Ruth Chase is a multimedia artist whose work engages and activates community bridge building.  In 2017 Ruth completed the West of Lincoln Project that 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. She was granted a residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts in NY, was 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. Ruth is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute.

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


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

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

2019 I AM HERe, Briar Patch 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 Oborn 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


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


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


Within me was a well of strength that wasn’t realized until I left home. I can look back and see how Venice taught me that I could choose not to be afraid and that dreams come true if you don’t give up

Growing up in Venice, I had a childhood filled with limitless freedom beyond what most people will ever experience.  Freedom isn’t always easy, it made me tough; it made me hate the place at times. At home, there were no rules. At school, I was bullied. On the street, I was jumped.  Afraid of being killed in a drive-by shooting became my motivation for change.

From an early age, I imagined that if I could just get an education, I would have a better future. Neither of my parents finished school. My mom couldn’t drive, read, or write, and it seemed like no one I knew had gone to college. We grew up on welfare, and it sucked.

By the age of 18, I was using drugs and felt hopeless about my future. Art was the only way I could see out of limiting circumstances, so I went to college and graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1990.

Life has taught me that wisdom is found where people fall the hardest, and they have to get back up. I only realized this in 2015 when I began the West of Lincoln Project. Now I can look back on my past and see life challenges as having value that our culture often overlooks. Currently, I live with my husband and young daughter in Northern California and aspire to use my art for positive social change.