Ruth WatersRuth Waters

Ruth Waters’ sixty-five years as sculptor and forty-five years as community art creator and administrator resulted in Belmont’s Twin Pines Art Center, then the 1870 Art Center (Belmont), the Peninsula Museum of Art (Belmont and Burlingame), and now the Peninsula Art Foundation, based in San Bruno’s Tanforan mall.  Waters’ sculpture studio is currently located in the Peninsula Art Foundation’s “Art Zone 1” in Tanforan.

A Seattle native, Ruth graduated from Stanford University in 1955 and started working in hardwoods in 1957 (her mediums now include hardwoods, bronze, marble, constructed room-size sculpture, and painting).

She has exhibited extensively in Northern California, Seattle, Michigan, Washington, DC, and New York, as well as in China and Ireland.
Ruth is also the founder of the Peninsula Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art and co-founder of the Peninsula Sculptors’ Guild.

Education Stanford University, B.A.

Career Highlights
Exhibitions in New York, San Francisco, Michigan, Washington D.C., Virginia, British Columbia, Ireland, China, and throughout Northern California; numerous awards; private, corporate, and public collections.


Ruth Waters: Portrait of a Sculptor

Artist’s Statement
Exploring the human condition – how we relate to ourselves and to others – has been the major focus of my work for more than 50 years, and will no doubt continue to absorb me.  The possibilities for visual commentary on existence and relationships are infinite, not only in subjective content but in the range of stylistic interpretation.

I sculpt primarily in the classic subtractive mode, using mallet (or maul) and chisels on hardwood logs and blocks of marble.  Bronzes are cast from molds taken of wood pieces (editions are limited to 10).  Large works, usually constructed of redwood timbers to create enclosures which incorporate carved marble, invite the viewer to walk inside the sculpture.

By and large, my sculptures are commentaries on humanity, observations of individuals, and reflections on universal truths.  The paintings, on the other hand, are very personal and specific.

My paintings are subtle, atmospheric, concerned with reflection and refraction.  The iridescent and interference pigments are applied to polycarbonate, aluminum, or steel sheets with brush, airbrush, and other techniques.  The finished paintings are mounted on glossy black Plexiglas, curving out into space, shifting and shimmering as the viewing angle or light changes.

As a long-distance runner for many years (16 marathons for instance) and tennis player, the feel of the atmosphere we live in is intimately experienced and remembered.  Hot sun, cold wind, driving rain – all the sensations are remembered then translated into color and texture.

Whether sculpting or painting, I invite the viewer into my world.

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Solo Exhibitions
Rotunda Gallery, San Mateo County, Redwood City, CA; 2018
Summer Garden Sculpture Exhibit, Filoli Center, Woodside, CA  2015;
June 2 through Sept. 13
Garden Room, Atherton, CA  2012
Avenue 25 Gallery, San Mateo, CA  2009
Rotunda Gallery, Redwood City, CA 2008
Caldwell Gallery, Redwood City, CA 2008
Gallery 940, Berkeley, CA 2005
1870 Art Gallery, Belmont, CA 2004
Featured Artist, Zhuhai Museum of Art, Zhuhai, China, 1999
University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, 1997
The Gallery, Burlingame, CA, 1995
Seipp Gallery, Palo Alto, CA 1994-1995
SOMAR Gallery, San Francisco, 1994
Creative Arts Center, Sunnyvale, CA, 1989
Coastal Arts League Museum, Half Moon Bay, CA, 1988
John Gualbert Gallery, San Francisco, CA 1988
1870 Gallery, Belmont, CA, 1987
PARTA Gallery, San Mateo, CA, 1984
Manor Gallery, Belmont, CA, 1979
Gallery House, Palo Alto, CA 1978
John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 1977
Art League of Northern Virginia, Alexandria, VA, 1974
Barrios Gallery, Sacramento, CA, annual 1964 - 1970
Pandora’s Box Gallery, Victoria, B.C., 1968, 1969
Placerville Gallery, Placerville, CA, annual 1965 - 1970
Gallery House, Ladera, CA 1962

