Ruth Laxson CV

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EDUCATION
1958-65 Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA - (intermittently) printmaking, painting and drawing
>>>On-going research & study  

VISITING ARTIST
2004                   Pyramid Atlantic, Silver Spring.MD
2003                   Piedmont College, Demorest, Georgia
1996                   University of Iowa, Center for the Book - Iowa City
1991-98              Atlanta College of Art; Atlanta
1991-97              Agnes Scott College; Atlanta

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2008      IT IS UP TO US IF WE GO ON AS IT IS: RUTH LAXSON’S MUSE, Fleet Library at RISD
                (catalog)
2008      LIFE IS A PAGE, Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA (catalog)
2003      LEX FLEX: reading and book launch – PrintedMatter, NYC
2003      PRESENTATION OF A HUNDRED YEARS OF: LEX FLEX, new artist’s book, Nexus Press, 2003
2002      VISUAL POETRY / PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS – Marcia Wood Gallery – Atlanta, GA
2001-2   THE ARTIST’S BOOKS OF RUTH LAXSON: A SURVEY – Atlanta College of Art Library – Atlanta, GA
2000      PERFORMANCE/LECTURE: “IDENTITY IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM” – Eyedrum – Atlanta, GA
1999      GOD DOLLS - MUSE MEASURES: drawings & book – Nexus Contemporary Art Center – Atlanta, GA
1997      AFTER THOUGHTS & RETELL THE TALE: drawings & artists books – Marcia Wood Gallery – Atlanta, GA
1996      BOOKWORKS – University of Iowa – Iowa City, IA
1995      INSTALLATION: Letter Works, Sculpture, Mail Art – Bath House Arts Festival of Atlanta
1991       SOME THINGS ARE SACRED: sculptures & books – Atlanta College of Art – Atlanta, GA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS (invitational)
2008     THE NEXT WORD: TEXT and/as IMAGE and/as DESIGN and/as MEANING, the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
2006     Exquisite Corpse Drawings & Mail Art Inst - The Contemporary, Atlanta
2006     Complicit! Conference & Exhibit – drawings & books – University of Virginia
2006     Drawn in Georgia – Museum of Contemporary Art, Georgia
2004     READING MATERIAL – Volume – NYC
2003     EMORY CHAIRS PROJECT – Emory University Campus to celebrate Schwartz Performing Arts Center – Atlanta, GA
2003     OUTSIDE OF A DOG – Baltic, The Center for Contemporary Art – Gateshead, England

2001     (TO) KNOW –LEDGE – Emory University Law Library – Atlanta, GA
2001     BOOK UNBOUND – Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College – Atlanta, GA
2001     LOOKS GOOD ON PAPER – Spruill Art Center – Atlanta, GA
2001     THE WORD IN ART – Swan Coach House Gallery – Atlanta, GA
2000     DO IT – Atlanta College of Art Galleries – Atlanta, GA (originally curated in Paris)
1999     EXPERIMENTAL NARRATIVE IN ARTISTS’ BOOKS – Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge, LA
1999     BOOK AS ART – National Museum of Women’s Artists – Washington, D.C.
1999     CROSS THE THRESHOLD – Museum of Arts & Sciences – Macon, GA
1998     TURNING UP THE PAGE – Pyramid Atlantic – Riverdale, MD
1998     BOOK/ART/BOOK – Houston Public Library – Houston, TX
1998     THE NEXT WORD – Newberger Museum – SUNY Purchase, N.Y.
1998     CONNECTIONS/CONTRADICTIONS – Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University – Atlanta, GA
1998     PARADISE AND IT’S TRANSFORMATIONS – Art Gallery, Georgia State University – Atlanta, GA
1997     ILLUMINATIONS: Artists’ Books – Brenau University Gallery – Gainesville, FL
1997     4 ARTISTS FROM ATLANTA: artists’ books – MO Fine Arts – New Orleans, LA

1997     NORMAN WAGNER & HIS STUDENTS – Chattanooga Valley Museum – Lagrange, GA
1997     INTERNATIONAL INVITATIONAL TRAVELING EXHIBITION – American Federation of the Arts
1996     ARTISTS PAGE – ART PAPERS; July-August 1996
1996     SOUTHERN IMPRESSIONS – Rolling Stone Press – Atlanta, GA
1996     ALUMNI EXHIBIT – Atlanta College of Art – Atlanta, GA
1994     THE PRINT – Marcia Wood Gallery – Atlanta, GA
1994     BOOK ENDS & ODD BOOKS – Banff Center Library – Alberta, Canada
1994     INTERNATIONAL SURVEY OF ARTISTS BOOKS – Atlanta College of Art – Atlanta, GA
1993     AMERIKANISCHER BUCHKUNST – Zeitgenössische Handpressendrucke – Hamburg, Germany
1993     WOMEN’S WORDS: Sculptural Constructs – City Gallery at Chastain – Atlanta, GA
1992     THE BOOK – Sandler Hudson Gallery – Atlanta, GA
1992     WOMEN PRINTMAKERS – Rolling Stone Press – Atlanta, GA
1991     ARTISTS’ BOOKWORKS – San Antonio Art Institute – San Antonio, TX
1991     OLD WIVES’ TALES: Sculpture and Drawing – T ula Foundation Gallery – Atlanta, GA
1991     BOOKS AS ART IV – Library and Research Center – National Museum of Women Artists – Washington, D.C.

