Ruth Beer

Ruth Beer is a Vancouver-based artist and academic whose practice includes sculpture, video, and interactive media, and whose recent work investigates the contested geographies and materialities of resource extraction, particularly in the context of rural and remote communities of the Pacific Northwest.

Ruth has previously served as PI on other SSHRC-funded research and creation projects such as Catch and Release: Mapping Cultural and Geographic Transitions, which centred upon the demise of the Pacific salmon canning industry, and Trading Routes: Grease Trails, Oil Futures, which addressed the overlapping terrains of historic oolichan oil trade routes and modern petrochemical pipelines.

A member of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts, Ruth’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions worldwide, including those at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Raglan Street Gallery (Melbourne), Bellevue Museum (Washington), and Nordic House (Iceland). Ruth is Professor of Visual Art at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.