Ruth G Mould

Ruth Mould by residence in Morrisville, Vermont
Ruth Mould by residence in Morrisville, Vermont

Time Period

1940 to Today

Subject Categories

Arts, Education

Notable Facts

Best known as a portrait painter. One of two artists to represent the State of Vermont at the 1939 New York Worlds Fair. Painted portraits of Vermont Supreme Court Justices Percy Shangraw, Benjamin Hurlburd, and Walter Cleary which hang in the Vermont Supreme Court building. Painted a portrait of the first woman to be a member of both the Vermont House of Representatives and the Vermont Senate, Edna Beard.

Personal Information

Date of Birth

05/22/1894

Date of Death

02/13/1979

Primary Residence

Morrisville

Ethnicity

Caucasian

Historical Significance

Vermont portrait artist Ruth G. Mould was born in Morrisville, Vermont on May 22, 1894. She was a graduate of local schools, Peoples Academy and Johnson Normal School, which prepared her for an early career as a teacher in the Cadys Falls district school house, teaching Grades 1 - 8. The visual arts, however, commanded her interest as a young woman, and an uncle sponsored her further studies at the Institute of Art in St. Paul, Minnesota, from which she graduated with honors. From there, she went on to study at the Art Students League in New York City, before she married Willis Mould in 1919, and returned to Vermont.

Throughout her married life and beyond, whether she was teaching art students at Johnson Normal School, tutoring private art students, and while she was raising her son, Channing, Ruth Mould's husband made sure she had her own private art studio wherever his work as a mining engineer took his family. They lived in Vermont in Morristown, Monkton, Johnson, Williamstown and Barre, and in New York State in Keysville.

Mould was one of two artists whose work represented the State of Vermont at the 1939 World's Fair in New York. However, she was best known for her portraits, including a posthumous portrait of Edna Beard, first female member of both the Vermont House and Senate, which hangs in the State House, and portraits of three Vermont Chief Justices in the Vermont Supreme Court Building.

A selection of Mould's work is permanently installed in the lobby at the Dibden Center for the Arts at Johnson State College, and other works are represented in the permanent collections of the Fleming Museum, The Vermont Historical Society, and the Bennington Museum. The Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville represents Mould's estate with works for sale.

In addition to some book illustration, Mould also wrote a book on Refinishing and Decorating Furniture (1953.) She was a member of the Northern Vermont Artist Association and an honorary lifetime member of the Art Students League in New York.

Ruth Mould died on February 13, 1979.

Organizations or Movements

  • Art Students League, NYC, Lifetime Honorary Member
  • Northern Vermont Artist Association (NVAA)

Occupations

  • Artist, best known for her commissioned portraits in oil.
  • Mould taught in a district school house at Cadys Falls, VT
  • tutored art students privately throughout her career.

Education

  • People's Academy, Morristown
  • Johnson Normal School, "Normal Art Course" at the Art Institute of St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Advanced Studies at the Art Students League, NYC

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • Lighthall, Mary G. "Ruth Greene Mould." In The Vermont Encyclopedia. Edited by John Duffy. University Press of New England, 2003.

  • Brief Biography Link

  • Michon, Heather K. A Beautiful Legacy of Art by Our Vermont Masters. Vermont Women Magazine. May 2007.

Additional Images

Woman at Easel
Woman at Easel