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Ruth Scheuing
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1989        Arts Administration Program, The Banff School of Management, Banff, AB.  
1981-84    Bachelor in Fine Arts (Art History minor), Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, NS.
1967        Diploma in Chemistry, University of Bern, Switzerland.


2006        Explorations in Fibers, Doris Ulman Galleries, Berea College, Kentucky. (catalogue)
2005        Transgressions of Nature, 2person with Lesley Richmond, Craft House Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2005        The Shadow of Production: Work from the Collection, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver.
2005        Niche: Fit and Form within Contemporary Sculpture, works from the collection ,
              Confederation Arts Centre Art Gallery, PEI, curated by Kevin Rice and Shauna McCabe.
2004        11th International Lodz Triennale of Tapestry, Lodz, Poland (invitational).
2003-2004 Old Traditions - New Interpretations: Marianna Corless and Ruth Scheuing.
              Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam, BC.
              Thinking Textiles, group exhibition, curated by Deborah Koenker, Richmond Art Gallery, BC.
2000-2002 e-textiles: ventures - jacquard weaving, group exhibition curated by Mariette Rousseau-Vermette,
              Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal, Museum for Textiles, Toronto, Pendulum Gallery,
              Vancouver, BC. ( CD-ROM cat.).
2001        Digital Garden/Jardin Numérique (installation) for Tissue Urbain, group exhibition, Montreal.
2000        CONNECTION, re-CONNECTION, inter-CONNECTION, Mary Black Gallery, Halifax, N.S.
              group exhibition curated by Ilona Hay (cat.).
              Material, Process, and Objects: Expanding the Practice of Fiber Arts: Prichard Art Gallery,
              University of Idaho, Moscow Idaho and Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum, Idaho.
              group exhibition curated by Layne Goldsmith.
              Language of Crafts, Canadian Crafts Museum, Vancouver, BC,
              group exhibition curated by Ron Kong (cat.)
1999        Digital Identities; Transforming Communities: Reinventing Ourselves Surrey Art Gallery
              group exhibition curated by Elizabeth Kidd. (catalogue)
1998        Dressing Down; group show curated by Robin Metcalf at Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Ont. (cat.)
              webs://textiles and new technologies; preparation of a web project 'to weave a virtual web'
              invitational exhibition curated by Emily Dubois, UC Davis, California. (web page)
              Heroes, Goddesses and Monsters: Artists Interpretation of the Odyssey across 25 Centuries;
              group exhibition Bowden College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine; USA.
              Made by Hand, anniversary group exhibition of Crafts Association of BC, by invitation;
              Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, BC. (cat.)
              Built to Code, with Katy Campbell and Laiwan at ArtSpeak Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
              curated by Susan Edelstein.
1997        Tracing Purpose; International Invitational Exhibition; Kansas City.
1996        SYMPO - FIBRES international de Saint - Hyacinthe; invitational international artist.
              residency and symposium , Centre Expression, Saint - Hyacinthe, Quebec.
              Patternings (2 - artists exhibition) Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
              Afterimages: Representing the Absent Body group exhibition curated by Gil McElroy
              for the Technical University of Nova Scotia, Faculty of Architecture, Halifax, N.S. (cat.).
1995        8th International Lodz Triennale of Tapestry, Lodz, Poland (invitational group exhibition)
              Untitled, group exhibition curated by Janis Bowley, Or Gallery, Vancouver, BC.
1994        Go Figure, group exhibition curated by Ann Rosenberg, Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, BC.
1993-1994 Corpus, group exhibition curated by Bruce Grenville; Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon;
              touring to the Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff and Oakville Art Gallery, Ontario. (cat.)
1993-1995 Empty Dress, group exhibition curated by Nina Felshin for Independent Curators Inc. New York
              touring in USA and Canada. (catalogue)
1993        Anatomy of a Suit, solo exhibition, Contemporary Gallery, Textile Museum, Toronto, Ont.,
              curated by Sarah Quinton.
              Critical Images, group exhibition curated by Liane Davidson, Surrey Art Gallery, BC.
1992        Radical Textiles, solo exhibition curated by Jon Winet; Southern Exposure, San Francisco, Ca.
              Geometry of the Body, solo exhibition curated by Gemey Kelly, Owens Art Gallery, Sackville,NB. (catalogue)
              Vestiges, group exhibition curated by Catherine Pheonix, Eye Level Gallery, Halifax, NS.
1991        Intertextile, solo exhibition curated by Glenn Allison; Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon, Man.
1991        Sixiéme Biennale de la Tapisserie Contemporaine de Montréal; at Expression, Centre
              Exposition, Sainte Hyacinthe, Q. and Maison de la Culture Marie Uguay, Montréal, Q.
1990        Buried Stories, group exhibition with Wilma Needham and Eva Manly; SAW Gallery, Ottawa.
              Soft Ground, 4 person exhibition curated by Franklyn Heisler, Muttard Art Gallery, Calgary, Ab.
1989        13 Men or Penelope, solo exhibition, Powerhouse Gallery/La Centrale, Montreal, Q;
              13 Men or Penelope, solo exhibition, Galerie d'Art, Université de Moncton, NB.
              13 Men or Penelope, solo exhibition, UNB Art Centre, Fredericton, NB.
1988        Fibreworks 2, juried exhibition, The Library Gallery, Cambridge, Ont.
1987        13 Men, solo exhibition, OR Gallery, Vancouver, BC.
              Artropolis, group exhibition organized by Vancouver Artists League, Vancouver, BC.
1986        The Continuous Thread, group exhibition, Eye Level Gallery, Halifax, NS.
              Alterations, solo exhibition, The Other Gallery, Banff, Alta.
1985        AVATAR, juried exhibition (honorable mention), Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, NS.
1984        Use-ful / Use-less, solo exhibition Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, NS.
              Satire as Discontent, group exhibition, Eye Level Gallery, Halifax, NS.


