Ruth Lauer Manenti is a visual artist who lives in Upstate New York.
I am a working photographer living in the Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York. My background is in painting and drawing, but fifteen years ago I inherited a 1950s Crown Graphic large format camera from someone whom I greatly admired. I taught myself how to use the camera and gradually was able to accomplish what I had been striving for in drawing and painting, through photography.
My mother was also an artist. She had a wealth of talent and worked steadily throughout her life, yet her number one role was to take care of her family. Sadly, she left behind a legacy of unwanted, unpublished, basically unknown work. I realize, now that she has passed away, that part of my determination to receive acknowledgement and support from the art world is to reward her for her efforts and to create some kind of continuum.
Ruth received a BFA in painting from The School of Visual Arts in NYC and an MFA in drawing, printmaking and painting from the Yale School of Art in 1994, where she later taught drawing and printmaking. She also taught drawing, painting, and printmaking at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Ruth’s work has been exhibited at the Bill Maynes Art Gallery, the Lower East Side Printshop, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Paula Cooper Gallery, The Griffin Museum of Photography, John Davis Gallery in Hudson, New York, Dartmouth College and Le Salon Vert in Geneva, Switzerland. Ruth was a recipient of the 2016 New York Foundation for the Arts grant in photography. Most recently Ruth was an International Portfolio Winner in the Soho Photo Gallery competition in 2019.
Ruth’s work has been collected by the New York Public Library as well as many private collections including Lois Conner, Louise Fishman, An-My Lê, Frances Barth, Bruce Gagnier, Sylvia Mangold, Dan Walsh, and Chris Martin.