Ruth (Ewart) Muehlmeier in 1950's in her studio
Childhood: Born in Milwaukee in 1925 to a Minnesota Swedish Mother and a Scotsman from Glasgow, Ruth Emily Ewart was the third and youngest child of Mabel and William Gladstone Ewart. Her artistic talent in drawing and design was recognized early on as her father, who worked for Falk Corporation, would bring young Ruth to visit the draftsmen and designers. Ruth states,” When I first saw colors, I knew I was going to be an artist.” Her grade school teachers who, “taught me to look at birds and flowers and always inspired me to draw” inspired Ruth.
Education: When very young, Ruth was fortunate to attend The Layton Art Gallery School on Jefferson and Mason in downtown Milwaukee. For several years she rode the streetcar down Wells every Saturday morning, where her friends there were known as her “Saturday Smiles”. The teachers were great, and her talents were nurtured.
After graduating from Wauwatosa High School in 1943, Ruth attended the Wisconsin State Teachers College in Milwaukee for two years and then transferred to the Art Institute of Chicago under a scholarship.. She studied fine art with Robert Von Neauman, Elsa Ulbricht, Winifred Phillips, and worked along side fellow students Ellen Lanyon, Nancy Spero, and Jack Davis. Ruth traveled in 1946 to Campeche, Yucatan where she created many works. Here she became very ill with malaria and yellow jaundice which prevented her from traveling home for many months. During her extended time in Yucatan, she furthered her interest in the Mayan culture and history. Upon her return to the states she finished her degree with the Chicago Art Institute through credits at Wisconsin State Teachers College (now UW-Milwaukee). She also traveled as part of her education, through Layton Travel grants, including China, the Greek Isles, Italy, France, Spain, the Netherlands, and British Isles. Mexico was always regularly revisited.
Exhibits: Ruth’s work are included in the permanent collections of the Chicago Art Institute and the Milwaukee Art Museum. She has had solo exhibits at Cardinal Stritch College, Layton School of Art (now MIAD), the J. Seligman Gallery in New York, and Ganaway Forecast Galleries in Tequesta, Florida. Her work “Hot Pepper” was chosen to be included in a Walker Art Center in Minneapolis exhibit entitled, “Painters from the Upper Midwest” which later traveled to the MIT, San Francisco, London, and then to South America. Ruth was included in a show entitled “25 and Under”, at the Seligman Gallery.
Quote from Angela Frater:
“For Ruth Ewart Muehlmeier art extends beyond the classroom and the canvas: it embraces life. It’s a medium that has enriched her personally and professionally. From her childhood conviction to become an artist to her successful career, she has reached out and developed a style that makes a lasting artistic statement.”
Brookfield, WI
WVA membership status:
acrylic on paper & canvas / watercolor / collage

Paul's Dream Window - Tequesta

'Potted Still Life' acrylic on canvas

'White Orchids' acrylic on paper

Ruth (Ewart) Muehlmeier in 1950's in her studio (left) and in 2010 (right)


Ruth Muehlmeier
A longstanding WVA member