Ruth Bass: Portraits of Women, 1974–2001
In honor of Women’s History Month, The Hall of Fame Art Gallery is particularly excited to mount its first in-person exhibition since February 2020. Ruth Bass: Portraits of Women, 1974–2001, will be on display in Roscoe Brown Student Center [BC], Room 211, running from March 7 through April 28. The gallery’s hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
A faculty member at BCC from 1965 to 2020, Ruth Gilbert Bass (1938–2021) was not only an educator, but also a curator, critic, and artist. Made possible by a generous donation of artwork and personal papers from her son, Michael, this exhibition features a selection of Bass’ oil paintings of women. The eighteen works on display span four decades, allowing viewers to appreciate the variety of sitters Bass portrayed throughout the years, while following her stylistic development over time. An accompanying exhibition booklet provides an account of Bass’ role in the New York City art world throughout the 70s, 80, and 90s.
On March 17 a reception was held at which BCC President Thomas A. Isekenegbe, Art and Music Chairperson Roni Ben-Nun, Dr. Andrea Ortuño, and Michael Bass, spoke about Dr. Ruth Bass’ enduring legacy. Also in attendance were members of the BCC administration, department chairs, faculty members, as well as current and former students.
Art gallery programming is supported in part by the Music and Art Fund, BCC Association Inc., the Art and Music Department, and the Office of Academic and Student Success.