About


Ruth Steinberg is a photo-based artist from Ottawa Canada.  She holds a BFA from the University of Manitoba, an MA in Applied Linguistics from Carleton University and graduated from the two year Portfolio Program at the School of the Photographic Arts Ottawa.

Ruth was the Artist in Residence at Enriched Bread Artists in 2014 where she produced her award-winning series What the Body Remembers. She was one of seven emerging artists invited to exhibit in the Karsh Award group show Continuum, held in 2017 in celebration of Canada’s 150 anniversary. In 2018 Ruth was a winner in the International Julia Margaret Cameron Award, which exhibited at the Barcelona Foto Biennale. Her ongoing series about her mother was recognized in 2019 by jurist Fran Forman for a feature in  Rfotofolio Selections. (https://rfotofolio.org/2019/05/10/ruth-steinberg/)


Well before I ever picked up a camera I discovered the works of Diane Arbus and Dorothea Lange, and in recent years, that of Sebastiao Salgado.  Although the subjects of their photography differ, what these artists have in common is their curiosity and deep compassion for the marginalized and “unseen” among us. By showing us images of the dispossessed, these artists brought their stories and circumstances to the mainstream and gave dignity to people oftentimes overlooked. 

Like these artists that so influenced me, I have been drawn to comment on some of the contemporary social questions of our time, not as a documentary photographer but through my artistic interpretation of events or issues. Working in the genres of portraiture and the nude, my earliest projects make visible the “hidden” long-term care residents of a rehabilitation facility (Saint Vincents) and the sexual assault of a young woman on an American university campus ( Disposable). Comfortable in his Own Skin documents one person’s challenges with both gender identity and body dysmorphia. What the Body Remembers and Safekeeping focus on issues related to the elderly and aging. 

My work may be varied in topic and genres but the single thread running throughout is compassion. I seek to understand and acknowledge the people I encounter, to listen to and honour their histories, and to share their stories through my art.

Exhibitions


COMFORTABLE IN HIS OWN SKIN

Solo Show

Enriched Bread Artists

Ottawa ON, 2019


SELF PORTRAIT 

Juried Group Exhibition (Jurist Aline Smithson)

PhotoPlace Gallery

Middlebury VT, 2019


FIGUREWORKS    

Group Exhibition   

St.Brigid’s Centre for the Arts

Ottawa ON, 2018


JULIA MARGARET CAMERON  BARCELONA FOTO BIENNALE

Group Exhibition

Space Nau Bostik

Barcelona, Spain, 2018


FEMININE REDUX: WORKS BY RUTH STEINBERG AND LORI BRETHOUR

Joint Exhibition

Studio 66

Ottawa ON, 2018


CELEBRATING WOMEN

Juried Group Exhibition (Jurist Joyce Tenneson)

PhotoPlace Gallery,

Middlebury Vt, 2018


FOUNDATIONS/FUTURES

Group Exhibition

Studio 66

Ottawa ON, 2018


ARTICULATIONS

Group Exhibition

Studio 66

Ottawa ON, 2017


CONTINUUM: KARSH AWARD ARTISTS WELCOME A NEW GENERATION

Group Exhibition

Karsh-Masson Gallery

Ottawa ON, 2017


INTIMATE PORTRAITS

Juried Group Exhibition (Jurist Joyce Tenneson)

PhotoPlace Gallery

Middlebury VT, 2017


PAS DE DEUX/TANGO

Solo Show

Atrium Gallery

Ottawa ON, 2017


PAYSAGE

Group Exhibition

Darkroom Gallery

Essex VT, 2017


PORTRAITS FOR JACQUES BREL

Solo Show

Gladstone Theatre

Ottawa ON, 2016


TRANSIENCE

Online Group Exhibition 

L.A. Photo Curator

Los Angeles CA, 2016


REVEAL

Group Exhibition

Darkroom Gallery

Essex VT, 2015


WHAT THE BODY REMEMBERS

Artist Talk,

Studio 66

Ottawa ON 2015


DEVELOPPE

Group Exhibition

National Arts Centre

Ottawa ON, 2014



EXHIBIT #9

Group Exhibition

Red Wall Gallery

Ottawa ON, 2014


UNSEEN

Group Exhibition

La Petite Mort Gallery

Ottawa ON 2014


EXHIBIT #8

Group Exhibition

Red Wall Gallery

Ottawa ON 2013





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