Ruth K. Fackenthal

From early childhood on, my life was determined by what I understood visually. Words follow as a result of noticing details as well as expanses in my surroundings. A blank piece of paper has always been enticing and the thought of being able to change its silence with a few strokes that grow into a "speaking" image keeps my eye and mind active.

I am inclined toward humanity with all that is strong and precious about it. I like to draw and paint people. People with all their individuality and interests drew me to teaching. For almost four decades, I taught studio art at the high school level which gave me daily challenges to develop ideas that were of universal value but suited to distinctly different students. As a result, I feel that my own growth and best education came from those treasured days in the studio with wonderfully motivated teenagers.

Since my retirement from formal teaching, I have devoted a large amount of time to my continuing study of Art History, which I also taught at school. This led to writing extensively and happily for presentations and for museum trips here and abroad with interested art lovers.

This website is meant to be a retrospective, coming from a long life in art. A selection of works is presented in chronologic order in six categories under Paintings and four under Drawings.

  • Graduate: BFA, Philadelphia Museum School of Art (now The University of The Arts)
  • Also studied for various lengths of time:
    • Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
    • The Art Students League, New York City
    • Tyler School of Fine Arts, Elkins Park, Pa. (now on the Temple University Campus)
    • Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Phila. Pa.
    • Studied with Evsa Model, New York City

Teaching: The Baldwin School, Bryn Mawr, Pa.
     Chairman, Art Department (37yrs.)
     Taught Upper School Painting and Art History

I participate in a variety of shows when possible and have received a number of prizes.