Ruth Bolduan is a painter who grew up in Germany and the Washington, DC area. A life of global travel has provided the basis for her work, which draws on diverse visual traditions, while remaining firmly entrenched in Western thought. Her current work, based on months spent wandering in Yuan Ming Yuan Park in Beijing, is centered on the idea of the ecological history of a place as a carrier of meaning. She is drawn to these powerful places found at the intersection of nature and human culture, where memory is preserved in the landscape itself. Bolduan maintains a studio in Richmond, Virginia, where she was a professor of painting at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts for 32 years. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally, and she has been the recipients of numerous grants, commissions, and residencies.
Ruth Bolduan in China: From History to Painting, Tsinghua University Gallery, Beijing, China.
Hommage to Debussy, VCU Global Summer Music Institute, Richmond, VA.
proper Form/s, Chroma Projects, Charlottesville, VA.
Ruth Bolduan & Brooke Marcy, Riverviews Artspace, Lynchburg, VA.
Dharma Days, Harem Nights, Earlham College, Richmond, IN.
Costume, Landscape, and Memory, Museum of Monterey, Monterey, CA.
Ruth Bolduan: 18th Century Portraiture Redefined, Mount Clare Museum, Baltimore, MD.
Dark Rococo, The Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA.
Foyer: SCWInteriors, DC Design House, Washington, DC.
Viva Rococo, La Cova de les Cultures, Barcelona, Spain.
Drawing on History, (2 person) Dow Museum, St. Augustine, FL.
Go Go Rococo. Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.
Fête Galante, Anton Gallery, Monterey, CA.
Open Studio. Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland.
Ballard Art Walk, Forum Center. Seattle, WA.
Paintings, Anton Gallery, Washington, DC (also 1998, 1997, 1994, 1991, 1989).
The French Hat, Galerie Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France.
Figures at Passages, Salon Vaganey-Mays, Paris, France.
Pretty Girls and Odalisques, Anton Gallery, Washington, DC.
Highest Good Like That of Water, China Oriental Foundation for Art, Tianjin, China
The Garden, Piedmont Arts Museum, Martinsville, VA.
2019 Party for Democracy: Kamalla Harris, The Hawthorne Mansion, Monterey, CA.
The Art Party, The Hawthorne Mansion, Monterey, CA.
Experiment and Prospect, Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, Tianjin, China.
Art in Embassies, American Embassy, Vatican City, Italy.
Catalyst,The American University Museum, Washington, DC.
Reflecting and Collecting, 1708 Gallery at Linden Row, Richmond, VA.2009
Art in Academia, Space 310, Mobile, AL.
The Trawick Prize, Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD.
Fifth Tashken Biennale, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
SECAC Exhibition, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA.
All in the Family, American University Museum, Washington, DC.
50/50 =100, Cafritz Arts Center, Montgomery College, Silver Spring, MD.
Double Bubble, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA.
Salon, Galerie Ponce Boscarino, Paris, France.
Blaue Mauer. Anton Gallery, Monterey, CA.
Girlz Club at Artomatic, Children’s Museum, Washington, DC.
Virginia Women Artists, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA.
Salon d’ete, Galerie Ponce Boscarino, Paris, France.
Holiday Exhibition, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA.
Math = Art, Roper Gallery, Frostburg State University, MD.
Heads Up! Watkins Gallery, American University, Washington, DC.
Vernissage des Artistes, Galerie Cité des Arts, Paris, France.
Contemporary Realism, Atheneum Art Center, Alexandria, VA.
9/11/01, Anton Gallery, Washington, DC, Springtide Chestnut Hill Academy, Philadelphia, PA.
East Meets West, Flor de Luna Art Center, Los Angeles, CA.
New Neo, Christopher Newport College, Newport News, VA.
figuratively speaking, The Painting Center, New York, NY.
Works on Paper, Galeria ICPNA Miraflores, Lima, Peru.
Art in the Embassies. United States Embassy, Ankara, Turkey.
Crossing Borders. Haifa University, Haifa, Israel.
Global Focus, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC.
Global Focus, China World Trade Center, Beijing, China.
Invitational Exhibition, Institute of ContemporaryArt, San Jose, CA.
Bloom: Sala Mostre, Lavori su Carta, Mezzago/Milan, Italy.
Painter’s Painters. Longwood Fine Arts Center, Farmville, VA.
Lilith. Rockville Arts Place, Rockville, MD.
Art of the South, Wall Street Gallery Walk, New York, NY.
Sources of Strength, District of Columbia Art Center, Washington, DC.
Diverse Works, Galerie Corti, Brussels, Belgium.
Invitational Exchange, MARS Artspace, Phoenix, AZ.
What Heaven Looks Like, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, CA.
American Prints, Cinema Center, Moscow, CIS.
Washington/Moscow Art Exchange, Carnegie Library, Washington, DC.
McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA.
Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, USSR.
Reinvestigating Myth, Frick Gallery, University of Pittsburgh, PA.
Lyon/Washington Exchange, Domi Nostrae Gallery, Lyon, France, Buenos Aires/Lima/Washington Exchange.
Centro Cultural de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Casa de Osambela, Lima, Peru.
Approaching the Figure, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.
Inherited Memories, Goucher College, Baltimore, MD.
Washington/Budapest Exchange, Fine Arts Academy, Budapest.
Significant Movement: Myth, Allegory, and Romanticism, Anton Gallery, Washington, DC.
Barriers, Jim Diaz Gallery, NYC, NY.
Three Washington Women, Antinor Gallery, Athens, Greece.
Garden Party II. Jim Diaz Gallery, New York, NY.
8 Painters from Washington, Weekend Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
Options ’83. Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC.
