Ruth Blanchard Miller Kempster
(1904 - 1978)
Ruth Blanchard Miller Kempster was active/lived in California, New Jersey, Illinois. Ruth Kempster is known for easel and mural painting, sculpture, portraits, genre, figure, landscape.
Biography Ruth Blanchard Miller Kempster
Kempster, Ruth Miller 1904–1978
Ruth Blanchard Miller was born on January 17, 1904, in Chicago, Illinois. She was the third and youngest daughter of Kempster B. and Antha (Knowlton) Miller, a couple who valued education. Ruth was interested in art as a child, and while she was in high school her father bought her a correspondence course in art basics from the Kansas City Art Institute, which she eagerly completed. The family assumed that after Ruth finished high school, she would attend Vassar College, as her mother and sisters before her had done, but Ruth had what she later referred to as “a tiny little nervous breakdown,” which convinced her parents to forget Vassar and send her directly to art school.
In 1922, the family w
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