This is a momentous time for Kennesaw State University and the Atlanta community. With the opening of this exhibition, we collectively mark and celebrate the vision of an extraordinary artist and commemorate the love and support of her husband and family whose dream it was to create a museum. In 1999, Bernard A. Zuckerman donated nearly 125 sculptures, photographs, and paintings by his late wife, Ruth Zuckerman, with the intent to create a museum to honor her work and celebrate the creative spirit of the arts. The museum’s collection of Ruth’s work includes her archives and forty years of artistic efforts to reflect her diversity and passion. Her work is intensely humanistic, often drawing on themes of family, love, and protection, highlighting and memorializing what she found to be most important in life.
There are many individuals that have helped to craft this collection. First and foremost I would like to thank Bernard A. Zuckerman for his vision and support, along with Susan Siegel Zuckerman, Rowann Zuckerman Gilman, and Laurel Bellon. I would like to commend Kirstie Tepper, Associate Curator for the Zuckerman Museum of Art, for her curatorial vision and insight into Ruth’s work. Finally, I would like to recognize the dedicated staff of the Department of Museums, Archives, and Rare Books whose collective efforts have created an incredible window into the life and work of Ruth Zuckerman.
I invite you to explore the work, vision, and life of Ruth Zuckerman and to discover the creative drive of this remarkable artist.