Nicholas Ruth

This Way II
22×30 monoprint and colored pencil, 2015


The work of Nicholas H. Ruth pictures aspects of the built environment that symbolize the overriding needs and wants of contemporary American life. Ruth depicts the ubiquitous means of communication in our visual landscape, in the form of satellite dishes, cell towers, billboards and signage. These objects represent a relentless march toward access to people and information, commodification and persuasion, substituting connectivity for connection.


Originally from Philadelphia, Nicholas Ruth did his undergraduate work at Pomona College, and received his MFA in Painting from the Meadow’s School of Art at Southern Methodist University. His work has been exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, including shows such as the 9th Triennale Mondiale de l’Estampe Camalieres, 2nd Global Print 2015 Portugal, the Pacific States Biennial, and the Atlanta Print Biennial. He has received recognition for his work from the Dallas Museum of Art, The New York State Council on the Arts, and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation. Ruth lives and works in western New York State, where he is a Professor of Art at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.