Life of Sculptress Ruth Asawa Highlighted in First Friday Forum

(Courtesy of Marilyn Chase)
Book author Marilyn Chase, a UC Berkeley lecturer, presents the inspiring story of Ruth Asawa Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. at the First Friday Forum.

    Fountains and hanging wire sculptures define the work of San Francisco artist Ruth Asawa. Marilyn Chase, UC Berkeley lecturer, presents the inspiring story of Asawa and her rise to fame from a farmer’s daughter to a celebrated sculptress for the First Friday Forum webinar presentation Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. Registration is required.
    Born in 1926, Asawa, with her family, spent time during World War II in an internment camp in Arkansas where she learned to draw. She attended the groundbreaking art school at Black Mountain College and went on to create her iconic urban installations.
    In a richly visual volume, with over 60 reproductions of Asawa’s art and archival photos of her life, Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa, Chase documented the artist’s transformative touch, most notably in turning wire, the material of the internment camp fences, into sculptures. 
    The author mined Asawa’s letters, diaries, sketches and photos as well as conducting interviews with those who knew her to tell this amazing story.
    Chase is a graduate of Stanford University, with honors in English, and UC Berkeley with a master’s degree in journalism. As a reporter, columnist and senior special writer at The Wall Street Journal, Chase covered tech and medical science for 30 years. This is her second book.
    Asawa was a mother of six in her 59-year marriage to architect Albert Lanier. She died in 2013. Her works grace the deYoung, Getty, Whitney, MOMA and many more museums and galleries across America. 
    Her remarkable life story offers inspiration to artists, art lovers, feminists, mothers, teachers, Asian Americans, history buffs and anyone who likes a good underdog story. Also, the book will be useful to those interested in Asian American culture and history.
    To register for this webinar event, Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa, visit

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