Ruth Chase is a multimedia artist born in Venice, CA, living in Tennessee. She is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute whose artistic practice is inquiry-based and engages community bridge-building. She was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles for Art in Action and a grant to an individual artist from the Carl Jacobs Foundation. She was 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 artist on the Dead Files TV program and was awarded an Artist in Residence at Nevada County Arts for Artist Activating Communities through a grant from the California Arts Council for three consecutive years. Her film BELONGING screened at the 18th Annual Nevada City Film Festival and Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Ruth received the Legendary Female Artist of Venice, exhibited in The Crocker Kingsley, the Museum of Northern California Art, and the Diego Rivera Gallery at the San Francisco Art Institute, most recently her work was featured on the Nashville Sign..


My work explores the human spirit and belonging. I create large intimate paintings on canvas, public art, art films, and produce social engagement projects.

My paintings are acrylic on canvas, blurring the lines with drips and intersecting patterns, shapes, and edges, allowing drips to break up hard lines to impart a sense of history, memory, and emotional complexity. Grey is a dominant color used to represent neutrality.

The public plays a vital role in the outcome of my work, taking a journey with me that can last up to three years. Self-aware subjects with strong belief systems fascinate me and become the subjects of my work.


b. Venice, CA


2020 OF/BY/FORALL 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 Exhibitions

2021 BLUR, The 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 Exhibitions

2023 MACC, Hendersonville, TN
2021 Labor & Immigration, SFAI Alumni, San Francisco, CA
2021 Crocker Kingsley, Blue Line Gallery, Roseville, CA
2021 Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Roseville, CA
2021 -2024 Capital Art Box, 9th & O Street, Sacramento, CA
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 VTA, 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


2022 Artist of the Week, The Nashville Sign, Arts & Business Council, Nashville, Tennessee
2020 Legendary Female Artist of Venice, Venice – Mar Vista Arts Coalition
2019 Artist in Res. Nevada County Arts Council, California Arts Council, Artists In Communities grant
2018 Artist in Res. Nevada County Arts Council, California Arts Council, Artists In Communities grant
2017 Artist in Res. Nevada County Arts Council, 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.

Professional Experience

2022 Co Curator, Art Advisor, ‘Uba Seo Arts and Culture Center, Nevada City, CA
2022 Website design ‘Uba Seo Arts and Culture Center, Nevada City, CA
2021 Co Curator, Erased, ‘Uba Seo Arts and Culture Center, Nevada City, CA
2021 Presentor, Speaking of Art School Podcast, SFAI Alumni, San Francisco, CA
2020 Juror, Wild & Scenic Exhibition, Nevada City, CA
2020 San Francisco Art Institute Alumni Liaison, Nevada County, CA
2020 Curator, Art In Storefronts, Nevada County, CA
2020 Curator, What I Make Of My Space, Nevada City, CA
2019 Guest Speaker,Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Nevada City, CA
2018 Speaker with Featured Author Bridget Quinn, SHE PERSISTED, YubaLit, Nevada City, CA
2018 Curator, Belonging, A Community Exhibition, Grass Valley, CA
2018 Panel Discussion, Beyond The Frame, Museum of Northern California Art, Chico, CA
2018 – 2020 Social Media for Nevada County Arts Council, Nevada City, CA
2018 Guest Speaker, Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Nevada County, CA
2017 Installation Curator and Speaker, West of Lincoln Project, Venice CA
2010 Studio Art Instructor, ASIF Studios, Grass Valley, CA
2006 Reggio Emilia Art Education, Private PreSchool School, Grass Valley, CA
1991 Art Instructor, Santa Monica Parks and Rec, Santa Monica, CA
2000 Set Decorator for TV Commercials, Electric Avenue Films, Marina Del Rey, CA


2022 Now Playing Nashville, Nashville, TN
2022 Nashville Voyager, Nashville, TN
2020 Shout Out LA, Los Angeles, CA
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