Opener 34: Ruby Sky Stiler—New Patterns

A solo exhibition by Ruby Sky Stiler will feature new relief paintings, site-specific line sculptures, furniture-sculpture, and more. Drawing from the techniques and language of classical antiquity, Art Deco illustrations, and twentieth-century abstraction, Stiler’s sculpture and wall-based works often take shape as archaeological reconstructions; man, woman, and child figures, amphorae, and mosaic patterning are all repeating motifs. While much of the artist’s visual language is rooted in the ancient past, the materials she uses are distinctly contemporary. These include resin, plaster, hot glue, stained wood, and air brush. With this play of authenticity and materials, Stiler constructs a historical narrative of her own that interweaves high and low, past and present, the authentic and the reproduced.

The project is a collaboration with Fairfield University Art Museum where a version of the exhibition, Ruby Sky Stiler: Group Relief, was on view from September 11 through December 19, 2020. At Fairfield, functional sculptures that assumed the role of a museum “viewing bench” were positioned around the gallery. These colorful benches are comprised of gestural lines that resemble human figures cut from wood. Straddling the space between utilitarian form and sculptural object, the benches invite visitors to sit and consider their own bodies in relation to the gallery and artworks surrounding them. For the Tang’s presentation, Stiler will create a site-specific intervention in the Museum’s Wachenheim Gallery.

Ruby Sky Stiler was born in Portland, Maine, in 1979. She earned a BFA in printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in sculpture from the Yale School of Art. Stiler has been featured in solo exhibitions at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Locust Projects, Miami; The Suburban, Oak Park, IL; and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR. She has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY; The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA; the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY; and Perrotin, Seoul, South Korea, among others. Stiler lives and works in Brooklyn.
Exhibition Name
Opener 34: Ruby Sky Stiler—New Patterns
Exhibition Type
Opener Series
Solo Exhibitions
Wachenheim Gallery
Jan 29, - May 15, 2022
Opener 34: Ruby Sky Stiler—New Patterns is curated by Dayton Director Ian Berry in collaboration with the artist.
Ruby Sky Stiler
Student Staff
Scarlett Han
Student Advisory Council, past: Exhibitions Assistant, Tang Guide, Summer Volunteer
Caroline Coxe stands in front of a metal stairway looking at the camera
Caroline Coxe
2019-20 Eleanor Linder Winter Endowed Intern, Student Advisory Council, past: Education Assistant for College and Public Programs, Gallery Monitor Associate
Pattern by Atlan Arceo-Witzl ’18
Inspired by the exhibition Other Side: Art, Object, Self
The Tang Pattern Project celebrates the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger, past and current Tang Design Interns created patterns inspired by the Museum’s exhibition and event history.