Ruth Weisberg

b. 1942

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Ruth Weisberg until we are able to commission a full entry.

Artist and Professor Ruth Weisberg.

Ruth Weisberg’s art helped bring the Reform Movement’s Open Door Haggadah to life with inclusive, feminist imagery. Weisberg studied art in Italy and Paris before returning to the United States to teach and open her own studio. Weisberg’s work spans drawing, painting, and large-scale installations, such as her “Sisters and Brothers,” which featured a Stonehenge-like structure made of panels showing siblings in moments of separation and connection. She has had 80 solo shows and 200 group exhibitions, and her work is featured in the collections of 60 museums and universities worldwide. In 1990, she became the first woman president of the College Art Association. She viewed her work on the Open Door Haggadah as an opportunity to reimagine and interpret the most illustrated text in the Jewish tradition. A documentary about her life and art, Ruth Weisberg: On the Journey, won a gold medal at the Aurora Film and Video Festival in 2003. She served as dean at the University of Southern California Roski School of Art and Design from 1995 to 2009; during this period, the school grew and took on more national and international focus As of 2023 she is Professor of Fine Arts at the Roski School, director of the USC Initiative for Israeli Arts and Humanities, and founder and President of the Jewish Artists Initiative of Southern California. Weisberg has received numerous awards and honors, including the Women's Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009, the Foundation for Jewish Culture’s 50th Anniversary Cultural Achievement Award in 2011, and the Printmaker Emeritus Award from the Southern Graphic Council International in 2015. 

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Ruth Weisberg." (Viewed on April 22, 2024) <http://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/weisberg-ruth>.