Christopher Ruane is a composite artist and photographer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who specializes in massive digital photomontages.  Sometimes with thousands of individual layers, each photographed and created separately, his work often focuses on the spiritual and contrasting human condition. Influences for his images come from nature, personal experiences, art history, and current events. The complexities of each piece are made to be studied to reveal an inner meaning and viewpoint about our culture, the current climate of the world and what we believe to be the truth of our origins.

His work has been shown in museums locally and galleries across the United States. In 2012, his image, The Good Samaritan, was the winner of The National Catholic Arts Exhibition at St Vincent College and since has earned an honorable mention and peoples choice award in the Biannual Exhibition .  His work has been chosen for exhibitions by notable jurors from MOCA Cleveland, Andy Warhol Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and Carnegie Museum of Art. Christopher has also received awards from notable Curators such as Linda Benadict Jones and Art Historian John T. Spike, past Director of the Florence Biennale. In the last few years, Christopher and his work were featured in Camera Obscura Journal, Whirl Magazine, The Catholic Accent, The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, The National Catholic News Service, Religion News Service, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post. In 2016 he was awarded The Charles Dodgson Black & White Award at The Berlin Photo Bienniale and also received awards in PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris and The International Photography Awards.
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Education
2004-  Edinboro University of Pennsylvania       Bachelor of Fine Arts, Applied Media Arts   

Selected Awards, Honors, Publications and Exhibitions

2016-  Lucie International Photography Awards 2016, - Honorable Mention in Moving Images Category
2016-  Lucie International Photography Awards 2016, - Honorable Mention in Special Digitally Enhanced Category
2016-  Prix de la Photographie, Paris- 2nd Place People's Choice Award
2016-  Sixth Nationwide Catholic Arts Exhibition, St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA
2016-  Berlin Foto Biennale & European Month Of Photography, Berlin, