Ruth Geneslaw


I grew up in Buffalo, NY, the daughter of a tailor and a seamstress. It seemed only natural that I should be drawn to textiles. I majored in art at the University of Buffalo and taught art briefly but, after moving to New York in the early sixties, I began to pursue my interest in fiber art. The seventies saw a resurgence in weaving and other textile arts, and I was a part of that renaissance. For over 20 years I exhibited my fiber constructions internationally, and completed numerous commissions for residential and corporate spaces. However, in 1988 a confluence of circumstances, interests and a new studio led to a dramatic shift in my work. I also assumed a second career as a librarian. A longtime interest in the sculpture of naive and outsider artists led to my own experimentation with woodcarving. Using knives and basswood I began to construct narrative vignettes that explored social and political themes and often included autobiographical elements. As the work developed over time it became edgier and resonated on different levels. I have sought to address the hypocrisy, ambivalence, contradiction and hubris of events that touch our lives. The human condition continues to provide endless material for my commentary. My studio is in Haverstraw, NY.

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Grants/Awards/Appointments
Honorable Mention, smallWORKS, Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY, 2020
Art and Activism, presenter at Second Saturday Series, Arts Council of Rockland, Garnerville, NY, 7/14/18
Honorable Mention, Studio Montclair Viewpoints 2017, aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ
1st Award for 3-Dimensional Art, smallWORKS, Garrison Art Centr, Garrison, NY, 2016
Award of Excellence, HERStory: 2016, Manhattan Arts International, online exhibition, 2016.
1st Award for 3-Dimensional Art, smallWORKS, Garrison Art Center, Garrson, NY, 2014.
Strategic Opportunity Stipend (S.O.S.), New York Foundation for the Arts, 2008
Weiss Sisters’ Prize for Sculpture, 105th Annual Juried Art Exhibition of New England/ NY, New Haven
Paint & Clay Club, John Slade Ely House, New Haven, CT, 2006
Award of Excellence, 17th Annual NJ Small Works Show, Center Gallery at Old Church, Demarest, NJ, 2006
Grant, Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Inc., 2005
County Executive Visual Artist Award, Rockland County, NY 1997
1st Prize in Sculpture, It’s Love, Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY, 1995
Rockland County Arts in Public Places Committee, Appointed 1992 – 2006
New York State Craft Artists Grant, Empire State Crafts Alliance & New York State Council on the Arts, 1990
Fellowship, NJ State Council on the Arts, 1984 and 1980
Juror’s Award, Silk Works, Gayle Willson Gallery, Southampton, NY, 1984
Artpark Artist-in-Residence, Lewiston, NY, 1983
Award for Excellence, The Art in Craft, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 1978
National Park Service Grant, Crafts in the Parks Program, 1974

Selected Exhibition
smallWORKS, Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY, 2020
The Long View (virtual exhibition), Arts Council of Rockland, Garnerville, NY, 2020
The Artist Perseveres (virtual exhibition), Mamaroneck Artists Guild, Mamaroneck, NY, 2020
Thirty-Seven, Hopper House (virtual exhibition), Nyack, NY, 2020
Fear, Volition Gallery, Bell-ans Center of Creative Arts. Orangeburg, NY, 2019
re:HUMANs, Lagstein Gallery, Nyack, NY, 2019
Figurative Language, Zakin Gallery, The Art School at Old Church, Demarest, NJ, 2019
Emancipation of the Mind, Arts Mid-Hudson, Poughkeepsie, NY, 2019
Figuratively Speaking: Feats, Foibles, Follies, Pomona Cultural Center, Pomona, NY, 2018
Cryin’ for Justice, Garnerville, Arts Center, Garnerville, NY, 2017
Studio Montclair Viewpoints 2017, aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NY, 2017
smallWORKS, Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY, 2016
HERStory: 2016, Manhattan Arts International, online exhibition, 2016
Ruth Geneslaw: A Particular Point of View, Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY, 2015
Studio Montclair Viewpoints 2015, aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ, 2015
smallWORKS, Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY, 2014
Artoberfest, Garner Arts Center, Garnerville, NY, 2014
Stories We Tell, Women’s Caucus for Art, Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY 2013
Voices, Blue Door Gallery, Yonkers, NY, 2013
It’s All About Me, Azarian McCullough Gallery, St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY, 2012
Resurrection Show, Garnerville Arts Center, Garnerville, NY, 2012
Garnerworld, Garnerville Arts Center, Garnerville, NY, 2012
An Elegant Distortion, Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, NY, 2009
Then and Now, Azarian-McCullough Art Gallery, St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY, 2008
Works in Wood, New Hope Arts, New Hope, PA, 2006
Signatures of Age, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2006
105th Annual Juried Art Exhibition of New England/NY, New Haven Paint & Clay Club, New Haven, CT, 2006
17th Annual NJ Small Works Show, Center Gallery at Old Church, Demarest, NJ, 2006
Solo Exhibition, Azarian-McCullough Art Gallery, St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY, 2005
Artistic Fragments: Art 2005, Tri-State Juried Exhibition, Katonah Museum, Katonah, NY, 2005
Projekt30, Juried Internet Exhibition, February 2005
The Letter and the Word, Old Church Cultural Center, Demarest, NJ, 2004
Two Person Exhibition, Pomona Cultural Center, Pomona, NY, 2004
Glory Be! Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, Coshocton, OH, 2002
Solo Exhibition, Arts Council of Rockland, Spring Valley, NY, 1999
Gayle Willson Gallery, Southampton, NY, 1997
Rocklandia, Hopper House, Nyack, NY, 1997
Contemporary New York State Crafts, New York State Museum, Albany, NY, 1997
If the Shoe Fits, fao gallery, New York, NY, 1996 & Hopper House, Nyack, NY, 1997
Rockland Connection: Today, Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY 1996
It’s Love, Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY, 1995
X-Sightings, Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, NY, 1994
Frank Miele Gallery, New York, NY 1994
Women of the Americas, Arts Alliance of Haverstraw, Haverstraw, NY 1993
Distinguished Alumni Exhibit, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1993
New Jersey Designer Craftsmen 40th Anniversary Exhibition, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ, 1990
Artists of the Hudson River Valley, America House Gallery, Piermont, NY, 1989
Fiber, Metal, Wood, NJ State Museum, Trenton, NJ, 1986
In Recognition of Excellence, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ, 1986
Softly Stated Spaces, Thorpe Intermedia Gallery, Sparkill, NY, 1985
Five in Fiber, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA, 1985
Silk Works, Gayle Willson Gallery, Southampton, NY 1984
Fellows and Friends, Montclair State College, Montclair, NJ 1984
Elements of Craft, Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ, 1984
New Jersey Designer Craftsmen: Three Decades of Fine Crafts, Bergen County Museum, Paramus, NJ, 1982
Two Person Exhibition, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ, 1980
3rd and 4th International Exhibition of Miniature Textiles, London & extended tour, 1980 and 1978
Fellowship Recipient Exhibition, NJ State Museum, Trenton, NJ, 1980
Two Person Exhibition, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ, 1980
Works in Miniature, The Elements, New York, NY, 1980
National Miniature Fiber Exhibition, Armory for the Arts, Santa Fe, NM and Textile Museum, Washington, DC, 1979
The Art in Craft, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 1978
Contemporary Fiber Art, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ, 1978
Landscape: New Views, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1978
Celebration 20, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, NY, 1976
Solo Exhibition, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ, 1976

