Ruth Wallen is a multi-media artist whose work is dedicated to encouraging dialogue around ecological and social issues. Her multilayered installations and performances have been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Franklin Furnace, New Langton Arts, the Exploratorium, CEPA, Sushi Gallery and more. She has been represented in numerous national and international group exhibitions ranging from Virgin Territory at the Long Beach Museum of Art to Weather Report: Art and Climate Change curated by Lucy Lippard for the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. Public installations include interactive "nature walks" at Carmel Mountain, the San Bernardino Children's Forest, and Tijuana River Estuary. Web projects range from The Sea As Sculptress recently created for the Outdoor Exploratorium to If Frogs Sicken and Die, What Will Happen to the Princes? hosted by the California Museum of Photography. Currently she has two eco sculptures in "The Art of Conversation," at The Water Garden in El Cajon, California. Upcoming is a solo exhibition at the Athenauem Music and Arts Library in La Jolla.
Ruth was a founding member of the women’s artist collective Las Comadres and active in the group until it disbanded. Publications about contemporary art include essays in LEONARDO,Exposure, High Performance, TIKKUN, Women's Studies, The Communications Review and With Other Eyes: Race, Gender, and Visual Culture. She is a senior faculty member of the interdisciplinary arts MFA program at Goddard College and a lecturer at the University of California, San Diego. In 1995-1996 she was a Fulbright lecturer at the Autonomous University of Baja California, Tijuana. She lives in San Diego with her husband and nine year old daughter.
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