Ruth A. Keitz creates mixed media collages which reflect her interest in the physicality of objects, their “thingness”: textures, shapes, colors. In the tradition of Picasso’s collages and Duchamp’s found objects,the substance of her art is likely to be ropa usada or other man-made discards or the discards of the modern world.
Ruth has been involved in art since elementary school, participating in Saturday art classes at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, PA from fourth grade through high school. Her father ran a part-time business painting lines for parking lots, crosswalks, and directional traffic arrows & claims to have taught her how to paint while she was working for him. Perhaps there is more truth than fiction here considering the linear structure of many of her works.
After graduating with a BA in art from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, she went to the University of Texas at Austin where she completed her MFA in art education with a minor in studio art and a PhD in curriculum and instruction with a minor in studio art. Her training in art history has influenced her art. Her art often explores the concept of linear perspective and the concept of the picture plan appearing to advance or recede out of the picture plane as in Italian Renaissance paintings, or to spill towards the viewer with the exuberance of 18th century Baroque art.
She has exhibited in juried local, regional, national, and international exhibitions and solo
exhibitions, including as a finalist in Ao5 Gallery’s Contemporary Texas juried show in 2019. She is a signature Member of the National Collage Society.