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Ruth Van Sickle Ford papers, circa 1920-1986

Biographical Note

Ruth Van Sickle Ford (1897-1986) was a painter and educator active in Chicago, Illinois. She was president and owner of the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts from 1936 to 1960.
Ford was born in Aurora, Illinois. She enrolled at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, where she studied under Carl Newland Werntz, and graduated in 1918. Over the course of her career her works were exhibited throughout the United States. In addition to her painting, Ford returned to the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts to teach watercolor and oil painting, and ultimately purchased the school and served as both president and director.
In 1918, Ruth married Arthur Ford and together they had a daughter, Barbara. Ruth Van Sickle Ford died in 1989 in Aurora, Illinois.