Ruth Fine was born in Philadelphia and has been a friend of Brandywine Workshop and Archives since its founding. After 30 years in Washington as a curator at the National Gallery of Art (NGA), she returned to her home city in 2010. At the NGA she conceived and oversaw the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States distribution project. Also at the NGA and for several other institutions, she has organized dozens of exhibitions of 19th through 21st-century artists including Romare Bearden, Mel Bochner, Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Gilliam, Jasper Johns, Norman Lewis, Roy Lichtenstein, John Marin, Georgia O’Keeffe, Martin Puryear and, most recently, Frank Stewart for Harvard University.
She has was awarded the College Art Association Alfred H. Barr Award for Museum Scholarship in 2017, the same year she received Brandywine Workshop’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She chairs the board of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and serves as an Honorary Advisor of Aspen Institute’s Artists Endowed Foundation Initiative.