Ruth Kolker, painter and printmaker received her BFA from Webster University. She has received recognition in regional, national, and international shows through an extensive exhibition record. Her work is in many public and private collections including Margaret Harwell Art Museum, Kaskaskia College, and A.G. Edwards. For the last 26 years she has been a part-time drawing instructor for the St Louis Community College, Continuing Education. Found objects play a roll in her paintings and monotypes. Her abstract paintings and monotypes have a strong visual texture and are often inspired by landscape and natural forms.