The Artist-in-Residence Program began in 1932 with the invitation of Carlos Sanchez, who remained at Dartmouth for one year. Josè Clemente Orozco followed with a two-year residency while completing the renowned The Epic of American Civilization mural in Baker Library.
The program took its current form in 1962, hosting three or four artists of distinction per year. The Artists-in-Residence reside on campus for an entire ten-week term during which they continue their work, interact with students and faculty and participate in the life of Dartmouth College and the Upper Valley community.
Artists are chosen by a Studio Art faculty committee and exhibit their work in the Jaffe-Friede Gallery. The Studio Art Department produces a catalog of the exhibition and provides studio space and living accommodations for the artist.
Support for the Artist-in-Residence Program is generously provided by: the Nathan W. Pearson '32 and Sons Fund, the Arthur J. Cohen '03 and Nellie Z. Cohen Fund, the William B. Jaffe Memorial Fund and the Matthew Wysocki Memorial Fund.
Artist-in-Residence, Spring 2014:
April 1 – May 4, 2014
The Studio Art Exhibition Program is pleased to present recent paintings by spring Artist-in-Residence Ruth Root
Root’s work recalls the compositions of Piet Mondrian and elements of
Minimalists’ formalism, while playing with contemporary modes of perception. Root draws from these art historical references, using color and shape as a means to experiment with the overall form. Using ultra-thin aluminum sheeting, her paintings deviate from the notion of pure, deadpan abstraction, creating a new architecture of shape and color. Saturated forms merge into edges that do not necessarily demarcate a boundary, rather a passage into another space. Root’s work are often exhibited flush to the gallery wall, evoking the effect of looking at a computer screen, a
reference all too evident in contemporary culture’s fetishization with digitized
media. One immediately becomes drawn into Root’s architectural space.
Although Root’s paintings are primarily concerned with the tautology of painting itself, her color assemblages are often influenced by the urban experience. The juxtaposition of bold industrial colors and amorphous shapes initiate a dialogue between the past and the present while condensing the illusions of solidity and space into intangible fields of color.
Ruth Root has shown at the Albright Knox Museum, PS1 and the Seattle Art
Museum. She has had solo exhibitions with Maureen Paley, London, Galeria
Marta Cervera, Madrid, and Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska, Salzburg