1989-2004     Adjunct Professor of Elementary and Secondary Education, Dept. of Art Education, School of the Art Institute of Chicago


1999, 2000    Visiting Artist Program,  Palatine High School


1994              Evaluator, AIC Museum Education Program for Artists and Educators, "Nature, Society and Spirit: Art Across Time and Culture"


1989-92         Curriculum Development for Artists and Educators, Western State College (Summers) Gunnison, Colorado


1989-2004      Art History Reader-Consultant, ETS AP Program, Princeton, N.J.


1990-1991      Illinois Summer School Pilot Program: Interdisciplinary Arts for the Talented, Bloomington, Illinois Consultant, City of Highland Park Mural Project


1992               Lecturer/Visiting Artist for BASIC, School of the Art Institute of Chicago


1989-1992      Art Consultant, Township High School District 113, Highland Park High School


1991               Art Consultant: Francis Parker High School Interdisciplinary Art Program


1990               Visiting Professor, Western State College, Gunnison, Colorado


1990               Teacher/Head, Illinois Summer School for the Gifted in the Arts, Bloomington, Il.


1957-1989      Art Instructor, Department Chair, 1957-1960; Chair, Fine Arts Dept., 1960- 1980; Chair and Developer of "Focus on the Arts" Festival, 1967-1981. Introduced and supervised Artist-in-Residence program and "Star Series," 1960-1967


1978-1988      Instructor, "Program Development and Grantsmanship," Columbia College Master's Program in  Interdisciplinary Arts


1985               Workshop:"The House As an Art Form", Bemiss Art Center, Colorado Springs Colorado


1979               Paper Making Workshop, City of Crested Butte, Colorado


1975               Lecturer, Highland Park Library; Northwestern University Design Class; MCA Docent In-Service


1974-1975      Built unique sculpture house from recycled material and local resources, Crested Butte, Colorado. Documented on HGTV "Extreme Homes"

1969, 1970     Instructor, Young Artist's School, School of the Art Institute of Chicago in  Instructor/leader Highland Park High School Humanities Study Tour of Europe and Greece.


1971, 1972     Instructor, Experimental Summer Art Program, Northern Illinois University (Summers ) in Colorado (Summers) Colorado, "The Artist in His Community"



1968-1970      Resident Artist-costume designer, Sybil Shearer Dance Company


1970                Consultant, Children's Press Art Books; "CEMREL" Visiting Artist Publication Consultant, Granite City High School





1989                Parson's School of Design, Summer Program in Africa


1987                Harvard University, Summer Program:Art History, Writing for the Arts


1986, 1985,     Western State College, Gunnison, Colorado



1951-1961       School of the Art Institute of Chicago


1958                University of Mexico


1957                St. John's College, Great Books European Study Program


1948-1949       University of Illinois, M.A.


1945-1948       University of Illinois, B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude)


1945                Northwestern University





Articles included in:

"Exemplary Programs in Art Education", USOE

"Secondary Art Programs", NAEA

"Dialogue Magazine", NAEA, "Arts and Social Change"

"North Shore Art League Bulletin" , "Toward a Renewed Interest in Art Appreciation"

IAEA "Directions", "Major Needs in Art Education"

IOE,"Extended Arts Instruction Component of the State Arts Plan." Also on editorial staff(1979)

New Mexican Newspaper, Santa Fe, Art Reviews 1980-1981

Included in "Who's Who in American Women", "Who's Who of International Women", "Who's

Who of American Artists."





Lebeznik Art Center, Michigan City, Indiana, National juried competition,”Mapping and Boundaries”, 2017

Rockford Art Museum Midwestern Biennial, 2014

Hanga-Ten, Tokyo National Museum, 2012

Pilzn Museum Biennale Drawing International Drawing Competition, 2004, 2006

  2007, included in "Best of the Biennale" travelling exhibit

Suburban Fine Arts Center, National Exhibit of Beaded Art, 1999

Midwest Artists for Peace, U of Chicago, 1967

Minneapolis Art Institute, 1964

Fort Wayne Art Museum, “Spectrum” 1963

St. Paul National Drawing Show, 1962

Chicago and Vicinity Show of the Art Institute of Chicago (Eisendrath Award for Painting) 1958,  1959 to 1963

