Barnaby Ruhe received his doctorate in shamanism and art practice, an interdisciplinary effort combining psychology, anthropology, art history, phenomenology and art studio action. He was senior editor of Art/World newspaper in the 1980s and '90s and wrote the first New York City reviews of work by Francesco Clemente and the Starn Twins, as well as essays on Francisco de Goya, Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol and Joseph Beuys. Ruhe currently serves on the board of Artists Talk on Art. A romantic artist, he incorporates sentiment, gesture and psychic journeying into his paintings, and he runs shaman healing workshops at Shamandome Camp at the Burning Man festival each summer. He is also a six-time world boomerang champion.
Teaching and Research Interests
visual art; art criticism; art history; art and anthropology; art and psychology; shamanism; history of warfare and revolution
B.S., U.S. Naval Academy, 1968 M.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art, 1975 Ph.D., New York University, 1989
In 2015, Professor Barnaby Ruhe returned to Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, as a visting mural artist where he painted a re-creation of Thomas Eakins’ 1875 painting “Portrait of Dr. Samuel D. Gross (The Gross Clinic)” entire Gross Clinic. More than 30 Ursinus College students, faculty, and staff are depicted in the painting
Barnaby Ruhe was awarded the Visual Arts Award during the 2014 Annual Arts Ovation Award luncheon, held May 8, 2014, in Allentown, Pennsylvania.