1990     FINE EDITIONS – Granary Books – NYC
1990     AGING: Its Process, Its Perception: sculptural book – Forum Gallery – Jamestown, NY
 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Artist’s Books                                                                                                      New York Public Library
Atlanta College of Art
                                                                                           University of Georgia Rare Books & Manuscripts Library=
Fine Arts Academy, New Delhi, India                                     Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia Georgia Council for the Arts
Museum of Modern Art, NYC                                                     Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
                                        Sackner Collection - Visual and Concrete Poetry, Miami
University of Iowa                                                                             University of Pennsylvania
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Virginia Commonwealth University                                                                           
Yale University Fine Art & Architecture Library                     Sculptures, Painting, Works on Paper
UCLA Fine Arts Library (various branches)                             Georgia Council for the Arts
Stanford University                                                                             High Museum, Atlanta
Victoria& Albert Museum, London                                              Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Tate Gallery, London                                                                           Corning Glass, New York
Janco - Dana Museum - Ein Hod, Israel                                     Delta Air Lines, Atlanta

University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada                                Xerox Corporation, New Jersey
Emory University Woodruff Library                                             Getty Center Museum, Malibu, CA
Brown University                                                                                 CGR Corporation Collection, Atlanta
Atlanta Public Library                                                                        Contel Corporation Collection, Atlanta
University of Wisconsin - Madison                                               Lubo Foundation Collection, Atlanta, GA
Harvard University                                                                               Alston & Byrd, LLC Atlanta, GA
University of Delaware                                                                       Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, GA
University of Washington, Seattle
University of Virginia

                                                                                      

AWARDS
2004       UC Irvine, Irvine, CA: Artist’s book WHEELING used as example of experienced typography, in a presentation by                                 scholars to celebrate the acquisition of Stephan Malarme’s A Throw of the Dice (1897)
2000        Nexus Press Residency
1998         CGR Scholarship - Hambidge Center
1997         Georgia Women in the Visual Arts
1995         Resident Fellow - Hambridge Center
1995         Arts Festival of Atlanta - Billboard Collaboration, award
1995         Arts Festival of Atlanta Installation grant-bath House
1993         Rolling Stone Press – Invited Artist
1991          Atlanta Contemporary Arts CenterWOMANS PATH – bronze tile(Permanent Installation)
1989-90   Georgia Council for the Arts - acquisition grants
1986          Dekalb (county) Council for the Arts - grant for the artist book: (HO plus GO)
1980          National Endowment of the Arts Exhibition Grant (AAWC) 

SELECTEDBIBLIOGRAPHY
2006      ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, Drawn in Georgia review by Jerry Cullum
2005        ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, January 23 – “Books give ‘unique voice’ room to play” –  
                Catherine Fox
2003     ART ON PAPER – Review, A Hundred Years of: LEX FLEX
2003     JOURNAL OF ARTIST’S BOOKS #20 - Cover Design; Feature on A Hundred Years of: LEX FLEX – by Johanna Drucker
2003     ART IN AMERICA, Jan. 2003, Review Ruth Laxson at Marcia Wood – Cathy Byrd
2002     ATLANTA JOUNAL CONSTITUTION, March 22, Word Art: Laxson Melds Text, Image – Catherine Fox
2002     CREATIVE LOAFING, March 27-April 2, Review, Point of View – Cathy Byrd
2000     LIVRES D’ARTISTES – Review, Muse Measures – Johanna Drucker
1999     ART ON PAPER – Review, Muse Measures – Nancy Princenthal

1999     UMBRELLA, Apr 99 – Review, Muse Measures, Judith Hoffberg
1998     ART PAPERS - (Mar - Apr) Review, Retell the Tale – Jerry Cullum
1998     ATLANTA CONSTITUTION - Sun 6/21 Profile, Catherine Fox
1997     JOURNAL OF ARTISTS BOOKS - fall - feature interview - P.B. Hastings
1997     ART PAPERS - Nov /Dec Artist Survival page & Review Retell the Tale
1997     ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, Jan 24, Review - After Thoughts - Jerry Cullum
1997     ART PAPERS - May /June Review After Thoughts - Angel Medina
1997     UMBRELLA - May - Review by Judith Hoffberg - Letters to the Ether/Other
1996     INTERNATIONAL VISUELLE TEXTE - S.J. Schmidt (h.g.) pp. 112-113
1993     ATLANTA CONSTITUTION - Feb. 12: Catherine Fox, photo and review of Read the Mail (sculpture)
1992     ART PAPERS – Mar/Apr. Interview by Virginia Warren Smith-cond. version Atlanta Constitution-Sun Sept 8,1991
1991     AFTERIMAGE – Oct. Review by Glen Harper - Some Things are Sacred (exhibit of sculptures and books)
1991     UMBRELLA Dec. Review by Judith Hoffberg: II by II, Lit. Tyrannies (books)
1990     ART PAPERS - May-June. Review of (HO plus GO)2=IT by Betty Bright in Art’s Least Fragile Vehicle
1988     HIGH PERFORMANCE - Summer Review by J. Hoffberg - Measure - Cut Stitch
1988     PRINT COLLECTOR’S NEWS – Jan. Review by Nancy Princenthal - Measure - Cut Stitch

1988     ART PAPERS - Jan-Feb. Review by Dick Higgins Measure Cut Stitch
1987        ART PAPERS - Jan-Feb. Review by David Finkelstein - (HO plus GO)2=IT  

SELECTEDPUBLICATIONS
2007     THE BOOK AS ART: ARTISTS’ BOOKS FROM THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS, by Krystyna                                     Wasserman, pp 100-103
2004     THE PENLAND BOOK OF HAND-MADE BOOKS – Photos of RETELL THE TALE and LEX FLEX (p.113)
1999     THE CUTTING EDGE OF READING ARTISTS’ BOOKS, Renee Hubert, pp. 149-163 & 220
1995     THE CENTURY OF ARTISTS BOOKS, Johanna Drucker, pp 252-55

ARCHIVES
Process papers, working materials and artist’s books at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Ruth Laxson was born in Roanoke, Alabama. She lives and works in Atlanta, GA.