Hancock's Ann Foxworthy Gallery Showcases Art by Joanne Beaule Ruggles

Ruggles' work is on display Sept. 4 through Oct. 25

Joanne Beaule Ruggles ArtSEPTEMBER 6, 2019 -- Artist Joanne Beaule Ruggles is displaying her stunning figurative work at the Ann Foxworthy Gallery on Allan Hancock College’s Santa Maria campus through Oct. 25.

The show, titled “Pilgrimage”, consists of figurative works and paintings that showcase Ruggles’ distinct and creative voice. That voice, fierce and confident, is apparent in her quick ink sketches – virtuoso pieces of fluid daring – and in her abstract expressionist paintings populated by life-sized figures rising, twisting, writhing and falling. Layers of paint and/or collage are applied with passionate strokes using a stable of unorthodox tools and techniques. Risking discomfort, Ruggles joins mentors like Michelangelo, Kollwitz, Rodin and others in conveying the full range of life’s bounty for an audience she expects to be receptive, as well as resilient.

“Pleasantly skillful work does not interest me because it does not ask enough from the viewer, or expose enough of the creator,” said Ruggles. “I prefer art that records an honest struggle—an intense and often an awkward search to locate images that are large, revealing, passionate, and raw.”

Employing a wide range of such gestural expression, the Ruggles creates a sense of theater; pulling figures together into large-scale, complex, vibrant and emotional orchestrations of acrylic paint, charcoal, collage and/or ink.

“The study of the human form is a spiritual experience – an act of trust between model and artist – a collaboration where the model disrobes so the artist may know,” said Ruggles. “What the artist learns is not simply the anatomical structure of that specific human body, but more importantly, what it is to be human.”

Ruggles holds BFA and MFA degrees from Ohio State University. She served as an art lecturer at Ohio State, Allan Hancock College and Cuesta College, as well as in Cal Polys SLO’s School of Architecture. In 2004 she concluded her 35-year academic career as professor emeritus of studio art at Cal Poly. Ruggles was also named one of two recipients of the university's annual Distinguished Scholarship Award. Ruggles also served as a reviewer of artist residency applications for the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony from 1988 to 2004 and has been a juror for the San Luis Obispo County's Art in Public Places Commission. She has served on the advisory board of the SLO County Arts Council, the board of the SLO Art Center and chaired the city's Promotional Coordinating Committee.

An artists' reception will be held on Sept. 19 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Ann Foxworthy Gallery.

For more information on the artist, visit Ruggles’ website at www.joannebeauleruggles.com or @joannebeauleruggles on Instagram. The Ann Foxworthy Gallery is located in the Academic Resource Center, bldg. L, on the Santa Maria campus. For more information on this exhibit or the Ann Foxworthy Gallery, visit www.hancockcollege.edu/gallery, contact gallery director Laura-Susan Thomas at laura.thomas@hancockcollege.edu or 1-805-922-6966 ext. 3465.

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Caption: Artist Joanne Beaule Ruggles show “Pilgrimage” is on display at the Ann Foxworthy Gallery on Allan Hancock College’s Santa Maria campus through Oct. 25.

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Last Modified Sep 6, 2019