Ruth Stanford received an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2005 and a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000. She also holds BS and MS degrees in Zoology and worked as an endangered species ecologist prior to beginning a career in art. Before joining the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design faculty, Stanford served as an adjunct professor at Chatham College and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and the University of St. Francis in Illinois.
Ruth Stanford’s art practice revolves around installation and site-specific sculpture with particular media chosen in service to concept. Her work draws from and expands on personal reflection to create broader metaphors relevant to the world at large. Much of her work explores history and notions of presence/absence, permanence/impermanence, fiction/reality, conscious/unconscious. She views each element of a particular work as an individual data point referencing a complex phylogeny of personal and collective experience.
Double X. Herberger College School of Art Step Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Talent Show: The Atlanta Biennial. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. Atlanta, Georgia.
Metal Art. Foundry Art Centre, Saint Charles, Missouri
All Together Now. Creative Research Laboratory, University of Texas at Austin.
Recent exhibitions include
A (new) Genre Landscape, City of Atlanta Public Parks, Atlanta, GA
Cryptoecology, Eyedrum Gallery, Atlanta, GA
What Remains. The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA;
Scenescence, Future Tenant Art Space, Pittsburgh, PA;
Hidden in Plain Sight / The Forest in the City. Three Rivers Arts Festival Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA;
Musee de Monoian, New York, New York;
Art All Night, Lawrenceville. Pittsburgh, PA;
Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards Exhibition.
Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton NJ;
CASA. Fe Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA;
LOOM 3. Chatham Label Mill, Pittsboro, NC;
Shock and Awesome. Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA;
AMP: An Exhibition of Local Artists at the Warhol. Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA;
November 22, 1963: Image, Memory, Myth, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA;
Contemporary Art Celebrating Life, Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, PA.