since 1992        Instructor Textile Arts Program,
1992 -2004       Coordinator in Textile Arts Program,
                     Capilano College, North Vancouver, BC.
1989-1991        Assistant Head-Textiles, in Art Studio at
                     The Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alta.
1987-1989        Director/Coordinator, for Artist-Run Centre
                     Gallery Connexion, Fredericton, NB.
1987-1989        Instructor in textile design and papermaking
                     New Brunswick Craft School, Fredericton, NB.
1984-1985        Assistant Coordinator Nova Scotia Designer Craft Council, Halifax, NS.

2006        Capilano Review, artists pages.
2000-2001     Nature as Code presented at the Textile Society of America conference in Santa Fe
              published as part of conference proceedings
2000        Louise Bérubé: Woven Images; for Craft Arts International, Australia, summer issue
1999        Material Matters: The Art and Culture of Contemporary Textiles, published by YYZ, Toronto
              a series of essays by various authors, co-edited by Ingrid Bachmann and Ruth Scheuing
1998        Contemporary Truths: Recent Works of Tass Mavrogordato and Ann Newdigate,
              The Craft Factor, Saskatoon, Winter 1997/98, pp. 20-22.
              Jacquard workshop in Montreal, a review for Textile Forum, (spring) Germany
1997        Spinning Tales: This is Not a Fairy Tale, for Inversions, MAWA Publication, Winninpeg
1995        The Unraveling of History, for Ars textrina , Vol.24, Winnipeg p.49-60
              Penelope or the Unraveling of History as part of New Feminist Criticism: Critical Strategies,
              edited by Katy Deepwell, published by Manchester University Press.
              Women's Visions - Women's Stories curating of group exhibition at Douglas College, BC
1994        Patternings, Semiotext(e) Canadas, edited by Jordan Zinovitsch, publ. Semiotext, New York.
1991        Penelope, a text for a collaborative performance piece with composer Marc Patch.
1990        Penelope, artist page for Soft Ground, Muttard Art Gallery, Calgary, Alta.
1989        Artist Run Centres in New Brunswick; for Wild East, June.
1988        Curating, essay writing and catalogue productions for Gallery Connexion, Fredericton, NB
              The Creating of New Legends; interview with Shirley Bear, Wild East Vol. 1 #1.
1987        Unromantic as Monday Morning; review of group exhibition, C Magazine, Fall.


