collaborations with regional artists and HWS students.

View work from This Way.

Ruth’s work has appeared in more than 100 exhibitions nationally and internationally, including shows in China, France, Ireland, Poland, Portugal and South Korea. He was named a semifinalist for the Print Center’s 92nd Annual International Competition in 2018, earning the Bomb magazine award, and his print “Looker” was featured in the 31st annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition at McNeese State University. A dynamic professor and mentor, he teaches courses in drawing, painting and printmaking.

Ruth earned a B.A. in studio art from Pomona College, interned at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and earned an M.F.A. in painting from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. At HWS, he has been recognized with the HWS Faculty Teaching Award as well as the HWS Faculty Prize for Scholarship. Ruth can be reached at or online at