Ruth T. Summers
Grove Arcade Restoration, LLC, Asheville, NC September 2004-
Grove Arcade Public Market Foundation
Southern Highland Craft Guild, Inc., Asheville, NC
Executive Director June 1996-May 2004
Art Consultant/Dealer and Fine Arts Appraiser 1993-1996
Published Ruth T. Summers Glass Quarterly. Specialized in current and early pieces of contemporary studio glass. One of a small number of individuals who specialized in fine arts appraisals of contemporary glass. Clients included private individuals, corporations and museums.
Kurland/Summers Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Executive Director and President 1982-1993
Kurland/Summers Gallery was one of the premier showcases for contemporary glass and represented such well known international leaders as Dan Dailey, Richard Jolley, Harvey K. Littleton, Mark Peiser, Joel Philip Myers, Richard Marquis, Jane Bruce, Ann Wolff, Klaus Moje, Warren Langley, Colin Reid, Diana Hobson and Jiri Harcuba.
Curated over 100 major exhibitions.
Instrumental in introducing contemporary glass into the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and initiating collector donations to the museum in excess of $1m. Actively worked on behalf of museums to find donors and assisted The Corning Museum of Glass, Detroit Institute of Art, High Museum of Art, Toledo Museum of Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art (Melbourne, Australia), American Craft Museum, Racine Art Museum and the Craft and Folk Art Museum (Los Angeles) in acquisitions.
Greenwood Gallery, Washington, DC.
Assistant Director 1979-1980
Hand Workshop Art Center, Inc., Richmond, VA
Executive Director 1970-1979
Louisburg College, Louisburg, North Carolina.
Richmond Professional Institute, Richmond, Virginia
Governing Board, Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design, UNC-Asheville, 1998-2002.
Trustee, American Craft Council, New York, NY. 1996-2003. Vice-Chair 1997-1999.
Chair, Nominating Committee l999-2003.
Advisory Board, American Craft Council/Southeast Region, Tallahassee, FL, 1998-2007.
The Glass Art Society, Board of Directors, Seattle, Washington, 1994-2000. Chair of the Leadership Committee, 1994-1998.
Glass Studio Fundraising Advisory Committee, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, 1993-1995.
Board of Trustees, Creative Glass Center of America, Millville, NJ, 1990-1997; 2nd Vice-President, 1992-1995; President, 1996-1997.
Chairperson, Glassweekend ’95, sponsored by Creative Glass Center of America, Millville NJ; Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, Palm Beach, FL; and James Renwick Alliance, Washington, DC. Chairperson, Fellowship Selection Committee, Creative Glass Center of America, Millville, NJ, 1989-1993.