2006        Chair of panel ‘Mapping new territories: memory, materiality and process’ and presenting a paper on ‘Walking a line:               GPS and satellite technology as narrative’ accepted for TSA (Textile Society of America)
              conference in Toronto in fall 2006.
2006        Juror for BC Arts Council Awards in Visual Arts
2005        Artist Lecture/Visiting Artist at Lethbridge University, Alberta.
2004        Keynote lecture: Issues in Contemporary Textile Arts, Fiber Festival, Comox, BC.
2004        Curating: Burning Bridges over Troubled Waters, Comox Valley Art Gallery, Comox.
2003        Koerner Lecture: Unraveled: on textiles, art, language and technology; Capilano College.
2003        Juror: Vancouver Foundation Visual Arts Jury.
2002        Lecture: Constructing Nature: the Return of Patterns, Flowers and the Jacquard Loom for E-textiles exhibition,
              Museum for Textiles, Toronto, Ont.
2002        Juror ‘If images speak a 1000 words…..?’ Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver.
2002        Seminar presentation "to weave but webs to catch the wind" for Convergence 2002.
2001-2004 Board member and Canadian Rep. for TSA (Textile Society of America)
              Chair of a panel ‘Textile as Code’/ and presenter of a paper ‘Nature as Code’ at Textile
              Society of America biannual conference in Santa Fe; published in proceedings
2001        Juror Artropolis 2001, Vancouver, BC.
1999+2000 Lectures on Jacquard weaving + my own work at the University of Washington, Seattle
1998        webs://textiles and new technology; panel participant at UC Davis, California.
1998        Keynote speaker for Visual Arts at the BC Festival of the Arts, Prince George, BC.
1998        Lecture/panelist as part of ‘Dressing Down’, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Ont.
1997        Guest Artist Lecture at Alberta College of Art, Calgary.
1994-1997 Board member of Crafts Association of BC. (CABC).
1996        Invitational international artist residency and symposium SYMPO - FIBRES international
              de Saint - Hyacinthe, Quebec, organized by Michel Groleau.
1996        Talks with Penelope: public lecture at Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver.
1995/2002 Guest lecture Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, Vancouver, BC.
1995        Panelist for Arriere – Garde; Criticality in Contemporary Ceramics and Fiber
              Practices at the Universities Art Association of Canada in Guelph, Ont.
1995+1994 Short residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, AB.
1994        Presenter of A Continuing Thread: Penelope and other Stories, for ars textrina,
              Ellensburg, WA. (published)
1993        Chair of panel Critical Thinking, for conference Making a Place for Tapestry,
              Vancouver and co-editor of transcripts.
1992        Lecture + panelist for Textile as Language for Cloth - an Infinite of Gestures, a
              symposium organized by Concordia University, Montreal.
1992        Panelist/Presenter at Feminist Art in the 90's on panel dealing with Textiles in the
              Border, London, England + Visiting Artist at Goldsmith College, London England.
1992        Panelist/Presenter at Sartorial Codes organized in conjunction with Radical Textiles, a
              2 person exhibition in San Francisco.
1991        Visiting Artist, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Halifax.


