Paintings, sculptures, murals and graphics in private and public collections throughout the United States, Europe and Mexico (partial list of collectors available upon request.)


• MFA, June, 2004, John F. Kennedy University, Orinda/Pleasant Hill/Berkeley, CA

• Graduate Program of Fine Arts, Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico

• MA, Guidance and Counseling, Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI

• BA, Art Education and Teacher Certification, Michigan State University


2012 Harvey Bailey Campus Community Award, The Art Institute of California San Francisco, CA

2001-2005 Artist in Residence, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA. Printmaking

2001 One-of-Five East-Bay Women Selected to Exhibit for Opening of New City Hall in Frank H. Ogawa Plaza by East Bay Community Foundation, Oakland, CA

1995-1998 Marquis Who’s Who of American Women

1996 Best in Show (two consecutive months) New Mexico Art League, Albuquerque, NM

1993 Oakland Business Arts Award Nomination for Coordinator of The Fire Art Project

1991 Ten Best Teachers on Tape, The Artist’s Magazine (for AIV Videos)

1983 First Place Award in Sculpture, Richmond Art Center Annual Juried Show


2017-2018 Elemental, Oakopolis Gallery, Oakland, CA

2011-2012 Inner Dialogues Continue, Art Institute of California-San Francisco, Main Gallery

2006 Inner Dialogues III, Alta Bates Summit Community Gallery, Berkeley, CA

2005 25-Year Retrospective: Breaching Stylistic Boundaries, California Modern Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2005 Across Miles and Millennium, American Embassy, Athens, Greece

2005 Inner Dialogues II, Bank of America, El Cerrito, CA

2004 Inner Dialogues, JFKU Arts & Consciousness Gallery, Berkeley, CA

2001 It’s in the Gesture, Bucci’s, Emeryville, CA

2001 Not Just For Children, First Federal Savings & Loan, Oakland, CA

2000 Intensity of Color and Form, Linda Penzur Gallery, San Anselmo, CA

1998 Friends Are …, Roswell Visual Arts Center, Roswell, GA

1996 In Celebration of Woman, New Mexico Art League, Albuquerque, NM

1995 A Taste of Color, Wolfe’s Bagels, Albuquerque, NM (review)

1995 Non-Verbal Communications, New Mexico Art League, Albuquerque, NM

1994 Across Boundaries, New Mexico Art League, Albuquerque, NM (review)

1994 Stepping Out On Thin Ice, Atahaulpa Gallery, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM (review)

1993 Paintings and Sculptures, Studio 11, Oakland, CA

1992 Recent Works on Canvas and Paper, Studio 11, Oakland, CA

1991 & 92 Art Works, Christensen Heller Lowe, Berkeley, CA

1990 Paintings from Motherhood, Studio One Art Center, Oakland, CA

1989 & 90 Works from An Instructor’s Demos, First Federal Savings & Loan, Oakland, CA

1989 & 87 Dreams, Visions and Motherhood, First Federal Savings & Loan, Oakland, CA

1987 Dreams, Visions and Motherhood, University Y-House, Berkeley, CA

1987 A Coming Together of Old and New, Ariel Cafe, Berkeley, CA

1986 Recent Paintings, Ariel Cafe, Berkeley, CA

1983 Retrospective: Paintings, Drawings & Etchings, Edible Complex, Oakland, CA

1983 & 79 Dreams and Visions, First Federal Savings & Loan, Oakland, CA

1980 Dreams and Visions, First Federal Savings & Loan, San Francisco, CA

1980 The Female Figure, Cleo’s Coffee House, Berkeley, CA

1977 Art and the Archetypes, Berkeley Dream Festival Exhibition and Talk, First

Unitarian Church of Berkeley, CA


2005 The Best of California Modern, California Modern Art Gallery, SF, CA

1998 The Intensity of Color & Form (With Winni Hull) Gallery V, Ltd., Roswell, GA

1997 Dream Chasers (with Horne & Nadelhoffer), Roswell Visual Arts Center (article)

1985 Featured Artists (with Mark Briggs), Liquid Sky Club, San Francisco

1979 Dreams and Visions (with Dwight Hand) Galeria Pergola, San Miguel de

Allende, Gto., Mexico (review)


2009 ACCI National Juried Exhibition, Berkeley, CA

2007 Live Free or Die, Rhonda Schaller Studio, New York, NY

1995 ¡Magnifico!, New Mexico Watercolor Society, Albuquerque, NM (review)

