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Ruth Weisberg is 2015 recipient of the SGC International Printmaker Emeritus Award

Ruth Weisberg has been an important influence on printmaking both as an artist and educator. Her creative activity and scholarship encompasses not only studio production in printmaking, painting, and drawing, but central and influential articles, essays and book chapters that have played a vital role in advancing print theory. Her 1986 essay “Syntax of the Print” published in the Tamarind Papers is frequently assigned to students in printmaking programs and remains relevant almost 30 years after it was first published. As one of her nominators, Mark Pascale, Associate Curator of Printmaking at the Art Institute of Chicago, praised not only her work as a printmaker and draftsman, he also emphasized her writings as an important contribution to the field of printmaking.

Ruth Weisberg’s artwork is notable for her commitment to both extending the history of art, and its continued relevance to the human experience today. Her themes are often ambitious ones, including cultural identity, love, mortality, history and community. Her work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally, with her recent exhibitions including “Ruth Weisberg: Guido Cagnacci and the Resonant Image” at the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, and “Ruth Weisberg: Unfurled” at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles. In total, she has presented over 80 one-person exhibitions at museums and galleries internationally. She is represented by Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles. 

Additionally, Professor Weisberg’s work is in the collections of major museums, including the Getty Center; Norton Simon Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Smithsonian Museum of American Art and the Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Jewish Museum, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; Harvard University; Biblioteca Nazionale d'Italia (Rome); and Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. 

Her honors include the Foundation for Jewish Culture’s 50th Anniversary Cultural Achievement Award 2011, the 2009 Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award, a National Council of Art Administrators Leadership Award, the USC Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award for Creative Work, the College Art Association’s Distinguished Teaching of Art Award), a Senior Research Fulbright combined with a visiting artist residency at the American Academy in Rome, a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, and a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from Hebrew Union College. In addition, she served as the President of the College Art Association in the early 1990s.

Weisberg received her M.A. from the University of Michigan, and her Laurea in Painting and Printmaking from the Academia di Belle Arti, Perugia, Italy. Following her graduate studies, she also spent a year at Stanley William Hayter’s Atelier 17 in Paris, France. She is a Professor of Fine Arts and former Dean at the University of Southern California Roski School, and is currently the Director of the USC Initiative for Israeli Arts and Humanities.


"Flight of Fancy: Of a Feather shows birds as artistic inspiration" The Knoxville Sentinel

"Louis Chan Takes an Intimate Look inside The Homes of Chinese American Families"
: The Huffington Post


"Artist Shares Troubled Childhood Through Photos": The Daily Beacon

"Controversial Mural Seen in New Light"
:The Daily Beacon


"Post Office Mural on Loan to UT": Crossville Chronicle


Controversial UT Mural being shown at UT Downtown Gallery: Knoxville News Sentinel

"The Singing Mural: Marion Greenwood's Long-Concealed Masterwork in a Rare Public Display" :

: Art Knoxville


"Two New Shows at Räla and Downtown Gallery Launch a New Decade for First Friday" : Metropulse

"The Echo of the Object"
: Art Knoxville

"Alumni Gather Collection of Various PIeces for Downtown Gallery" : UT Daily Beacon

"50th Anniversary Watercolor show at UT Downtown Gallery" : Knoxville News Sentinel

"Artists from Near and Far Herald a New Season with Nexus 2013" : MetroPulse

"Brooklyn Based artist Wiliam Lamson finds Wonder in Flux at Downtown Gallery" : MetroPulse

"Pushing the Form: New exhibit goes beyond the line": Knoxville News Sentinel

"The Hokes Archive: The Legacy of Rev. James Randolph Denton"MetroPulse

"UT Downtown picks figurative art from Ewing collection" : Knoxville News Sentinel


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Untitled Document

Of A Feather
December 5, 2014- January 15, 2015

Louis Chan: My Home

November 7 - 29, 2014

DeWitt Godfrey

October 3 - 31, 2014


September 5 - 27, 2014

Ask me, I can help.
August 22 -23, 2014

Marion Greenwood in Tennessee
June 6 - August 9, 2014

May 2 - 17, 2014

MFA Thesis Exhibition: Eric Cagley
April 23 - 26, 2014

NEXUS 2014
April 4 - 19, 2014

Topology: Paul Krainak

February 7 - 28, 2014

Death Rock City
January 24 - February 28, 2014

2013 Exhibits

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2008 Exhibits

Ruth Weisberg: Time and Again

March 6 - 27, 2015

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UT Downtown Gallery
106 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
ph: 865.673.0802
Manager: Mike C. Berry

Gallery Hours

    Tu.: CLOSED
    W: 11-6
    Th.: 11-6
    F: 11-6
    Sat.: 10-3
    Sun: CLOSED

    Please Note: The UT Downtown Gallery closes in observance of national holidays and between exhibitions.