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We are proud to announce that the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento has recently acquired Working Stiff (c.1934) by Ruth Miller Kempster (1905-1978).

This is the first work by the artist to enter the Museum’s collection and is a testament to the Crocker’s continued recognition of women artists. Ruth Miller Kempster was rediscovered by Maurine St. Gaudens and Joseph Morsman and featured in Emerging from the Shadows, and now after many years of obscurity, she is being recognized and afforded a new appreciation in the art world.

The Crocker Art Museum is a strong supporter of women artists and according to the Museum Chief Curator Scott A. Shields they are committed to increasing the number of women artists represented in the Museum’s permanent collection from dozens to thousands. Shields estimates that women artists now represent roughly 25 percent of the collection–a stark contrast to other major museums, where the numbers average less than five percent.

Working Stiff is currently on view at the Crocker as part of the Museum’s exhibition 7 Works by 7 Women.

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