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 Ruth Blanchard Miller  (1904 - 1978)

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Lived/Active: California/New Jersey/Illinois      Known for: portrait, mural painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A painter, muralist, and award winning artist of the 1932 Olympics, Ruth Miller was born in Chicago. She studied at the Art Students League in New York and also in Europe in Paris and Florence. She was also a student at the University of Missouri and with Ronald Bladen and Esteban Vicente.

In 1922, she moved to Los Angeles where she was a student at the Otis Art Institute and a student and then teacher of portraiture at the Stickney School of Art in Pasadena. In 1931, she married Henry Fracker, and by the 1940s had moved to East Orange, New Jersey.

Miller was a member of the California Art Club and the Pasadena Society of Artists. At a time when the arts were a competitive category in the Olympics, she was awarded the Silver Medal in 1932 at the Olympics in Los Angeles for her painting, "Struggle,

Her murals are at the Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, and a portrait of Ejnar Hansen is at the San Diego Museum.

Source: "Artists in California, 1786-1940" by Edan Hughes
One person exhibitions include Bowery Gallery, NY; New York Studio School; Washington Art Association, CT; Wallingford Art Center, PA; and The Delaware Art Museum. Group shows include Marymount College, NY; Colby College Museum, ME; Bowery Gallery, NY; Ingber Gallery, NY; Kansas City Art Institute, MO; Delaware Art Museum; and Baltimore Museum, MD.

Awards include an Ingram Merrill Grant.

Teaching experience includes Parsons School of Design, NY; Studio Art School of the Aegean Greece; Yale Norfolk, CT; University of Hartford, CT; Queens College, NY; and Philadelphia School of Art and Design, PA.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Chicago, IL on Jan. 17, 1904. Kempster studied at Los Angeles County Art Institute, ASL, Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, and the Nat'l Academy in Florence, Italy. By 1930 she had settled in Pasadena where she taught at the School of Fine Arts for several years and won many awards in local shows. In 1953 she toured Korea as a portrait painter for the Armed Forces Far East Command. She died in Santa Barbara, CA on May 21, 1978. Exh: Int'l Olympic Games, 1932; Calif. State Fairs, 1931-36; Pasadena Society of Artists, 1936-58; Women Painters of the West, 1951-54; LA AA, 1951; Pasadena Public Library, 1952; Pasadena Art Inst., 1953 (solo). In: Pasadena Art Inst.; Huntington Hospital (Pasadena).
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Who's Who in American Art 1953-62.
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