Ruth Miller (artist)

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Ruth Miller
Ruth Blanchard Miller

(1904-01-17)January 17, 1904
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedMay 21, 1978(1978-05-21) (aged 74)
Santa Barbara, California U.S.
Other namesRuth Miller Kempster,
Ruth Blanchard Miller Kempster
EducationKansas City Art Institute, Stickney Memorial Art School, Otis Art Institute, Art Students League of New York
Known forPainting
Medal record
Art competitions
Representing  United States
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1932 Los Angeles Paintings

Ruth Blanchard Miller, also known as Ruth Miller Kempster, Ruth Blanchard Miller Kempster (January 17, 1904 – May 21, 1978) was an American artist.[1]


Miller was born to Kempster Blanchard Miller and Antha (Knowlton) Miller[2] in Chicago, Illinois. Her uncle was Azariel Blanchard Miller, founder of the city of Fontana, California.

Miller began her studies with a correspondence course from the Kansas City Art Institute. She continued her studies at the Stickney Memorial Art School in Pasadena, California, with more classes at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles.[3] Miller studied sculpture, painting, and lithography at the Art Students League of New York.[3]

In the 1930s Miller taught art in Pasadena at the School of Fine Arts.[3]

In 1932 she won a silver medal in the art competitions of the Olympic Games for her painting "Struggle".[4][5]

Miller died on May 21, 1978 in Santa Barbara, California, at the age of 74.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Ruth Blanchard Miller Kempster (1904 - 1978)". askART. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  2. ^ The book of Chicagoans: a … - Google Books. 2004-02-23. Retrieved 2010-12-22.
  3. ^ a b c "Ruth Kempster". CalART. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  4. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Ruth Miller". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2020-04-17. Retrieved 2016-05-29.
  5. ^ "Ruth Miller". Olympedia. Retrieved 2 August 2020.

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