Working with concepts is about ideas, for Ruth these concepts and ideas emerge as enigmatic imagery.Drawn from personal experiences, her work grapples with the very personal yet universally personal – that nameless realm of feelings that blend the passionate and pleasurable, the angst and anguish, the uncertain and unsettled – often evoking a moment in time, a meaningful place, a despairing loss or a sudden discovery.
Ruth Rieffanaugh resides in Allston and maintains her art studio in Allston as well. She received a Masters in Art Education from Lesley University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Boston. She is also licensed In Massachusetts as a Teacher of the Visual Arts. Ruth is currently a Digital Teacher at TechBoston Academy in Dorchester, MA. She was previously the Director of the Dorchester Alternative Youth Academy and taught drawing at the Boston Architectural College. Ruth has exhibited in numerous local and regional galleries, including the Lesley University Gallery, the Copley Society Gallery, Boston City Hall’s Scully Gallery, the Brighton-Allston Heritage Museum and the Cambridge Art Association Galleries. She is also a member of the Cambridge Art Association and a founding member, a member of the Board of Directors and current President of Unbound Visual Arts, Inc. Her public art experience includes creating designs for several utility boxes in Boston. She has participated in UVA's Healthful at the Honan-Allston Library Art Gallery in 2015 and The Context of Community at the Athan's Café Art Gallery in Brookline and the Harvard Ed Portal in Allston both in 2015. She has also participated in UVA's Olympic SPIRIT at the Scollay Square Gallery in Boston City Hall in 2015. Her personal artist website is http://ruthrieffanaugh.com.
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