Ruth Van Sickle Ford

Maiden Name: 
Van Sickle
Variant Names: 
Ruth Ford
Spouse: 
Albert "Sam" Ford
Children: 
1
Birth Date: 
08/08/1897
Birth Place: 
Aurora, IL
Death Date: 
04/18/1989
Death Place: 
Aurora, IL
Residences/Studios: 
Aurora, IL
Tree Studios, Chicago
Visited: 
Haiti
Active In: 
Chicago
Aurora, IL
Medium: 
Painting - Oil
Painting - Watercolor
Subject: 
Child Figure/Portrait
City Genre
City Scenes/Cityscape
Everyday life
Floral Still Life
Landscape
Portrait
Rural Scene
Still Life
Urban Scene
Style: 
Realism
Exhibitions: 
Annual Exhibition of Oil Paintings & Sculpture by American Artists, AIC, 1924-27, 1930
Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago and Vicinity Artists, AIC, 1919-59 (22 times)
Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, 1921-47, 1954
Solo, Art Institute of Chicago, 1931
National Academy of Design, NYC, 1933
A Century of Progress Exhibition of Paintings & Sculpture, AIC, 1933, 1934
Solo, Davis Art Gallery, Chicago, 1935
Marshall Field Galleries Exhibition, Chicago, 1935
Chicago Gallery Association Exhibitions
Grand Central Art Galleries, NYC, 1938
Bellas Artes Show, Havana, Cuba, 1948
National Association of Women Artists, 1949
Aurora (IL) University, 1966-68, 1970-74, 1986, 1998
Centre D'Art Museum, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 1949
Palmer House Galleries, Chicago, 1949
Argent Galleries, 1949
Awards: 
Fine Arts Building Prize, Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago and Vicinity Artists, AIC, 1931
Chicago Woman's Aid Club Prize, Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago and Vicinity Artists, AIC, 1935
Conneticut Academy of Fine Arts, 1934
Women's Gold Medallion, Palette & Chisel Academy, 1964
Fox Valley (IL) Arts Hall of Fame, 2002, charter inductee
Memberships: 
Chisel and Palette Club, Chicago, 1961, first woman member
American Watercolor Society, 1954, first woman member from Illinois
Chicago Painters & Sculptors Association
Chicago Woman's Salon, founding member
American Artists Professional League
Rockport Art Association
Collections: 
Barbara and Powell Bridges Collection, Chicago
Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN
Aurora (IL) Public Library
Plum Landing, Aurora, IL
Aurora University, IL
Training: 
Chicago Academy of Fine Art
Art Students League, Chicago
New York Art Students League summer school, NYC
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, Aurora (IL) University, 1974
Other Occupations: 
Instructor, Chicago Academy of Fine Arts
Instructor, Beloit (WI) College
Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, owner, president & director 1937-60
Biography: 
A good biography is available at the Fox River Valley Arts Hall of Fame website: http://www.foxvalleyarts.org/ford.htm Published in 2011, Warm Light, Cool Shadows, The Life and Art of Ruth Van Sickle Ford written by Nancy Smith Hopp is fittingly described as "an affectionate in-depth look at the life and art of one of the Midwest's best watercolorists....part biography, part diary, part lesson, and part tribute...with a visual record of her paintings."