2003/1     Nomination for Bronfmann Award
2001        BC Arts Council Project Assistance
1997        Canada Council A Grant
1996        Chalmers Crafts Award recipient
1995/91    Canada Council B Grant
1993/90/89 Canada Council, Travel Grant
1992        Canada Council, Chalmers Project Grant
1992/89    New Brunswick Travel Grant and Portfolio Grant
1995/1985 Banff Centre Scholarship


2001        E-Textiles: artists and the Jacquard loom; by Margo Mensing, Surface Design Journal, fall.
2000        When Text Meets Textiles, review by Robin Laurence, Georgia Straight July 27,00
1996        Ruth Scheuing - Re(con)textualizing Textiles; feature article by Christine Lawrance, Artichoke, fall/winter 1996.
1995        Textiles Redressed, by Robin Lawrence, The Weekend Sun May 13, 1995
1994        Bodily Engagement, by Robin Lawrence, Vancouver Sun, April
1993        Ruth Scheuing- (Re)Tracing Threads, by Mireille Perron, Fiberarts, Nov.1993
              Subversive Stitches, by Robin Lawrence, Georgia Straight, May 6,1993
              Pinstripe metamorphoses, by David Livingstone, Gobe & Mail Aug.2, 1993
              Ruth Scheuing: Geometry of the Body, by Maria Kubacki, Arts Atlantic 47, fall 93
1992        Dismantling Men's Business Suits, by Ann Newdigate, Texts #7 winter 1992, Calgary, Alta.
1990        Senshoku alpha, 9 #114, by Naoko Furue (in Japanese).
1989        13 Men or Penelope, by Alan Bentley, Arts Atlantic 35, p.37.
1988        WEB: 13 Men or Penelope, by Petra Watson, C Magazine 18, p.65.
1986        The Continuous Thread, by Robin Metcalfe, Arts Atlantic 26 p.26.


1998        'to weave a virtual web' or 'the empress' new clothing', stories, myths and metaphors
              not currently operating, but in process of updating and reappearing on that site
1996        as part of a listing of Canadian Women artists:
1993        organizer of To Spin a Tale, a mixed media Internet project for Sansair gallery.
1991        Penelope, a documentary film about the work of Ruth Scheuing, produced and directed by
              Janet Clark, Fredericton, NB. (available also in video cassette)


2006        Explorations in Fibers, Doris Ulman Galleries, Berea College, Kentucky.
2004        11th International Lodz Triennale of Tapestry, Poland.
2003        Thinking Textiles, group exhibition, curated by Deborah Koenker, Richmond Art Gallery
2000        e-textiles: ventures - jacquard weaving, CD-ROM catalogue, Montreal, Quebec,
              essays by Barbara Layne and Margo Mensing.
              Language of Crafts, Canadian Crafts Museum, Vancouver, BC, essay by Ron Kong.
              CONNECTION, re-CONNECTION, inter-CONNECTION, Mary Black Gallery,Halifax, N.S. essay by Ilona Hay.
1999        Digital Identities; Transforming Communities: Reinventing Ourselves
              essays by Liane Davison and Elizabeth Kidd, Surrey Art Gallery, BC.
1998        Dressing Down, essay by Robin Metcalf, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Ont.
1997        Tracing Purpose, Kansas City, as part Surface Design conference.
1996        Afterimages: Representing the Absent Body, Technical University of Nova Scotia, Halifax, N.S.
              essay by by Gil McElroy.
1995        8th International Lodz Triennale of Tapestry, Poland.
1993        Empty Dress: Clothing as Surrogate in Recent Art, by Nina Felshin, ICI New York
              Corpus, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, essay by Bruce Grenville.
1992        Geometry of the Body, Gemey Kelly, Owens Art Gallery, Sackville, NB
              Sixième Biennale de la tapisserie contemporaine, Montreal.
1990        Soft Ground, essays by Franklyn Heisler and Helen Marzolf, Muttard Art Gallery, Calgary.
1987        Centennial Celebration, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS.
              Artropolis, Vancouver Artists League, Vancouver, BC.
1986        Echapée de Coeur, Manon Blanchette, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Alta.