Commissions/Collections
Sumitomo Bank, New York, NY 1987
Temple Emanuel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, 1987 and 1983
Abelson-Taylor, Inc., Chicago, IL, 1985
Jack Lenor Larson, New York, NY, 1984
Kaiser Foundation Hospital, South Sacramento, CA, 1984
Windsor 9, Windsor, CT, 1984
Ernst and Whinney, Newark, NJ, 1984
Smith Klein & French, Philadelphia, PA, 1984
Bell Laboratories, Freehold, NJ, 1984
Hartford Courant Skybox, Coliseum, Hartford, CT, 1983
Pacific Telephone Company, San Jose, CA, 1983
Continental National Bank, Fort Worth, TX, 1982
Dean Whitter Reynolds, World Trade Center, New York, NY, 1982
Hackensack Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ, 1981
Meridien Hotel, Houston, TX, 1980
Harwood K. Smith & Partners, Dallas, TX, 1980
National Park Service, Harpers Ferry, VA, 1974

Education
BFA – University of Buffalo, 1960, cum laude
MA – Teachers College, Columbia University, 1963
Studied with Alice Adams, 1964

Publications/Media
The Rockland County Times, January 29 – February 4, 2015
The New York Times, Aug 29, 1999; Dec 26, 1993; Sept 29, 1991; Aug 19, 1990; Feb 24, 1985; Feb 17, 1985; June 3, 1984; Oct 9, 1983; Aug 14, 1983; June 5, 1981; Dec 7, 1980; Oct 19, 1980; June 29, 1980; July 30, 1978; Nov 18, 1973
Craft Horizons/American Craft, Dec 1985; Oct 1983; June 1981; Dec 1980; June 1979; Feb 1978; June 1976; June 1975
Fiberarts, Sept/Oct 1994; Jan/Feb 1986; Jan/Feb 1985; July/Aug 1984; July/Aug 1980; May/June 1980; July/Aug 1979; No. 6, 1978; No. 2, 1978; No. 6, 1977
Hudson Valley Magazine, November 2005
Buffalo News, June 10, 1994
Artists Talk on Art, Panel Discussion, Soho20 Gallery, New York, NY, March 25, 1988
State of the Arts, New Jersey Network Public Television, Studio Visit and Television Interview, July 15 and 17, 1983
Textile/Art, Driadi 14, 12/80
Artweek, 7/19/80
Fiberarts Design Book, 1980; Fiberarts Design Book II, 1983
Fiberscope, Interweave Press, 1979
Feltmaking, Beverly Gordon, 1980
Double Weave, Palmy Weigle, 1978
Fiber Arts, Diane Maurer, 1978
Creative Handweaving, Xenia Ley Parker, 1976
Soft Sculpture and Other Soft Art Forms, Dona Meilach, 1974