Ruth Augur (1886-1967) was born in Austin, Texas and raised in Denver, Colorado. In 1905 she won a scholarship to the New York School of Art, where she studied under Robert Henri and William Merritt Chase. She never intended to stay in New York, returning to the West to paint landscapes, portraits, horses and cowboys.
Augur's greatest career achievement came in 1937, when she completed six murals covering 1136 square feet at a courthouse in Enid, Oklahoma. Five years before her death, she took a position as the head of the Oklahoma Art Center, and later worked as a staff artist for Harlow Publishing Company.
Augur appears in "An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West" by Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick, and "Texas Painters, Sculptors & Graphic Artists" by John and Deborah Powers.
See a painting by Augur in our collection.