Ruth Fine was born in Philadelphia and has been a friend of Brandywine Workshop and Archives since its founding. After 30 years in Washington as a curator at the National Gallery of Art (NGA), she returned to her home city in 2010. At the NGA she conceived and oversaw the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States distribution project. Also at the NGA and for several other institutions, she has organized dozens of exhibitions of 19th through 21st-century artists including Romare Bearden, Mel Bochner, Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Gilliam, Jasper Johns, Norman Lewis, Roy Lichtenstein, John Marin, Georgia O’Keeffe, Martin Puryear, and most recently Frank Stewart for Harvard University. Fine also has organized exhibitions of the Crown Point Press, Gemini G.E.L., and Graphicstudio, USF printmaking workshops; and wrote “Education as Activism: Conversation in Print,” for Full Spectrum: Prints from the Brandywine Workshop at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
She has written for many additional catalogs and anthologies, most recently about painter Wendy Edwards for Brown University. The catalog for Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis, was awarded the College Art Association Alfred H. Barr Award for Museum Scholarship in 2017, the same year she received Brandywine Workshop’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Fine’s BFA degree is from the Philadelphia College of Art (PCA; now the University of the Arts); her MFA is from the University of Pennsylvania. Before undertaking curatorial work she taught drawing, painting, design, and printmaking at PCA, Beaver College (Arcadia University), and the University of Vermont.
Fine’s art primarily is on paper now, including collages, prints in diverse media, drawings, watercolors, and artists' books, both unique and in editions. She chairs the board of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and the Honorary Advisors of Aspen Institute’s Artists Endowed Foundation Initiative.
May 10 1941