About Ruth                                                                     

While I have always dabbled in various artistic endeavors, for most of my adult life, science has been my profession, my passion and my primary art. But in 1999, I discovered the fascination of quilting after a Judy Dales' slide show introduced me to the world of art quilts. When I followed my job from central Texas to upstate New York in late September 2000, I found a cadre of like-minded fiber artists, especially my fellow Quilt Divas, who have proven to be very inspirational.   

I enjoy working with the different textures of silks and cottons, and delight in the serendipity of creating my own hand-dyed and shibori fabric. And now I have a passion for marbling, especially Suminagashi! My earlier work in Celtic knotwork and zoomorphs instilled a fascination with curves and sharp points that I've carried into my fiber artworks. Recent works involve producing ‘windows’ to reveal different layers of my quilts.

Various sciences infuse my art.  My interest and training in astronomy inspired a series on nebulae that expanded into a quilt on lunar phases. A long-held interest in archaeology influenced the quilting motifs in three of my works.  An experiment with multiple layers to recreate a fossilized Ceolophysis footprint allowed me to dabble in my initial career choice of paleontology (I was five at the time.)  Yet another quilt explores the geology of a southwestern slot canyon, which allowed me to delve into Native American petrooglyphs. One mixed fiber work, which incorporates a copper tubing pedestal frame, has quilted motifs any plant biologist would recognize, while another, in a tribute to my amateur radio enthusiast father, W5LPU, is a sudoku embellished in Morse code.

My work was being juried into regional and national quilt shows and exhibits when a recurring pain in my right flank led to the diagnosis of appendix cancer in January 2009. Seven years later, with thanks to my amazing doctors, nurses, and brother and sisters-by-choice, I am still here and still able to create, albeit at a slower pace than before! This dread disease has led to many positive things in my life, including leading the development and running of a successful and highly entertaining competition, “Project Iron Quilter”, in 2009 and 2011. It also stimulated my creativity and has inspired several quilts, some of which have been exhibited nationally. But most of all, it showed me that my fellow humans are tremendously compassionate, caring, and supportive friends. You are all amazing and I would be lost without you. Thank you!


SAQA: Studio Art Quilt Associates

IQA: International Quilt Association

The Quilt Divas

Tompkins County Quilters Guild

Ithaca Modern Quilt Guild


Selected Juried and Invitational Exhibitions and Publications

Sacred Threads, Floris United Methodist Church, Herndon, VA, July 2017

Quilt Divas @ FUSIT, First Unitarian Society of Ithaca Parlor, Ithaca, NY, January - March 2017

Quilts = Art = Quilts, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY, November 2002 – January 2003, 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2015-2016, 2016-2017

International Quilt Festival, International Quilt Association, Houston, TX, October 2003, 2005, 2008, October-November 2014,  November 2016

Fifteen: Celebrating Fifteen Years of the Quilt Divas, Community School of Music & Arts, Ithaca, NY, July-August  2016

PAQA-South, ARTQUILTSvoices!, Page-Walker Arts & History Center, Cary, NC, April - June 2016.

Fly Me to the Moon, a collection commenorating the 50th anniversary of Man's First Steps on the Moon, curated by Susanne Miller Jones. Will travel through 2018.

New Quilts from an Old Favorite: New York Beauty, National Quilt Museum, Paducah, KY March 4 - May 10, 2016, then travelling through January 2018. Includes an AQS publication

Trunk Show with Ruth White, Quilts=Art=Quilts, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY, November 2015

Contemporary Art Quilts, Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center, Wellsboror, PA,, September 2015

Bricks and Blocks, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY, June-August 2015

American Quilter's Society Quilt Week, Albuquerque, NM, January 14-17, 2015

SPUN, 2014 Innovative Fiber Exhibition,  Etui Fiber Arts Gallery, Larchmont, NY, Oct.- Nov. 2014.

500 Traditional Quilts,, Karey Patterson Bresenham curator, Lark Books, 2014, p.26.

PAQA-South, ARTQUILTSwhimsey!, Page-Walker Arts & History Center, Cary, NC, April - June 2014.

American Quilter's Society Quilt Week, Phoenix, AZ, February 5-8, 2014.

Encounters With Cancer, Brush Art Gallery, Lowell, MA, November - December 2012.

National Small Art Quilt Works, The Main Street Gallery, Groton, NY, July - August 2004, 2005, 2006,   2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Quilts Across Cortland Featured Artists: Quilt Divas, Cortland YWCA, Cortland, NY, June 2006, 2010

500 Art Quilts, Lark Books, 2010, p.115.

Art Quilts Lowell, Brush Art Gallery, Lowell, MA, August – October 2006, 2007, 2009

Botanica I & II, Boyce Thompson Institute, Ithaca, NY, May - June 2003, 2009

Trunk Show with Ruth White, Quilts=Art=Quilts, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY, December 2008

Northeast Quits Unlimited Exhibition, Art Center, Old Forge, NY, October - November 2008

Images, Lowell Quilt Festival, Lowell, MA, August 2007, 2008

An Exhibit of Art Quilts, Brazos Valley Art Council, College Station, TX, May -June 2002, July 2008

ARTQUILTS, PAQA-South/Page-Walker Arts & History Center, Cary, NC, April – May, 2007, 2008

Annual Open Show, The Community School of Music & Art, Ithaca, NY, Dec. 2007 – Jan. 2008

Thread, Cloth, and Art, The Community School of Music & Art, Ithaca, NY, March - April 2007

Elemental: Contemporary Quilted Art, The Fiber Art Center, Amherst, MA, March – April 2007

New Art from an American Tradition, a SAQA juried exhibit at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival,  Hampton, VA, February 22-25, 2007 and The Gallery at Merchant’s Square in Colonial Williamsburg, VA, March 2007

Nearness of You:  Memory and Commemoration in Quiltmaking, curated by Keisha Roberts, Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, Hampton, VA, February 2006 and Quilt Fest of New Jersey, Somerset, NJ, March 2006

Quilting By the Lake Featured Artists: Quilt Divas, Morrisville, NY, July - August 2005

A Tribute to Fiber Art, APEX Gallery, Washington D.C., May - June 2005

Blue Heron Gallery, Wellfleet, MA, May - October 2004

Local Artists Juried Show, State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca, NY, Jan. 2004

Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts 18th Annual Invitational, Trumansburg, NY, Oct. 2002


Selected Awards

Gallery Choice Award for "New York Clambake: Digger's Dozen", ARTQUILTSwhimsey!, 2014

Third Place Innovative Appliqué Wall Quilts for "White's Canyon", Northeast Quilts Unlimited, 2008

Second Place Traditional-Small for "New York Quark", Images 2007, Lowell Quilt Festival, 2007

Honorable Mention for "A View Askew", 2007 National Small Art Quilt Works, Main Street Gallery

First Place Innovative and Best Design for "Sound Waves", BBQG 2005 Show

First Place Wall Hanging and Best Use of Colour for "New York Quark", BBQG 2005 Show

Juror's Choice 2 for "Strip Farm Mask", 2004 Small Art Quilt Works, The Main Street Gallery