Ron Short | Fine Art, Illustration & Book Design

About the Artist

Born in Santa Monica, Ronald Allen Short studied fine art and art history at California State University, Sacramento and L'Accademia delle Belle Arti. He continued his studies in art-therapy in northern California where he applied art diagnostically and therapeutically in psychiatric and correctional facilities. During his studies, he was convinced of the historical and symbolic import of art and the deep non-verbal communication it can provide. Often uncannily familiar and at other times unsettlingly humorous, Ron's work integrates Western classical references and Eastern symbolism with modern subject matter to explore and integrate traditions and stir those fundamental chords that we all share.

"Whatever your viewpoint - art affords us a non-verbal, symbolic means to explore being. Sometimes, when the resonance is just right, a mirror-like wisdom presents itself, the transpersonal takes root, and the art becomes alive."

Ron's work has been exhibited throughout the western United States, Russia (Images: 1, 2, 3 ) and Italy. He currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Translation follows as:

Kalininskaya Pravda, 3 October 1989

The first to come is an artist

Within the lines of exchange between our regional center (Tver/Kalinin) and Eastern Washington, USA, Mr. Ronald Short is visiting. Mr. Short has brought 13 works of art to Kalinin. People involved in art are called upon to help strengthen relations between peoples and brighten their lives with spiritual values. That is why we think the first to come was a painter. This has special meaning.

"The first four days in Kalinin, meeting with the Soviet people and artists, has been so wonderful that words I lack to in order to express my excitement and impressions. I want to spend this month in Kalinin not simply as a guest but to further our humanity and understanding, and better understand Soviet art and society," stated Short.

A more detailed interview with Mr. Short will be published in one of our future issues. But right now, we invite all those who appreciate true expression in art to visit the exhibition of the American guest. Official opening at 12:00 in the Exhibition Hall, Sovietska Street 54.

*A. Komerova: "The first to come is an artist" Kalininskaya Pravda - October 3, 1989 (translation incomplete)


Solo Exhibitions

June - July 2011: Santa Fe Baking Company and Cafe, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Nov. - Dec. 2007: Tanglewood Gallery, Flagstaff, Arizona
Oct. - Nov. 2003: Arts Prescott Gallery, Prescott, Arizona
Sept. 2003: Flagstaff Open Studios, Flagstaff, Arizona
Jan. - Feb. 1997: Oasis/Golden Braid, Salt Lake City, Utah
Nov. 96 - Jan. 1997: Day Riverside Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
Mar. 1992: Recent Paintings, Barros & Barros, Spokane, Washington
Mar. - Apr. 1990: Works from the Soviet Union, LA Nicola, Los Angeles, California
Sept. - Oct. 1989: Allegories, Tver State Museum, Tver, Russia
Feb. - Mar. 1988: Allegories, Eastern Washington University - Spokane Center, Spokane, Washington

Selected Exhibitions

Aug. - Sept. 2003: Apetizers for the Visual Feast, Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, Arizona
Dec. 1991: Prazdnik: Baroque Ball, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California
Feb. - Apr. 1991: Addy Gallery, Tahoe City, California
Mar. - Apr. 1991: B Street Gallery, San Diego, California
May 1979: California State University, Sacramento
Nov. 1976: L'Accademia delle Belle Arti, Florence, Italy
Mar. 1973: American River College, Sacramento, California

Publishing / Marketing Experience

Marketing Consultant / Editor / Graphic Designer / Illustrator / Photographer
2010 - Present: Ron Short Studios, 2100 Calle de la Vuelta, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Art Director / Production Manager
2000 - 2010: Grand Canyon Association, 4 Tonto Street, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023
Creative Director / Communications Manager
1992 - 1997: Columbia HCA - Utah Division, 420 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Director of Publications / Chair University Press
1983 - 1990: Eastern Washington University, Showalter Hall, MS-123, Cheney, WA 99004

Education and Scholastic Achievements

Master of Arts degree-Art Therapy: California State University, Sacramento
Bachelor of Arts degree-Fine Art: California State University, Sacramento
L'Accademia delle Belle Arti, Florence, Italy
Associate of Arts degree-Art: American River College, Sacramento

Bibliography (*Reviews)

*Jacques Laliberte: Don't Miss This, Zene Magazine, October 2003
Greta Boulanger de Jong: L'Anima Eterna, Catalyst Magazine, February 1997
Gloria Glyer: The Crocker Celebrates for a Month, Sacramento Union, December 1, 1991
*Michael Ackley: Critics Long on Praise for Artist Ronald Short, Sacramento Union, February 27, 1990
* Jean Kavanagh: The Spokane Man, Spokane Woman Magazine, May 1990
*L. Polshikova: Allegories' Ronald Short, Kilininskaya Pravda, October 20, 1989
*V. Andrienoff: Reopening America, For Communism, October 15, 1989
*A. Komerova: The First to Come Is an Artist, Kalininskaya Pravda, October 3, 1989
*G. Asina: Allegories-Ron Short, Smerna (Changes) - October 2, 1989
*John Sonnechsen: Soviet Art Exchanges Going Well, Eastern Weekly, September 25, 1989
*Paul Turner: Spokane Artist Ron Short Has Exhibit at the USSR's Kalinin State Museum, Spokesman Review, August 27, 1989

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