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 Ruth Joansson (R.J.) Shadburne  (1912 - 2005)



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Lived/Active: Illinois/California      Known for: still life and landscape painting, teaching, commercial art

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following information is from Cheryl Shadburne, daughter of the artist.

Ruth Joansson was an easel painter for the New Deal WPA Federal Art Project* for the state of Illinois (see 1990 Mavigliano, George J.; Richard A. Lawson The Federal Art Project in Illinois, 1935-1943, page 123) 
Her married name was Ruth Shadburne and she continued to paint and exhibit throughout out her life as Ruth Shadburne, and R.J. Shadburne.


Annual Shows at the Art Institute of Chicago*.  Some of her exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago were:

Thirty-Eighth Annual Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity
February 1 to March 18, 1934
#93 The Pink Chemise

Fortieth Annual Exhibition By Artists of Chicago and Vicinity
January 30 to March 1, 1936
#94 Road to Mt. Washington

American Paintings and Sculpture Forty-Ninth Annual Exhibition
October 20 to December 4, 1938
#105 Still Life
#106 Still Life with Flowers

The Forty-fourth Annual Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity
March 14 to April 14, 1940
#97 Flowers by the Window

Other early exhibitions were at University of Illinois; Kansas City Art Institute; Springfield, Massachusetts Museum of Fine Arts; Museum of Fine Arts, Los Angeles; Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan; Independent's Exhibition, New York; and in travelling exhibitions showing at colleges and museums. 

After moving to the Santa Barbara area, she exhibited frequently during many decades in juried exhibitions with the Santa Barbara Art Association and the Goleta Valley Art Association and in many local shows.

Commercial work:

The Broadway Hollywood:
Artist and copywriter. The Hollywood and Vine store is no longer there.  The building is now luxury condos.

Coulter's Department Store - Coulter Dry Goods, Los Angeles CA:
Advertising Manager March 1948 to June 1951.  Coulter’s was a historic Wilshire Blvd. Miracle Mile department store.  The landmark historic building is no longer there.  The store later became the Broadway Wilshire and then the Broadway moved to the Beverly Center.

Art Institute of Chicago
Northwestern University
Studio of Constantine Pougialis
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