RUTH SACKHEIM: Contemporary Art

Paintings, pastels, prints, and drawings

Biography of Ruth Sackheim

Ruth Sackheim is a painter and printmaker who uses a combination of traditional media and computer technology. Her work has been exhibited in shows such as Art and New Technology, the Illinois Printmaker's Show, and Chicago's Cows on Parade. She received grants from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs for her images of Alta Vista Terrace, Chicago's first landmark district, which is located near Wrigley Field. Her print The El Tracks at Clark Street, won The Site of Big Shoulders' Art + Poetry Chicago contest and was selected to accompany the poem "Winter Landscape" by Tim Hunt in RHINO magazine. 

Sackheim has worked in a variety of art and art-related capacities. She served as "See Chicago!" feature reporter, covering Chicago art and history for Chicago: Its Untold Stories, a morning talk show on WJJG AM radio. She planned an art event benefiting the American Parkinson Disease Association and persuaded artist Ed Paschke to speak at the event. She coordinated benefit receptions for the Chicago Art Open, produced by the Chicago Artists' Coalition, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and the School of the Art Institute. In addition, she acted as art consultant at Edgebrook Elementary School, published fine-art prints and greeting cards, created hand-painted clothing, and designed T-shirts.

Sackheim has written language arts textbooks for Laidlaw Brothers, taught English grammar and composition at Otis P. Graves Junior High School, worked as a publicist at WLS-TV, and done research for Paul Harvey’s long-running feature, The Rest of the Story. Currently, she is a writer and editor at Sackheim Group, where she edits books and creates press releases, marketing copy, sales literature, and fundraising pieces.

Sackheim holds an M.A. in English and a B.A in English education with a minor in creative writing from the University of Illinois. She studied advertising, marketing communications, and feature writing at Northwestern University and at Roosevelt University. Her art education includes courses in art fundamentals and figure drawing at the American Academy of Art, acrylic painting at the Old Town Triangle Art Center, and printmaking at the Evanston Art Center and Harold Washington College.

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