Professor of Art and Architecture Nick Ruth and his unique approach to printmaking will be featured during WXXI-TV’s Arts InFocus segment TONIGHT, Nov. 11 at 8:30 p.m. and again on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m.
On the weekly PBS show, which features Rochester region’s notable artists and organizations, Ruth discusses how his prints express his perspectives on modern communication and on art itself. While some associate printmaking with the mass production of art, Ruth’s refreshing approach shows how the medium can be used to make thoughtful originals.
“When I am making a print, it’s a one of a kind right from the beginning,” says Ruth during his interview. “I’m not intending to reproduce it and I’m imagining it as a single image as if it were a drawing or a painting. That allows me to be experimental, exploratory.”
Many of Ruth’s pieces depict communication technology, such as cell phone towers and billboards, in vibrant colors and forms that explore the “complexity of what communication is about.”
Arts InFocus is a collaboration with more than 30 PBS stations across the country – sharing content with each other to spotlight arts and cultural scenes of communities nationwide. Arts InFocus is made possible in part by a grant from the Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Foundation.
Ruth joined the faculty of Hobart and William Smith 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.
The segment with Ruth can also be watched at WXXI-TV’s Arts InFocus Facebook page.