Sun-Times Drawing Show, 1960, 1961

Denver Art Museum, 1958, 1959

Cincinnati Art Museum Drawing Show 1958

Hyde Park Art Center Competition, 1957-1958





Constantine Sylvestri Collection, Paris

Milton Hebald, Rome/USA

Mr. and Mrs. Chan, Chinese Consul to Mexico City

Permanent Art Collections:  Highland Park High School (Purchase Award, Art Institute  Associates); Lake Forest Schools (Paul McCurry Purchase Award, 1958, 1960); Evanston High School; Deerfield High School; Southwest

Texas State University (Purchase Award); Oak Park-River Forest High School,

Southern Indiana Univ.Permanent Art Collection

Alverno College, Milwaukee 1970 Purchase Award




2010,2011    Juror, North Shore Art League Student Art Show

2007-2008   Juror, National Association of Fine Arts(selection of presidential scholars in the

                      visual arts)

2006             Juror, Annual Student Exhibit, Lecture: Univ. of So. Indiana

2005             Presenter, Il. Arts Education Association Conference

1989-2004    Reader, AP Art History Program, ETS

1995-1997    Board of Advisors, Ragdale Executive Residence in Creativity Program

1994-1996    Board Member, Columbia College, Papermaking-Books Program

1993              Distinguished Art Educator Award IAEA

1991              Distinguished Service Award in the Arts, City of Highland Park

1991              Presenter, NAEA National Conference, Chicago, Illinois

1990-1995     Advisory Board, Crested Butte Center for the Arts

1990              Presenter, NAEA National Conference, Kansas City, Missouri

1989-1991     Exhibits representative, Sister Cities Commission of Highland Park-Ferrara, Italy

1989-1990     Advisory Board, Highland Park Suburban Fine Arts Center

1990-1992     Project Director, National Endowment for the Arts Sculpture Project for Highland Park (awarded to Peter Voulkos)

1985, 1989,   Steering Committee Member. Developed Visual Arts curriculum, Illinois High

1990              School for the Talented in Arts

1989              Consultant, HPHS, "Art at Your Service"

1989              Presenter, "China Through the Eyes of An Artist," HP Library

1965-1988,    Chair of Highland Park Fine Arts Commission.

1980,             Art critic: New Mexican News, Santa Fe, N.M.

1979              Editorial Board, writer, Il. Arts Yearbook, "Arts in Education"

1978-1983     Art Consultant:  U.S.Office of Education; Illinois Office of Education (Art in the Schools Programs and Humanities Program Development)

1977              Consultant, CEMREL, Artists' Programs publications

1975-1976     President, Illinois Art Education Association

1974-1977     National Chair, Secondary Art Division of NAEA; NAEA Board of Directors

1975              Lecturer: Art Institute Associates in Glen Ellyn, Oak Park, St. Charles

1974              Chair, Illinois State Conference, IAEA

1972-1992     Illinois Arts Council Advisory Panel on Visual Artsd

1970              Art Consultant: development of AP Art History Exam, Princeton ETS

                      Member, Future Planning Committee Ravinia Festival




2018              “88th Member’s Exhibitio”, The Arts Club of CHI

2017              One person exhibit, “At 90: New and Re-New”, Bridgeport Art Center Gallery

2016              Invitational exhibit, “Future Presence”, Southern Indiana University, Evansville

2016              One person exhibit, "The Present Future", Bridgeport Art Center Gallery

2015              John David Mooney International Gallery Invitational, "Visionary Art"

2014              Cliff Dweller's Gallery

2013              Lucille Lucas Gallery, Gunnison, Colorado

2013,2007     Invitational exhibit, Crested Butte Center for the Arts

2007              Traveling Exhibit of Pilzn International Bienale Drawings:Italy,Spain,England, U.S.A. ("Best of the Bienale")

2004 , 2006   Pilzn Museum, Czechoslovakia, International Bienale Drawing Exhibit

2004              Crested Butte Center for the Arts, Co.,"John David Mooney Sculpture and Ruth Esserman Paintings and Drawings"

