Born New York, New York


Within This Garden: Photographs by Ruth Thorne-Thomsen. Published by Aperture, 1993
Postais dun Sono (Postcards from a Dream): Ruth Thorne-Thomsen, published by Centro de Estudos               Fotograficos, Vigo, Spain, 1994


M.F.A. (Photography) School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 1974-1976
B.A.     (Photography) Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 1971-1973
B.F.A.  (Painting) Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois 1966-1970
F.A.      (Dance) Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri 1961-1963

Professional Experience

1983-1989 Associate Professor, University of Colorado, Denver
1988 Chair, Department of Fine Arts and Theater, University of Colorado, Denver
1983-1987 Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, Denver
1974-1982 Full Time Faculty, Columbia College Chicago
1978 Staff Photographer, Chicago Sun-Times Chicago, Illinois
1964-1965 Sybil Shearer Dance Company, Northbrook, Illinois

Grants and Awards 

2001 Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, Individual Fellowship
1996 Bessie Berman Award for Photography, Leeway Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
1995 Lifetime Achievement Award, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
1994 Ruth Thorne-Thomsen, Artist in Residence, Vigo, Spain
1988 National Endowment Individual Fellowship Grant, Residency, La Napoule, France
1982 National Endowment for the Arts, Emerging Artist Fellowship Grant
1979 National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Seminar with Theodore Reff, Paris, France
1976 John Quincy Adams Fellowship, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Selected Solo Exhibitions since 1993

2013 Invented Worlds: Photographs by Ruth Thorne-Thomsen, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art,
         Kansas City, MO
2012 Two of a Mind. Ray K. Metzker: Pictus Interruptus / Ruth Thorne-Thomsen: Expeditions, Laurence Miller                    Gallery, New York, NY
2003 Ruth Thorne-Thomsen, Petits Theatres d’images, 1980-2000. La Scene Watteau, Nogent-sur-Marne,                        France
2002 Agua Tierra, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL
2002 Encontros de Imagem, A Imagem Surreal Associacao de Fotografia e Cinema de Braga, Portugal
2001 Agua Tierra, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY
2001 Mythologies, Galerie Francoise Paviot, Paris, France
2000 Orphans, Schmidt Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1998 A Retrospective Journey - Photographs by Ruth Thorne-Thomsen, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
1998 Proverbs, Schmidt Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
                Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY
                John Oulman Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
                 Ehlers Caudill Gallery, Chicago, IL
                 Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO
1997 Mythologies: Photographs by Ruth Thorne-Thomsen, St. Louis Art Museum
1993-1996 Within This Garden: Photographs by Ruth Thorne-Thomsen. A traveling retrospective exhibition,                        organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, accompanied by a monograph/catalogue
                 co-published by Aperture.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 Another Way of Telling: Women Photographers from the Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art,                        Philadelphia, PA 
2016 Pyramids & Sphinxes, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
2008 Philadelphia Masters, Gallery 339, Philadelphia, PA
2005 Far Afield, Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO
2005 Building References, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2003 Retrospectacle: 25 Years of collecting Modern and Contemporary Art Part II, Denver Art Museum,                      Denver, CO

Selected Museum Collections

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
International Center of Photography, New York, NY
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, Texas
The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

Selected Reviews & Publications

2002 Artner, G. Alan, "Ruth Thorne-Thomsen" Chicago Tribune, Section 7, March 1, 2002

2001 New Yorker Magazine"Ruth Thorne-Thomsen" August 13, 2001
         Knopka, Bogdan, "Mithologie Ruth Thorne-Thomsen,"fotografia, issn. 1509-9628 #6/2001 Poland
         Sendon, Manuel, Postais Dun Sono (Postcards from a Dream) -- Ruth Thorne-Thomsen. Do Trinique,                Centro de Estudos Fotograficos, 50 pages
         Sozanski, Edward J. "Chemistry and Mystery" The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 2001
         Art News, International Reviews, "Ruth Thorne-Thomsen, Francoise Paviot, Paris" June, 2001
         LeGoff, Harve, "Ruth Thorne-Thomsen Mythologies" a voir-photographies, France, issue 12, May 2001

2000 Hirsch, Robert. Seizing the Light: A History of Photography, McGraw Hill, 2000

1998 Hicks, Robert. "Shunning Technology While Creating Modern Art". The Villager February 11, 1998, vol 25,          number 37
         Holg, Garrett, "Ruth Thorne-Thomsen @ Ehlers Caudill, Chicago", Artnews April 1998, page 186
         Peacock, Robert and Gorman, Roger. Sleep-Bedtime Reading, Universe Publishing
         Weinstein, Michael. "Ruth Thorne-Thomsen @ Ehlers Caudill, Chicago" New Art Examiner March 1998,             vol. 25, number 37

1997 Daniel, Jeff. "Haunting Visions of Myth and Subconscious". St. Louis Post Dispatch, Get Out Magazine,              June 12, 1997, page 21
         Lippard, Lucy, Lahs-Gonzales, Olivia, and Sandweiss, Martha A. Defining Eye: Women Photographers of          the 20th Century -- Selections from Helen Kornblum Collection, St. Louis Art Museum

1995 Davis, Keith F. An American Century of Photography: From Dry Plate to Digital -- The Hallmark                           Photographic Collection. Hallmark/Harry N. Abrams, 1995
          Fine Art Photography '95. Edited by B. Martin Pedersen, Graphis Publishing Co., Zurich.
          Photography in the 1990's; Fifty Portfolios, Kodak Portfolio CD-ROM. Produced by Digital Editions,                     Dayton, Ohio, 1995
          Renner, Eric. Pinhole Photography -- Rediscovering an Historic Technique. Focal Press, 1995

1994 Aukeman, Anastasia. "Ruth Thorne-Thomsen at the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego". Art in                America, March, 1994, page 107
         Blind Spot Photographic Magazine Issue 3, Blind Spot Photography, Inc., 1994
         Ewing, William A. The Body -- Photoworks of the Human Form, Thames and Hudson, 1994
         Rosenblum, Naomi. A History of Women Photographers. New York, Abbeville Press, 1994

1993 Foerstner, Abigail. "Three Decades of Thorne-Thomsen's Whimsical Illusions" Chicago Tribune Sec. 7,              Friday, April 2, 1993 

         "Ruth Thorne-Thomsen: Messengers and Other Photographs" The New York Times, Sunday, March 28,            1993