Sculpture

Ruthann Perry

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I am a sculptor currently working  in wood and found objects, including recovered architectural details and foundry molds.  Most recently, horses have been my primary subject, although I've also created sculptural landscapes.  As my life has progressed, so has what I make and how I make it.

 

The desire to make something from nothing has always been a part of me. From my childhood, when being one of six kids meant not having a lot of "stuff", I knew I could go out into the woods and find tiny dishes for my dolls in tops of acorns, and make silverware from delicate branches, food from tiny seeds and berries.


Re-using wood, particularly industrial molds, is important to me. Wood that has been shaped by man and worn by time is the perfect material for these horses. And my feelings as both an artist and a horsewoman are reflected in my work.

The skills for scavenging and building sustained me in 15 years of prop making and designing for national TV shows and NY and regional theatre. Eventually I moved out of the city and began teaching art. Teaching reawakened my love of making pure art. The lives of the artists I taught about took on new relevancies, and gave me the courage to think on my own and try things I hadn't seen before.  Witnessing the creative process of children also fueled my own imagination and helped me to think like the child I was at one time, who searched for and found the flotsam and jetsam I could build with.


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SHOWS/Galleries

ArchEnemy Arts, Philadelphia, PA – “No Place For Cucumber Trees” Show -Current

ArtWorks, Trenton, NJ – 10x10 Show  - December 2012

Ceres Gallery – NYC – 10th National Juried Show May-June 2012

Monmouth Museum – Art of the Found Object Show Summer 2012

Maryland Federation of Art – Circle Gallery – Fall 2011 Juried Show

Viridian Artists Gallery – NYC – Annual Juried Exhibition Summer 2011

Monmouth Museum – Art From Found Objects – Juried Exhibition Fall 2010

The Gallery at Paper Mill Village, Atlanta, Georgia - through the Art School of Sandy Springs - Juried Exhibition

Lawrence Artists Network Gallery Show – Lawrenceville, NJ – Founding Member of the Lawrence Artist Network.

Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ – Faculty Art Show – Spring 2010

Brevard  Art Museum, Melbourne, FL – “Take Out” Invitational  Exhibition – May/June/July 09

*Salmagundi Club 32nd Annual Juried Show,  Won the Salmagundi Sculpture Prize NY, NY – June/July 09

Troy-Hayner Cultural Center Small Sculptures Exhibit, Troy, Ohio –June 09

Terhune  Orchards, Lawrenceville, NJ May and Sept. 09 – Individual Shows

Visual Arts Center of New Jersey – 23rd International Juried Show – Feb/Mar 09

*Ex Arte Equinus II  Sculpture Competition – Art Horse Magazine, 2 pieces  awarded Honorable Mention prizes

George Segal Gallery, N.J., Montclair State University Group Show – Jan.-Feb. 2009, 2010

Lawrence Art Gallery , Lawrenceville, New Jersey – Winter-Spring 2009

Chapin School Gallery, Princeton, New Jersey, Solo Show November- December 2000

Teaching/ Workshops

2012 - Present: Arts Council of Princeton – art classes

2009 – Present: Adult Sculpting Classes at Princeton Adult School, Princeton, NJ

2009 – Present: Adult and Children’s Classes at Lawrence Artists Network, Lawrenceville, NJ, Education Chair 2009-2010

2006 to Present: Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey: Corporate Education,  Assisting Artist in Residence Oct. 2010, Weekend and Holiday craft workshops.

2003 – 2007: Maidenhead Studio, Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Private Studio; taught all ages: beginning sculpting, drawing and painting.

2006 to Present: Lawrenceville Municipal Library – Various Children’s workshops.

1995 – 2003: St.Paul’s School, Princeton – Art Teacher grades K through 8.

Training

Docent, Grounds For Sculpture

BA, Theatre Arts, SUNY @ Stony Brook, NY

Apprentice – McHugh, Rollins Studio, Brooklyn, NY – Propbuilding

New York Shakespeare Festival – Administrative Asst. to the Propmaster

Other

1981 – 1990 : Freelance Prop Builder and Designer NY; Broadway and Off-Broadway; NBC-TV: Late Night with David Letterman, Saturday Night Live