Regional / National & Juried Shows
"On & Off the Wall”, Coastal Arts League, Half Moon Bay, CA  2015
"Control”, Ceres Gallery, New York City, 2011
Lake Wales Art Center, Lake Wale, FL, 2011
"Women’s Contemporary Art Exhibition, Focus 2010”, Danville, CA
"Control”, SOMArts Gallery, San Francisco, CA  2009
"Empowering Women,” Skyline College, San Bruno, CA 2008
"Delusions”, Coastal Arts League Museum, Half Moon Bay, CA 2007
“Was, Is, Will Be. . .”, Coastal Arts League Museum, Half Moon Bay, CA 2004
"Anything Goes. . .", Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL 2000-2001
Peninsula Sculptors' Guild, 1870 Gallery, Belmont, CA 2000
"5 Women of This Century - and Beyond", SOMARTS Gallery, San Francisco, 1999
"On the Edge", Lake Wales, Florida; Lake Forest, Illinois; Half Moon Bay, CA; 1998/99
"Humor, Parody, Irony & Satire", Contract Design Center, San Francisco, 1997
"Beijing and Beyond", WCA travelling exhibit: United Nations, New York; Univ. of Texas Visual Arts Gallery, Dallas; OMNI Gallery, New York; Mills College, Oakland, CA; ARC Gallery, Chicago; Gallery on Towles Court, Sarasota, Florida; Penn State HUB and Kern Art Galleries
"Icons of Power," Manor Gallery (Peninsula Sculptors' Guild), Belmont, 1996, HM
"Global Focus: Women in Art and Culture", National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1996
"World's Women on-Line" UN World Conference on Women, Beijing, 1995
"Avenue of the Arts", Belmont, CA, 1995-1997
"Art in Public Places", Santa Clara Civic Center, CA, 1994-1995
Pacific Rim Sculptors Group, Syntex, Palo Alto, CA, 1994
"Peninsula Sculpture VI", Belmont, CA, 1994; Award (Kenneth Baker, juror)
"Bay Arts ‘94", Belmont, CA
Art in Public Places,” City of Santa Clara, 1994-1995
“Pacific Rim Sculptors,” Syntex Gallery, Palo Alto, CA, 1994
“Selections 1994”, Cork Gallery, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York 1994
“Interactive Sculpture,” Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, 1993
“In Reverence of Wood,” Hayward State University, 1993
"Bay Arts ‘93", Belmont, CA: Sculpture Award (Marvin Schenck)
"Bay Arts ‘92", Belmont, CA
“Figures,” The New Art Place, San Francisco, CA, 1992
“Big Ladies & Difficult Women,” Skyline College, San Bruno, CA, 1992
“Dante Exhibition,” Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA 1992
"Bay Arts ‘91", Belmont, CA; Sculpture Award (John Battenberg) 1991
“Eroticism: West Coast Expression,” Gallery 601, San Francisco, 1989
“Images of Men by Women Artists,” Pie Gallery, San Francisco, 1989
“Maquettes,” Syntex Gallery, Palo Alto, Ca, 1988
“Monumental Women,” SOMAR Gallery, San Francisco, 1987
“Cultural Recorders,” Rosicrucian Museum, San Jose, CA, 1986
“Content Art,” Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, 1985
“Placement/Displacement,” Cabrillo College Gallery, Aptos, CA, 1983
"Bay Arts “80, ‘82, ‘83", Belmont, CA; second in 1980
"Peninsula Sculpture II", Belmont, CA, 1982
San Mateo County Fair, 1979, 1982; awards
Washington Women’s Art Center, Washington, D.C.; Inaugural
Exhibit (by invitation), two open competitions, 1975
Annual Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers,
Washington, D.C., 1973; first prize
Eastern Michigan Regional, Port Huron, MI, 1971, 1972
California State Fair, 1964, 1969; honorable mention
NCAA Tenth & Thirteenth Annuals, Sacramento, CA; honorable mention
Kingsley Annual, Crocker Museum, Sacramento, CA, 1966


“Dancer” in Brazilian Rosewood, acquired by the Crocker Art Museum,
Sacramento, CA, in 1964
“Deus” in white marble, acquired by the Sugarloaf Music & Art
Foundation, Placerville, CA, in 1979

Guest Lecturer
National Sculpture Conference, Cincinnati, 1987
National Women’s Studies Conference, Indianapolis, 1988
Federal Women’s Program, U.S. Department of Justice, San Francisco, 1989
National Conference, Women's Caucus for Art, 1995, 1997, 2001
UN World Conference on Human Settlements, Istanbul, Turkey, 1996
World Congress on Violence, Dublin, Ireland, 1997
National Penwomen Biannual Conference, San Francisco, 2002

Public and Corporate Collections
Provident Central Credit Union, Redwood City, CA
McCracken & Byers, San Mateo, CA
Paul Barulich, Esq., San Mateo, CA
Robert Lyon Associates, Redwood City, CA
Digital Equipment Corporation, Palo Alto, CA

Selected Private Collections
John & Susan Sobrato, Atherton, CA
Jane Lanza, Portola Valley, CA
Dr. Fawad Malik, San Jose, CA
Philip Berman, New York City
Howard and Rona Kaplan, Washington, D.C.
John Pence, San Francisco, CA
Robbie Lee Kraft, Hillsborough, CA
Dr. Saburo Nagumo, Belmont, CA
James Fort, Alexandria, VA
Daniel Chappelaer, Redwood City, CA
Minna Picache, Manila, The Philippines
John and Helen Raiser, Carmel and San Mateo, CA
Alexander Nepote, Millbrae, CA
Michael Bilich, Belmont, CA
David Harris, Santa Rosa, CA
Dr. George Duggar, Medford, Or
John Shea, San Carlos, CA
Michael McCracken, Esq., Los Altos, CA
Dr. and Mrs. Homer Knudson, Arlington, VA
Joseph Cotchett, Esq., Burlingame, CA
Barclay Simpson, Lafayette, CA
Dr. and Mrs. James Tappan, Hillsborough, CA
Dr. Suzanne Dey, Portola Valley, CA
Jeffrey Mauk, San Francisco
Carroll Jung, Menlo Park, CA
William and Elaine Kay, Portola Valley, CA

Karen Gutfreund Art, San Jose, CA
Art Liaisons, San Carlos, CA

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