Ruth Weisberg has broken through glass ceilings that held back many women artists of her generation. In fact, Ruth Weisberg and Judy Chicago were the first two artists exhibited at The Women’s Building, in Los Angeles. Their solo exhibitions inaugurated that venue. Weisberg has had more than 80 solo exhibitions and nearly 200 group exhibitions internationally, including a major exhibition at the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, a retrospective at the Skirball Museum, Los Angeles, and a solo exhibition at the Huntington in San Marino.
Weisberg found her voice through what she calls, “traveling through time,” acknowledging that her family was part of a diaspora and a Jewish heritage filled with struggle. She put herself into her work, both literally and metaphorically, defining how interconnected the personal is with history and the politics surrounding it. She was emotionally devastated by her grandmother's "Memorial Book," which was filled with images of Polish Jews who had perished in the Holocaust. As her awareness of the previous generation's tragic losses grew, her story as an artist grew as well, the impact of history leading her to merge art, time and memory in a profound way. She found she could be a conduit between the past and the present, by literally placing people she knows into a setting of the past, and vice versa. "My work demonstrates an intense interest in the cycle of life, the continuity of generations, and issues of survival and impermanence."
While growing up in Chicago, Ruth’s father was an architect and her politically active mother was "the president of everything."-Ruth attended the Art Institute of Chicago for ten years before moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan to pursue her higher studies, where she completed her B.Ed (1964), after spending three years in Perugia, Italy where she earned a Laurea di Belle Arti in 1962, and MFA (1965).
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