Joan Ruth Truckenbrod

Title: Artist, Professor Emeritus
Company: The School of the Art Institute
Location: Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Joan Ruth Truckenbrod, Artist, Professor Emeritus at The School of the Art Institute, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in art.

Ms. Truckenbrod became interested in the art profession after visiting the Art Institute. She frequently went down there as a child to stand in front of the wall paintings. She earned a degree in sociology, went to work for a year in mental health, and then discovered it was not for her. She would then work at an office across from the art institute and she would go to the institute, pick a gallery, and go through it. She knew that it was her goal to be an artist, so she went back to school for design. Being at a university turned out to be valuable because she would create many drawings and layered drawings to show motion through a series. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Beloit College in 1967. She then received a Master of Arts from Northern Illinois University in 1973. From there, she went back to school and received a Master of Fine Arts from the School Art Institute in 1979.

Ms. Truckenbrod’s career highlight is her work in the Whitney Show and the purchase of the loom. Purchasing the loom has provided her different ways of thinking and opportunity as she also continues to evolve. She was also proud when she was invited to Montreal for the city of the future and did an active installation early in her career. Ms. Truckenbrod began working as an assistant professor at Northern Illinois University in 1973 and remained in that position until 1981. She then became joined the School of the Art Institute in 1981 as a professor in the Department of Art and Technology, she remained in that position until 2008 when she became a professor emeritus, a position she remains with to this day. While being a professor, she continued to be an artist exhibiting in numerous exhibitions throughout her career.

Ms. Truckenbrod has had her artwork acquired for the Digital Art Collection at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Art Institute of Chicago for their Textile Collection, by the Illinois State Museum, and the Block Museum of Art. She has also had her art collections on display for private people and other museums. As a testament to her success, Ms. Truckenbrod received a Research Scholar award in 1998, a project grant from the Illinois Arts Council in 1994 and was made a fellow of the American Scandinavian Foundation in 1994. She is also listed in the 19th edition of Who’s Who of American Women.

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