1964-2017     Arts Club of Chicago Professional Member's Exhibit

2002-2005     Artists' Month Exhibit, Bridgeport Galleries

2002              Chicago School of Professional Psychology, "Time/Timelessness"

2002              Liberman Gallery Exhibit, Geneva, Illinois

2001              Suburban Fine Arts Center National Juried Exhibit, "12x12"

                      NAEA National  Juried Electronic Exhibit

2000              Crested Butte Center for the Arts, "Wish You Were Here", Invitational Exhibit of  Postcard Art."

1999,2000,    IAEA Juried Electronic Gallery (First Award)


1999              Crested Butte Center for the Arts, Western Slope Festival Exhibit

1998 (Oct.-Nov.)  Fermilab Gallery, Batavia, Illinois, "Mythic Time"

1998(March)  Harper College:"The Architecture of Mythmaking", exhibit and lecture for Women in Art History Month.

1998-2002     School of the Art Institute of Chicago, "Bare Walls," invitational participatory event

1998-2000     Palatine High School, Visiting Artist Exhibit

1997              Focus on the Arts Exhibit, Highland Park

                      Pak Studio Gallery, One Woman Exhibit

                      School of the Art Institute of Chicago, "Variations on a Theme"

1996-1998     Themes Gallery, Newport, Rhode Island

1996 (May)    School of the Art Institute of Chicago, "Journey to Health", Journal and Drawings

1994,1996     NAB Gallery Group Show, "1117 Pak"

1993              Faculty Exhibit, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

1993              Columbia College, "Travel Sketch Books",including work done in Europe, Mexico,  Japan, Okinawa, Thailand, Africa (Ivory Coast), China, Bangkok, Bali, Morocco,

 North Pueblo Indians of the Southwest

1991             Tambra Gallery, Salem, Oregon, Drawing Exhibit

1991              Parson's School of Design, NYC, "Artist Sketchbooks"(African Drawings)

1990 (May)   20th Anniversary Exhibit of Sybil Shearer Dance Company Drawings at Shearer Dance Studio, Northbrook, Illinois (January)  Gunnison Valley Juried Artist's Exhibit, Crested Butte Center for the Arts

                     Noyes Cultural Center, Evanston, "12 Former Students of Paul Wieghardt"

1989(Dec.)   Strel-Hillerman Residence Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico,"Paintings/Drawings"

1988             Exhibit Sponsored by City of Crested Butte

1988-1991   Laurel Seth Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1988            Fort Sumner National Monument, New Mexico Museum, "Assemblages"

        (fall)     Suburban Fine Arts Center, Highland Park, "Artists for Peace Awareness"


1983, 1986  Anderton Gallery Crested Butte, Colorado

1983    Wilmette Library Gallery

1982            Western State College Gallery, Gunnison, Co., "Recent Paintings and Drawings"

                    Evanston Public Library

1981            Evanston Art Center, "Prints and Drawings of Ruth Esserman and Tom Giuliano"

1980            Jacksonville, Florida Statewide Arts Festival sponsored by Fla. State Office of

                    Education, One Woman Exhibit

1979            Collector's Showcase Gallery

1978            Center for the Arts, Crested Butte, Co., "Women in the Arts"

1977            Loyola University Gallery, One Woman Exhibit

                    Southwest Texas State University, One Woman Exhibit

1971            Deerfield High School Purchase Award

1970            Evanston Public Library

1970’s          Exhibited and Represented by Ruth Volid Gallery

1969            National College, Evanston, Sybil Shearer Drawings

1968-1970   Resident artist, Sybil Shearer Dance Company

1968            Chicago Artists' Response Exhibit

1967            Midwest Artists for Peace, University of Chicago

1964-1974   Fort Wayne, Indiana Art Museum

1963            New Trier High School Gallery

1963            St. Paul National Drawing Show

                    Ruth Volid Gallery

1963            Dunes Art Foundation

1963            Fifth Army Headquarters

1963            Spectrum, Juried Exhibit

1961            McKerr Observatory Gallery

1960            Deerpath Art League, Lake Forest, Purchase Award

1960            Old Orchard Invitational, 2nd Prize, Painting

1959            Key Club Chicago

1959            Farm Art Studio

1959-1960   Evanston Art Festival, cash award, Best Exhibit

1958-1960   Chicago and Vicinity Show, AIC, (Eisendrath Award for Painting)

1957            Evanston Art Center

1957-1970   Art Institute of Chicago Rental and Sales Gallery

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