Ruth Leaf (1923 - 2015)

Ruth Leaf was an American artist and a pioneer in the discipline of printmaking. While also fluent in the methods of linoleum, monotype, collagraph and collage, she is most known for her viscosity etchings and woodcuts. She authored the book, “Etching, Engraving and Other Intaglio Printmaking Techniques” (Watson-Guptil Publications) in 1976 while teaching at her namesake studio in Long Island and it remains the textbook used today in many schools.

Born in New York City, she studied at the New School for Social Research, Art Students League and Brooklyn College, and at Atelier 17 with the groundbreaking printmaker Stanley William Hayter.  She exhibited her work throughout the United States and abroad, and has work in many collections, including the Library of Congress, the U.S. Information Agency, the Butler Institute of American Art, and numerous university museums.  Leaf has been a member of the Society of American Graphic Artists, the American Color Print Society and regional printmaking groups.


  • Brooklyn College
  • Art Students League
  • Atelier 17 (Stanley William Hayter)
  • American Artists School
  • New School for Social Research


  • Ruth Leaf Studio - Director/Instructor
  • Monoprint Demonstrations - CA, WA, PA, NY, MD
  • North Shore Community Art Center - Instructor
  • Colby College - Consultant


  • National Society of Literature and The Arts
  • Boston Printmakers
  • American Color Print Society
  • Artists Equity
  • National Association of Women Artists
  • Los Angeles Printmaking Society
  • Society of American Graphics Artists
  • Philadelphia Print Club


  • Library of Congress
  • Carnegie Institute
  • Brooklyn Museum
  • Bosom Museum
  • Hofstra University
  • Olivet College
  • Roko Gallery, NYC
  • FAR Gallery, NYC
  • La Salle College
  • Viridian Gallery, NYC
  • Philadelphia Print Club
  • FAMLI Museum, NYC
  • Seattle Art Museum
  • Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
  • United States Information Agency
  • University of Pittsburg
  • Associated American Artists, NYC
  • Art in Embassies Program
  • Society of American Graphic Artists
  • Chiba Shimin Gallery, Japan and China
  • DeCordova Museum
  • Ruth Leaf Studio Retrospective, NY
  • Midge Karr Art Center, NY
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Solo Shows

  • New York State University
  • Ashville Art Museum, NC
  • The Graphic Eye, NY
  • Steinhardt Gallery, NY
  • Wisconsin Union
  • Burnside Gallery, NY
  • Clark College, IA
  • Firehouse Gallery, NY
  • West Room Gallery, NY
  • Cosmos Club, DC
  • Great Neck Library, NY (Monoprint Show, Curator/Exhibitor)
  • Western Illinois University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Galerie Art & Gravure, Paris, France
  • West Library State College, VA
  • Jacqueline Anhalt Gallery, CA
  • Escuala National, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Brandeis University Gallery, MA
  • Port Washington Library, NY
  • Northeastern University, MA
  • Queensborough College Gallery, NY (Invitational for Five Printmakers)


  • Library of Congress
  • Queens College, NY
  • Art in Embassies Program
  • Butler Museum, NY
  • Portland Museum, OR
  • Olivet College, MI
  • Northeastern University, MA
  • Hofstra University, NY
  • New York University
  • Adelphi College, NY
  • Colgate University, NY
  • Bowdoin College Museum of Art, ME
  • Teachers College, Columbia University, OH
  • Xerox Corporation, Statler Museum, CT
  • United States Information Agency
  • Emily Lowe Gallery at University of Miami
  • Nassau Community College, NY
  • Hunterdon County Art Center


  • Library of Congress -Purchase Award
  • Hofstra University -Purchase Award
  • Olivet College -Purchase Award
  • Nassau Community College -Purchase Award
  • North Shore Community Art Center -1stPrize in Graphics
  • Audubon Artists -Honorable Mention
  • The Rene Rosner Memorial Award, Courtesy of Long Island Printmakers Society
  • Springfield College, Honorable Mention
  • National Association of Women Artists -Edna Stauffer Award
  • Jeffery Childs Willis Memorial Award
  • Donna Miller Memorial Award
  • Silver Medal for Creative Graphics
  • American Society of Color Prints -Tonner Award


  • American Prize Prints of the 20th Century, Albert Reese
  • Artists at Work, Ron Perkins
  • Intaglio Printmaking Techniques, Ruth Leaf
  • Dictionary of International Biography, Cambridge, England
  • Who's Who in American Art
  • Who's Who in American Women
  • Who's Who in the East
  • Video Film Interview, Port Washington Library
  • Radio Interview, Nassau Community College
  • Television Interview, Great Neck TV Station


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