Joanne Ruth Nuss

Title: Artist
Company: Helen Wurlitzer Foundation
Location: Great Bend, Kansas, United States

Joanne Ruth Nuss, Artist at Helen Wurlitzer Foundation, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in art.

An artist-in-residence at the Helen Wurlitzer Foundation and a lecturer and instructor at such locations as the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Barton County Community College, Brookridge Elementary School and the Menoriah Hospital, Ms. Nuss has remained dedicated throughout her career to challenging herself in her area of the arts and bronze casting. Among her more recent works are a bronze sculpture for the Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel at Bethany College in 2014 and a second bronze sculpture in a prayer garden on the same college’s campus in 2021.

Ms. Nuss has hosted numerous one-woman shows in prestigious galleries across the United States and has held exhibitions in the Agora Gallery in New York City and in such international locations as the Lawrence-Arnott Art Gallery in Tangier, Morocco, and the Inma Gallery in Saudi Arabia. She notably was the first female foreign artist commissioned for an architectural major project in Tangier. Moreover, her works have been held in the private collections of King Hassan II of Morocco; Prince Mohammed Bolkiah of Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei; and American Legation Museum in Tangier.

Ms. Nuss earned a bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University in 1975 and was accepted into the master’s program at the Santa Fe Art Institute, where she studied under internationally known artist Beverly Pepper. She previously studied at Valparaiso University, the University of Kansas and the University of Copenhagen. Honored many times for her work, Ms. Nuss received an Award of Excellence at the All Media International Juried Online Exhibition at the Upstream People Gallery in 2005 and a First Place Award at a National Exhibition at the University of Northern Iowa in 2001. Notably, Ms. Nuss is a past recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been included in multiple editions of “Who’s Who in the World,” “Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who of American Women.”

Dedicated to her field, Ms. Nuss has held memberships in such artist groups as the Kansas Sculptors Association, the International Sculpture Center and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. In the future, she looks forward to enjoying good health and having the opportunity to work full-time in the art studio.

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