1994 Holiday Best of Albuquerque, Main Public Library, Albuquerque, NM

1994 Fine Arts Gallery, New Mexico State Fair, Albuquerque, NM (review)

1994 National Small Painting Exhibit, New Mexico Art League, Albuquerque, NM

1985-91 Berkeley Art Center Association Annual Juried Shows, Berkeley, CA

1983 Richmond Art Center Annual Juried Show, Richmond, CA (award)


2016 Peralta Colleges: Figurative Faculty Artists, Laney College, Oakland, CA

2015 & 2001 Instructor’s Exhibition, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA

2012 Meditative Art, WCRC (Women’s Cancer Resource Center), Oakland, CA

2010 Spring Prints, Fingado Art Gallery, El Cerrito, CA

2009 Mirror In The Middle, Studio One Art Center, Oakland, CA

1999-2004 Selected Works, Arts & Consciousness Gallery, JFKU, Berkeley, CA

2001-3 Artist in Residency Annual Exhibitions, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA

2001 Scrambled Edge, Taking the Leap Exhibition, Emeryville, CA

2000-01 2X2, John F. Kennedy Arts & Consciousness Gallery, Berkeley, CA

1999 Top of the Map, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA

1994-96 Instructor’s Exhibitions, New Mexico Art League, Albuquerque, NM

1994-96 Members Exhibitions, New Mexico Art League, Albuquerque, NM

1995 Artist’s Studios, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM

1994 ¡Magnifico! Demonstrations and Exhibition, State Fair Grounds, Albuquerque, NM (review)

1990-93 Pro Arts Open Studios and Gallery Exhibits, Oakland, CA

1989-93 Faculty Shows, Studio One Art Center, Oakland, CA

1986 Annual Membership Show, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA


2011-Present Thousand Oaks Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA (Featured Artist, Oct 2011-Jan 2012)

2005 Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, CA

2002 Galleria Del Sol, Miami Beach, FL

2001 Downtown Gallery, Tracy, CA

1997-98 Gallery V, Ltd., Roswell, GA (Featured Artist, March 1998)

1995-96 Primarily People Gallery, Belen, NM (Featured Artist, Sept 1995)

1994 Radical Things Gallery, Corrales, NM

1990-93 Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA

1985-93 Studio 11 Gallery, Oakland (Featured Artist, 1986-93)

1972-89 Arnold’s Art Gallery, Tampa, FL

1988 Ariel Gallery, Albany, CA (article)

1983 Blue Lotus Gallery, Point Richmond, CA (Featured Artist, Sept-Dec 1983)

1981 Gallery Camaraderie, Berkeley, CA

1981 The Glen, El Cerrito, CA

1977-81 Prism Crescents, Berkeley, CA

1977 Gallery 884, Berkeley, CA


1999 City of Richmond Multi-Cultural Millennium Festival Mural Project Co-Coordinator/Director, Richmond, CA

1998-99 Sanctuary Enhancement Project Artistic Director/Coordinator, Roswell, GA

1992 The Fire Art Project Coordinator/Director (48 Bay Area Exhibits covering

Oakland, Berkeley & San Francisco CA (multiple articles, reviews plus award)

1988-96 Artists InterActive Video Productions Director/Producer/Talent/Manager (see www.aivideo.com) (Current Owner) (award)


1999 Historic Richmond, Commissioned by the City of Richmond, Richmond Art Center and Richmond Arts & Cultural Commission

1965-72 Indoor and outdoor, in public and private settings, individually or in

collaboration with other artists in Chicago, East Lansing and Lakeland, FL


2022/2023 The Second Book of Mandalas and Healing Art

2010 A Year of Sundays: The Mandala As An Artist’s Portal by Ruth Block, with Introduction & Commentary by Jim Shere (56 illustrations by Ruth Block)

1994 “Dream Ribbon Unfolding”, New Mexico Light, Cover Illustration, Vol. 3, No.2, Albuquerque, NM

1987 The Hidden Valley, by Strephon K. Williams, Journey Press (14 illustrations by Ruth Block)



PRO ARTS OPEN STUDIOS, EAST BAY 1992, 1993, 1999, 2011


• Art Classes and Workshops, Teacher, Facilitator, Instructor (See Professional Résumé for details)

• Arts Commissioner, City of Richmond

• Art Design and Color Consultant and Collaborator

• Artrain, Exhibiting and Demonstrating Artist

• Creative Process Facilitator (classes, demonstrations and support groups)

• Department Chair, Berkeley Adult School and Studio One Art Center

• Gallery Manager and Curator

• Graphic Art Layout and Designer for advertisements, brochures, invitations, logos, posters (Including Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra, AIV, etc.)

• Portrait Commissions of adults, animals and children, various media

• Promotional Media and Product Demonstrator, various media

• Photography