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Ruth Erb Hoffman

Ruth Erb Hoffman

(American, 1902-1968)

Ruth M. Erb-Hoffman (1902-1968) artist, painter, sculptor and educator known for figurative, floral still lifes, and still life paintings, sculptures, and busts. She was born in 1902 in Buffalo, NY, and received her B.A. from Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, 1922-circa 1926. She also studied at the Child-Walker School of Fine Arts and Crafts (graduate fellowship from Wellesley) in Boston, MA. In addition, she studied with the sculptor Arthur Lee (1881-1961), artist Agnes Anne Abbot (1897-1992), artist Edwin Walter Dickinson (1891-1978) and the famous Buffalo artist Charles Ephraim Burchfield (1893-1967). Hoffman was one of the original founders of the Patteran Society of artists in 1933, and had many successful solo and group exhibitions along with several awards at: The Art Institute of Chicago, the Albright Art Gallery (now the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, prizes 1939, 1940, and 1946), the American Federation of Arts (traveling exhibit), the Riverside Art Museum, the Carnegie Institute (prize. 1941), the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Butler Institute of American Art, and the Terry Institute (prize, 1952). Collections can be found in the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY, and in the Northwestern University Hall of Fame (busts), Evanston, IL. She was married to the orthodontist Dr. Burton A. Hoffman (1903-1967) who had his practice in Buffalo, NY, and also resided in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada.

Mark Strong, Ruth M. Erb-Hoffman, http://www.meibohmfinearts.com/artists.aspx?ID=63, (Accessed 12/30/2011)