Ruth Aizuss Migdal

Ruth Aizuss Migdal is a first-generation American. She was born in 1932 in a Jewish Immigrant neighborhood on Chicago’s Westside where education and culture were highly valued, taking great advantage of all the cultural opportunities available there. She was allowed free access to every opera, ballet and theatre performance at the opera house, from her junior year of high school through her education at the Art Institute of Chicago by volunteer work at the concession stands before the performances.

Her education includes a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from the University of Illinois in Champaign, both in Painting and Printmaking. Recently, Ruth received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University at Illinois Chicago. As she turned to sculpture, her classical education enabled her to master a variety of materials. Ruth’s paintings and wood sculptures were abstract until 1971 when she began exploring the female figure. Ruth now works in bronze and steel, creating large abstracted figurative sculptures.