Who's Behind The Other Art Talk . . .

Ruth CourtlandRUTH COURTLAND, co-host of The Other Art talk, was born in Nogales, Arizona, a Mexican/American border town.

Her uncle was an artist and her brother-in-law and sister are artists.  As such, art appreciation was an integral part of her upbringing. She spent many summers  in New York City where popping into the Metropolitan Museum, Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim and various art galleries were part of her everyday experience.

In 1964-1965, Ruth spent a year at the Villa Mercede in Florence, Italy studying history of Renaissance Art and with the school traveled throughout Italy studying the art and architecture of the 14th and 15th Centuries first hand. After earning her degree from the University of Arizona, Ruth moved to San Francisco and went to work for a graphic designer – further exposing herself to another aspect of the arts at a very exciting time and place for art directors and artists – the ‘60’s.

She’s traveled extensively throughout Mexico and lived in Mexico City and Cuernavaca for several summers. There she developed an affinity (a passion) for the art and artisans of Mexico. Her love of Mexican ceramics and a relationship with a successful tile manufacturer/ceramicist led to the founding of her company, Ceramica Sur, which imported ceramics from Central Mexico.

Ruth and Wendy met while working together. They’re both interested and appreciate art and thought it would be fun to “explore the creative melting pot” that is Los Angeles. And it has been . . . a great adventure.

Ruth CourtlandWENDY L.WALLACE, a California native, is an enthusiastic art watcher and occasional art maker. She has been lucky to have lived abroad and traveled widely (Europe, Russia, Central Asia, Asia and Latin America) and to have been exposed to a multitude of people and art traditions. She has loved art from a very early age but never did much about it until she met her best friend and collaborator Ruthie Courtland! Their radio show concept was dreamed up at a yoga class and over glasses of house red at El Conquistador, a favorite local hang-out. They both saw internet radio/podcasts as a great way to publicize and document really fascinating and possibly over-looked artists and art developments in the Los Angeles-area for the community. On a more selfish note, they just love doing it because it gives them an excuse to meet wonderful LA artists and members of the art community!

Wendy is currently working as an attorney in Los Angeles. Prior incarnations include working for U.S. Agency for International Development/Johns Hopkins School of Public Health overseeing health care programs in Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia and Eastern Europe and for the Long Beach AIDS Network. She has a bachelor's of arts in Slavic Languages and Literature, a double Masters of Art in Policy Studies and Russian and a law degree from Case Western Reserve School of Law.

Ruthie and Wendy dream of "winning the big one", taking their show to TV and consuming of art tourism on a regular basis!

Ruth CourtlandANNIE DENG was born in Beijing, China, and spent her formative years moving back and forth between Beijing, Hong Kong, and different cities in Canada. A wanderer at heart, Annie has also drifted through Europe, Asia, and Central America, consuming vast and varied quantities of food and art along the way.

Annie’s parents instilled in her a great appreciation for art and art history.  Through her mother’s work as the producer of a television show about Chinese artifacts, Annie spent summers with her family in China perusing museums and galleries, learning about and occasionally attempting to collect such things. She recently took a night class at UCLA Extension to help her learn more about contemporary art, to try and “get with the times.”
After getting to know Ruth while working together, Annie discovered The Other Art Talk, fell in love with the concept, and pretty much begged to join the team.  She is having an excessive amount of fun exploring the contemporary art scene in Los Angeles (and beyond) through her involvement with The Other Art Talk, and hopes to continue doing so for…forever?!

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