Ruth M Blankmeyer

Birth Date: 
Birth Place: 
Toledo, OH
Death Date: 
Death Place: 
Sylvania, OH
122 Forest Ave, Oak Park (IL), 1940
Active In: 
Oak Park, IL, 1922ff
Austin/Oak Park/River Forest Art League, Oak Park, IL
AIC print exhibition, 1937
Austin/Oak Park/River Forest Art League, Oak Park, IL
U of Chicago.
Columbia U
Woodstock, NY
Other Occupations: 
Teacher, SAIC
Teacher, U of Chicago
Supervisor of Art, Oak Park (IL) Schools, 1940+
Writer, Handwork Section of Creative Arts book, New World Book Co., 1940
Teacher, Grinnell College, IA.
Biography from the Oak Park Art League
"Art League Book for Austin, Oak Park and River Forest Art League, 1940"

Ruth M. Blankmeyer
122 Forest Avenue, Oak Park

Ruth M. Blankmeyer is Supervisor of Art for Oak Park’s eleven public schools. Her father came from Amsterdam, Holland to America, and settled in Toledo, Ohio, where she was born. She graduated with honor from the Art Institute of Chicago; received her Ph.B. from the University of Chicago, where she studied with Walter Sargent; and her M.A. degree in Art from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. Further study with Albert Heckman, Woodstock, N. Y.

Came to Oak Park in 1922, joined the Art League in ’23 studying in the evening classes with Edward Grigware. Is a member of the Board for public school exhibits. Taught a class in ceramics one winter term at the League. Taught summer school and Saturday classes at Grinnell College, Iowa, and The Art Institute of Chicago; four quarters at the University of Chicago; and at the former School of Fine and Applied Arts. Has written for magazines, and did a handwork section of a Creative Arts book for New World Book Co., just off the press, 1940.

Member of Western Arts Ass’n; Illinois Art Ass’n; National Education Ass’n, art division; and Around Chicago Art Educators, of which she was organizer and first President. Has exhibited at the Art League, and Art Institute, where one of her lithographs was chosen for the International Print Show, 1937.

Art office is in the Board of Education Bldg.