Kay Ruane is a visual artist who lives and works in Cambridge, MA. She recently had solo exhibits at Miller Block Gallery in Boston, MA and Jenkins Johnson Gallery in San Francisco, CA. Her work has been shown in galleries and museums around the country, including DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA, the Carnegie Museum, in Pittsburgh, Lyons Wier Gallery in Chicago and New York, Jenkins Johnson Gallery in New York, Ohio State University, the Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg, VA, the William E. Galberg Gallery at the College of DuPage, Indiana University and the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. In 1997 she received a National Endowment for the Arts/ Arts Midwest Fellowship Award and a Minnesota State Arts Board fellowship grant. In 1999 Kay was awarded the Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant. In 2002 she received the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center/Copley Society 2002 Residency Fellowship. She has also attended residencies at the VCCA, Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest IL, and received a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center. Kay's work is represented in many public and private collections including the DeCordova Museum, Fidelity Investments, St. Paul Companies, Travelers Express, Cargill, Incorporated and AT&T.
EDUCATION
University of Illinois, Campaign-Urbana, BFA, 1979

Indiana State University
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2006-7
Miller Block Gallery, Boston, MA
2005
Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004
Miller Block Gallery, Boston, MA
2002
Miller Block Gallery, Boston, MA
2000
Lyons Wier Gallery, Chicago, IL
1997
Lyons Wier Gallery, Chicago
1991
MC Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
1990
Gallery K, Washington, D.C.
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2007
10th Anniversary Exhibit, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Ninth Annual Realism Invitational, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA & New York, NY
Summer Show, Miller Block Gallery
Fine Arts Work Center Fellows, Copley Society of Art, Boston
Blue, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY
Interiors & Works on Paper, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006
Flow, Miami Art Fair, represented by Miller Block
Eighth Annual Realism Invitational, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA & New York, NY
Celebrate Summer, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005
The Sentimental Image, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA (2004-05)
Inaugural Exhibition, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY
Pulse Art Fair, Miami, FL, Miller Block Gallery
Small Works, Jenkins Johnson Gallery
Seventh Annual Realism Invitational, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Summer Show, Miller Block Gallery, Boston, MA
2004
The Sentimental Image, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA (2004-05)
6th Annual Realism Invitational, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Small Works, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Summer Show, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Copley Society 125th Anniversary Exhibition, Boston, MA
2003
Women by Women, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
5th Annual Realism Invitational, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Small Works, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Unlikely Portraits, Miller Block Gallery, Boston, MA
Playtime, Miller Block Gallery, Boston, MA
2002
Self As Muse, Copley Society, Boston, Massachusetts
Harboring Beauty, Lyons Wier Gallery, Chicago, IL
Ragdale Foundation 25' Anniversary Show, Chicago, IL
Drawing Invitational, Northeastern Illinois University
2001
SnowGlobe Invitational, Lyons Wier Gallery, Chicago, IL
Gallery Artists: Summer Show, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
Venus, Lyons Wier Gallery, Chicago, IL
Spring Show, Copley Society, Boston, Massachusetts (Nathaniel Burwash Award)
2000
National Competition, First Street Gallery, New York, NY, juror: William Beckman
Group Show, Lyons Wier Gallery, Chicago IL
1999
Group Show, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
New Work, 1998-99 MCAD McKnight Artists, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, MN
Contemporary Women Artists, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, MN
1998
The Human Figure/Contemporary Realism, Ohio State University, Mansfield, OH
American Drawing Biennial 6, Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg, VA
AAP 68th Annual Exhibition, Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
Art 1998 Chicago, represented by Lyons Wier
Body/Trouble, William E. Galberg Gallery, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL
Artists of the Midwest, Northern Michigan University Art Museum, Marquette, MI
New Romantic Landscapes, Gallery Northwest, Indiana University, Gary IN
Realism, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
HONORS & AWARDS
2005
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency
2004
The Drawing Center Viewing Program Slide Registry
2003
Ragdale Foundation Residency
2002
Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center/Copley Society 2002 Residency Fellowship
Ragdale Foundation Residency
Full Fellowship: Vermont Studio Center Residency
2004
Drawing Center Viewing Program Slide Registry, Drawing Center, NY
2000
Minnesota State Arts Board, Career Opportunity Grant
Ragdale Foundation Residency
1999
Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant
Vermont Studio Center Residency
1998
MCAD/McKnight Foundation Fellowship
1997
Minnesota State Arts Board/ Artist Assistance Fellowship Grant
National Endowment for the Arts/ Arts Midwest Fellowship Award
1989
Mildred K.Cohen Memorial Award, Carnegie Museum/Associated Artists of Pittsburgh
1985
American Artist Magazine, 1985 Emerging Artist
COLLECTIONS
Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Garden, Lincoln, MA
Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL
Sequel Development, St. Louis, MO
Kreindler & Kreindler, New York, NY
Cargill, Incorporated, Minnetonka, MN
AT&T, Minneapolis, MN
Federal Reserve Bank, Minneapolis, MN
Dain Rausher, Inc., Minneapolis, MN
Travelers Express, St. Louis Park, MN
St. Paul Companies, St. Paul, MN
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
2006
FLAUNT Magazine, No. 80,cover art & article, pg. 66-67
Cate McQuaid, "The self-portrait of a lady" Boston Globe, December 21, 2006
2005
ZYZZYVA: West Coast Writers & Artists Journal, Vol. XXI, No. 1 Spring 2005
Catalogue: Sixth Annual Realism Invitational, essay by D. Dominick Lombardi, Jenkins Johnson Gallery
2004
Book Cover Illustration: "The Law of Bound Hearts" by Anne D. LeClaire, Random House Publisher, August, 2004
Cate McQuaid, "Real Time" Boston Globe, December 9, 2004
2004
Catalogue: Sixth Annual Realism Invitational, essay by Claire Daigle
2003
Catalogue: Fifth Annual Realism Invitational, essay by Paul J. Karlstrom, Jenkins Johnson Gallery
Cate McQuaid, "Bright and Dark" The Boston Globe, July 25, 2003
Joanne Silver, "Explore Dark Side of 'Playland'", Boston Herald, Friday July 11, 2003
Cate McQuaid, "The Sories 'Portraits' Tell Us" , Boston Globe, March 28, 2003
2002
Boston Globe: June 6: photo of work in Calendar Section
Boston Globe: Dec. 6th review of Miller Block solo show
2001
American Artist Magazine, July 2001, Catherine Noonan, "Life On Earth"
2000
Chicago Tribune, Best Bet, (with photo of work) Sept. 22
Chicago Sun Times, Entertainment Guide (with photo of work) Sept. 29
1999
New Work, MCAD/McKnight Artists 1998-99, catalogue, Diane Mullin essay
New Art Examiner: review of exhibit: "Body Trouble" October
New American Paintings, Volume 17, August, Open Studios Press
The Best of Sketching and Drawing, by Terry Sullivan, Rockport Publishers
Catalogue: "Body Trouble" Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage
1997
Chicago Tribune, December 5th: "Kay Ruane's Female Figures Make Striking Debut," by Barbara B. Buchholz

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