Nick H RuthProfessor of Art and Architecture

Joined faculty in 1994

M.F.A. in Painting, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University
B.A. in Studio Art, Pomona College

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Contact Information

Elliott StudioPhone (315) 781-3493Personal Homepage

Scholarly Interest




Courses Taught

Introduction to Drawing

Color and Composition

Advanced Drawing

Representational Painting

Abstract Painting

Intaglio Printmaking

Painting Workshop


Southern Graphics Council International

Mid-America Print Council


In college I chose to become a studio art major because it seemed to me that making art was something that would require me to think about everything. I was able to draw together my emerging interests in philosophy, psychology, sociology, geography, and history. I am passionate about my work today because I still have questions to ask and ideas to explore. At some important level, my work is about paradox, about situations where unlikely things seem to be true at the same time. My interest in paradox is also a source of inspiration for me in my teaching. I am fascinated that through craft and idea, art can sometimes express what is beyond the reach of words. In this sense, art is not a body of knowledge to be mastered or a language in which to become fluent, but instead is a mode of asking questions and being receptive to the unexpected.