Ruth Chase is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute whose work engages and activates community bridge-building. She created the West of Lincoln Project, which was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles for Art in Action, as well as a grant to an individual artist from the Carl Jacobs Foundation. Granted a residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts in NY, published in Professional Artist Magazine, Catapult Art Magazine and Huffington Post, and has taught at the Crocker Art Museum. Ruth was a featured sketch artist on the Dead Files TV program, was awarded an Artist in Residence at Nevada County Arts for Artist Activating Communities through a grant from the California Arts Council for BELONGING, I AM HERe, and most recently HOME. BELONGING screened at 18th Annual Nevada City Film Festival (AKA “Sundance of the Sierra”), and at Wild & Scenic Film Festival during 2019.

Artist Statement

In my paintings, I am interested in exploring what it means to be a woman. I work from images that women have submitted and from selfies that my daughter has taken. These large, intimate paintings on canvas ingrate metaphors taken from current issues. I also use social engagement to elicit feedback that engages my work, creating public installations, paintings, film, and community art exhibitions that explore our sense of belonging.


b. Venice, CA


2020 OF/BY/FORALL Un-Conference Retreat, Miami FL
2005 – 2020 Research and development – motherhood
1990 B.F.A. San Francisco Art Institute
1990 Internship; Mission Cultural Center with Renee Castro, San Francisco, CA
1993 – 2001 Art Assistant to James Schoppe (Art Director of Return of The Jedi)
1985 Santa Monica College
1984 Venice High School

Solo Shows

2021 What Does It Mean To Be A Woman, Granucci Gallery, Grass Valley, CA
2019 I AM HERe Public Art Installation, Robinson Plaza, Nevada City, CA
2018 50 Miles, Polly’s Paladar, Nevada City, CA
2017 West of Lincoln, Venice Arts, Venice, CA
2016 Granucci Gallery, Grass Valley, CA
2008 Fall Colors, Nevada City, CA
1995 Barnes & Noble, Artist of the Month, Santa Monica, CA

Selected Group Shows

2020 Visibility Through Art, Invisible No More Collection, The Granucci Gallery, Grass Valley, CA
2019 Echoes: From There to Here, San Francisco Art Institute, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2019 Art at The Edge of Extraction, Grass Valley, CA
2019 I AM HERe, BriarPatch Gallery, Grass Valley, CA
2019 Blue Line, Lottery for the Arts, Rocklin, CA
2019 Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Grass Valley, CA
2019 Elevation 2477, Nevada City, CA
2018 Nevada City Film Festival, Nevada City, CA
2018 Akashic Visions Gallery, Nisenan Heritage Day, Nevada City, CA
2018 Beyond The Frame, Museum of Northern California Art, Chico, CA
2018 PUNCH Projects, Ellensburg, WA
2018 Skate-Lives-CultureEllu Gallery, Grass Valley, CA
2018 smART stART, Cheryl McGinnis, Manhattan, NY
2018 Ignition Creative, Los Angeles, CA
2017 Venice Arts, Venice, CA
2017 MONA Biennial, London
2017 Osborn Woods Gallery, Nevada City, CA
2016 Catalyst Gallery, Beacon, NY
2015 Art Thou Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2015 Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY
2015 Elk Grove Fine Arts, Elk Grove, CA
2015 Rochester Contemporary Art, Rochester, NY
2014 Studio Tour, Becoming A Better Sinner, Solo Show, Nevada City, CA
2014 Rochester Contemporary Art, Rochester, NY
2006 Caldwell Memorial Art Gallery, Redwood City, CA
2002 A.R.T.S, Auburn, CA
2002 21st Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1994 LATC, Mapping the Jungle, Los Angeles, CA
1993 Mega Boom, Los Angeles, CA
1991 48 Market Street Gallery, Celebrate the Children, Venice, CA
1990 Mission Cultural Center, Multiple Forces, San Francisco, CA
1989 San Francisco Art Institute


2020 Legendary Female Artist of Venice, Venice – Mar Vista Arts Coalition
2019 Recipient, California Arts Council, Artists In Communities grant
2018 Recipient, California Arts Council, Artists In Communities grant
2017 Recipient, California Arts Council, Artists In Communities grant
2017 Certificate of Appreciation from the City of L.A.
2016 Grant recipient for an Individual Artist, The Carl Jacobs Foundation
2015 Showcase Winner,  ArtSlant
1993 Artist in Residence; Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, N.Y.

Guest Speaker

2019 Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Nevada City, CA
2018 Beyond The Frame Panel Discussion, Museum of Northern California Art, Chico, CA
2018 Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Nevada County, CA
2018 SHE PERSISTED, Featuring Author Bridget Quinn, YubaLit, Nevada City, CA


2020 Art In Storefronts, Nevada County, CA
2020 Call To All, Nevada City, CA
2019 I AM HERe, Group Exhibition, Grass Valley, CA
2017 West of Lincoln Project, Installation, Venice CA
2018 Belonging, A Community Exhibition, Grass Valley, CA


2020 The Oakland Review, Pittsburgh, PA
2019 The Union, Nevada City, CA
2019 Good Day, CBS Local, Sacramento, CA
2019 SFAI Alumni News, San Francisco, CA
2018 PRAXIS, Center for Aesthetic Studies, NYC
2018 IMDb, Film Listings
2018 The Union, Nevada City, CA
2018 Sierra Food & Wine, Nevada County, CA
2018 KVMR, Sages Among Us, Nevada City, CA
2018 Voyage L.A., Los Angeles, CA
2017 LA Weekly, Los Angeles, CA
2017 The Argonaut, Marina del Rey, CA
2017 Venice Paparazzi, Venice, CA
2017 YoVenice, Venice, CA
2017 Professional Artist MagazineAugust
2017 The Union, Nevada City, CA
2017 RadioVenice, Venice, CA
2017 Tishman Review
2017 YoVenice, Venice, CA
2017 Blogtown Review, Venice, CA
2017 YoVenice, Venice, CA
2016 Huff Post, Arts & Culture
2016 Tahoe TV, Tahoe, CA
2016 The Union, Nevada County, CA
2016 YoVenice, Venice, CA
2015 Sketch Artist, Travel Channel’s The Dead Files, Nevada City, CA
2015 Maker Mamas, San Francisco, CA: Artist Profile Blog  Post
2014 Catapult Art Mag, Louisville, Kentucky: Issue #30
2014 Jung Katz, Artist Interview
2007 The Union, Nevada County, CA: Prospector
2006 San Mateo Times, San Mateo, CA : Art News
2003 Perspectives, Placer County, CA: Cover page
1991 The Argonaut, Marina del Rey, CA
1990 San Francisco Weekly: Pick of the Week