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Ruth Bernard


My work is a vehicle to express a world confused, packed with tension and aggression... it often describes a world on the edge of chaos, the most peaceful, pastoral scene being riddled with turmoil."
- R. Bernard 2004

Luscious paintings of fruit, interiors, and abundance are misleading. In viewing the work, one thinks immediately of 1800's expressionism, replete with Victorian over-abundance. But dig deeper... Ruth says, " the opulent depictions seem particularly timely now, in today's extravagant and hedonistic atmosphere. Rather than the fullness of earth's riches," we are challenged by her work to see instead " a world of decadence and abuse."


  • 2000: Connecticut Graphic Arts Center, Norwalk, CT (monotype tutorial)
  • 1999 & 93: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
  • 1989: Queens College, CUNY, Flushing, NY, MFA in painting (summa cum laud)
  • Studied with Louis Finkelstein, Gabriel Ladderman, Harold Bruder & Rosemarie Beck
  • 1988: Commsit Summer Painting Program, Queens College, studied with Stanley Lewis & Martha Armstrong
  • 1986: Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, BFA in painting (departmental honors) studied with Dan Kelleher, Rob Moore, and George Nick
  • 1980: Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, Graphic Production
  • 1973: The School of the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, CFA studied with Sandro Graziani

Awards and Honors

  • 2007: Professional Development Grant, Penn-State Berks
  • 2000: PA Council for the Arts, Special Opportunity Stipend
  • 2000: PA Council for the Arts, Professional Development Grant
  • 2000: Who's Who in the World
  • 1999: Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, residencey program
  • 1998: Who's Who of America, East
  • 1996: Who's Who of American Women
  • 1993: Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center
  • 1993: PSA&D Faculty Development Grant
  • 1989: Queens College, summa cum laud
  • 1989: Liquitex Award for Excellence
  • 1988: Queens College graduate scholarship Cumsett summer landscape painting program
  • 1988: The Professional and Business Women Association of Orange, Scholarship
  • 1987: Massachusetts College of Art, Award for Excellence in Painting
  • 1970: Amity Education Award for Excellence in Art
  • 1970: Orange Chamber of Commerce Award
  • 1970: Amity Education Fund Award

Partial Listings of Exhibits

  • 2007: Lynden Gallery, Elizabethtown, PA
  • 2004: Lynden Gallery, Elixabethtown, PA
  • 2004: Penn National Insurance, Harrisburg, PA
  • 2003: Cozen & O'Connor, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2001: Millersville University, Ganser Art Gallery, Millersville, PA
  • 2001: Watshington Art Association, Washington Depot, CT
  • 2001: Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA
  • 2001: Lancaster Galleries, Lancaster, PA
  • 2001 & 1998: Blue Mountain Gallery, NYC
  • 1999: Maryland College of Art & Design, Silver Springs, MD
  • 1999: The Art Works at Doneckers, Ephrata, PA
  • 1996: Hewlett Packard Corporation, Wilmington, DE
  • 1995: Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA
  • 1995 & 91: Here to Timbuktu, Lancaster, PA
  • 1994: Penn State Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA
  • 1994: Cultural Council of Lancaster County, Lancaster, PA
  • 1990: PA School of Art and Design, Lancaster PA
  • 1989: Ward Lawrence Gallery, New York City
  • 1989: Queens College, Thesis, Flushing, NY
  • 1989: Massachusetts College of Art, Exit Show, Boston, MA
  • 1989: Syracuse Women's Center, Syracuse NY