RUTH KOLMAN BROPHY an austrian artist in the san francisco bay area

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

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Ruth Kolman Brophy is a visual artist working in a number of media in a unique, personal style.
Her experiences as child in Nazi occupied Austria during the Second World War exposed her to some of the darkest, most villainous aspects of her fellows, but it also gave her an unshakeable sense of optimism and an appreciation of the courage and heroism of ordinary people.
Details of the old buildings that surrounded her make their appearance in her work, as curves and parabola.
Living in the US for many years has infused her work with a lively energy, a sense of rhythm and movement, and above all a love of color. Her strong sense of design and balance is influenced by 20th century modern design.
Her abstract paintings and her digital works use intense color and a swooping meandering line to impart joy, love and a zest for life.
Her work is in the collection of the University of Minnesota, Macalester College and in many private collections

AWARDS AND HONORS

2009
-
Featured ‘Emerging Artist’ in Art Business Magazine

2006
- Third Place Award, ABSTRACT SHOW, Valley Art Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

- Honorable Mention, Alamo-Danville Artists Society Spring Show


2003
- Holiday card design for UNICEF Europe


1996
- Award of Merit, Minnesota State Fair Art Exhibition


1995
- Second Place Award, Members’ Show, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, MN


1994

-
Purchase Award, Minnesota Percent for Art in Public Places

- Honorable Mention, Minnesota State Fair Art Exhibition


1986

- First Prize, ‘It’s easy being a girl, the hard part’s being a woman’, YWCA, Minneapolis, MN

- First Prize, Annual Show, Edina Art Center, Edina, MN

EDUCATION

- University of Oregon, Scholarship, Institute of International Education

- College of Art and Design, Linz, Austria

- Training at Minneapolis College of Art ,the University of Minnesota and at the School of Visual Arts in New York City with Milton Glaser.

CURRENT EXHIBITS
SERENITY, a group show at San Francisco Womens Health Center
MORE INFO
DANVILLE VILLAGE THEATRE ART GALLERY
annual juried exhibition: Every Day Beauty
through August 25

VALLEY ART GALLERY,
Walnut Creek, CA 94526
through October


PAST EXHIBITS
FIRE AND RAIN
600 Townsend

San Francisco, September 7 to November 14, 2012

- Firehouse Gallery, Pleasanton, Ca
- Valley Art Center, Walnut Creek, CA, spring and fall shows
- Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County, Crowne Plaza Hotel (Concord, CA) and at ARTS PASSAGES GALLERY in Martinez

2010
- Valley Art Center, Walnut Creek, CA
- Kevin Milligan Gallery, Danville, CA
- Orinda Library
- Boundary Oak Country Club,
- Blackhawk Gallery


2009
- Canessa Gallery, San Francisco, CA


2008
- Walnut Creek City Hall, Walnut Creek, CA, New Monotypes
- Valley Art Center, Walnut Creek, CA
- Pacific Bay Coffee Company

1991-2007
Numerous shows at various venues including
the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Adjunct Instructor, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN
Mentor, Mentor/Protegee program, Womens’ Art Registry of Minnesota (WARM)


A detailed resume is available upon request

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