Yang, Weimin, Highest Good Like That of Water, Tianjin, China; online catalog.
Benitez, Jorge and Reni Gower, The Garden, Wylie Contemporary, Inc.
Mu, Li, Ruth Bolduan in China: From History to Painting, Richmond, VA; Glimmer Books,
Bilonick, Kristina and J.W. Mahoney, Catalyst: WPA 35th Anniversary Exhibition, American University Museum
at the Katzen, Washington, DC; exhibition catalog.
Mahoney, J.W., The Future Past… catalog essay, Dark Rococo, The Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA.
Competition Brings Artists Down to Earrth, Davidson, Maureen, MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY, Monterey, CA.
Proctor, Roy, Hot Pink, RICHMOND TIMES DISPATCH, Richmond, VA.
Artomatic 2004 Oral History Project, Video interview, Martin Luther King Library, Washington, DC.
Colaizzi, Vittorio, Printmaking Jam, WASHINGTON REVIEW.
McLeod, Deborah, Paradise Found, STYLE WEEKLY, Richmond, VA.
Yaylali, Hale, Ankara Daki Abd, ART&DECOR Ankara, Turkey.
Cohen, Jean, Images of Desire, WHEE MAGAZINE, Washington, DC.
Ghersi, Ericka, Ruth Bolduan, dualidad en el arte, CAMBIO AL DIA, Lima, Peru.
The Fragmented Eroticism of US Artist Ruth Bolduan, THE LIMA HERALD, Lima, Peru.
Campello, Lennox, Verticals at Anton Gallery, KOAN, Washington, DC.
Latane, Dawn. Ruth Bolduan: Paintings, WASHINGTON REVIEW.
Giorno e notte: artisti Americani, Il Manifesto. Milan, Italy.
Alberto Casiraghy, and Ruth Bolduan, Frammento di Dante, Osnago/Milan:Edizioni Pulcinoelephante; artist book,
edition of 25.
Coopersmith, Georgia, Painter’s Painters, Longwood College, Farmville, VA..
Del Moro, Franco, Ellin Selae. (1000 original drawings, insert in art magazine) Milan, Italy.
Bullard, Cece, Painters Explore Psychic Energy, RICHMOND TIMES DISPATCH..
Burchard, Hank, Cultural Echo in Tree Art, THE WASHINGTON POST.
Gentry, Laurin. Living Through Their Art, WASHINGTON ARTISTS EQUITY NEWS.
McCoy, Mary. In the Spirit of Nature, THE WASHINGTON POST.
Figura, John, Ruth Bolduan, Washington: Anton Gallery, exhibition catalog.
Moreno, Ignacio, Ruth Bolduan: Paintings. Richmond, VA, 1708 Gallery, exhibition catalog.
Pinto, Ismael, Encuentro Americano, Expreso, Lima, Peru.
Shashkina, Maria. Art Exchange: Washington-Moscow, SOVIET LIFE.
Steiker, Valerie, Ruth Bolduan, Sharon Fischel, NEW ART EXAMINER.
Gay, Ted, Art Exchange Washington-Moscow, Washington, Catalog.
Chaine, Stani, De Lyon a Washington, LYON POCHE, Lyon, France.
McWilliams, Martha, Edges of Eros, the WASHINGTON REVIEW.
Dorsey, John. Contemporary Art Has Ancient Theme, THE BALTIMORE SUN.
Welzenbach, Michael, Graphics at Anton, THE WASHINGTON POST.
Finnegan, Patrick, Reinvestigating Myth, Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh, exhibition catalog.
Glazer, Helen, Inherited Memories: Mythological Themes in Contemporary Art,
Goucher College, Baltimore, MD; exhibition catalog.
Pagan, Mary Ann, Approaching the Figure, Washington: Georgetown University; exhibition catalog.
Mahoney, J.W. East Coast Reviews: Ruth Bolduan, NEW ART EXAMINER.
Finnegan, Patrick, Washington Reviews, CONTEMPORANEA.
Kolmer, Pat, Significant Movement, WASHINGTON REVIEW.
Thorson, Alice, Ruth Bolduan: Meet a Major Player, WASHINGTON TIMES.
McCoy, Mary, Soweto to Gaza, NEW ART EXAMINER.
Gilbard, Florence, Washington Ways, MUSEUM AND ARTS WASHINGTON.
Miller, E. Ethelbert, From Suweto to Gaza to Washington, Howard University; exhibition catalog.
Thorson, Alice, Ruth Bolduan Shines in Every Genre, WASHINGTON TIMES.
Mahoney, J.W., Washington/Berlin Exchange, NEW ART EXAMINER.
Coleman, Nichols Fox, Optimism to Germany, Angst to America, WASHINGTON THEATER GUIDE.
Denny, Alice and Anthoney Harvey, After Berlin, WASHINGTON REVIEW.
Allen, Jane Addams, New Art from the Lively Fringes, WASHINGTON TIMES.
Lewis, Jo Ann, A Range of Landscapes, WASHINGTON POST.
Fleming, Lee, Options ’83, WASHINGTON REVIEW.
Lewis, Jo Ann, Darker Options, WASHINGTON POST.
Shannon, Joe and Jim Love, Option ’83, Washington Project for the Arts; exhibition catalog,
Alexis, Karin. East Coast Reviews: Washington, NEW ART EXAMINER.
Fleming, Lee, Ruth Bolduan, NEW ART EXAMINER.
GRANTS, AWARDS, HONORS
Visiting Artist Residency, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
Research Reassignment Leave, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Award for Excellence in Teaching, Southeastern Colleges of Art Conference.
Tsinghua University Academy of And Design, Beijing, China.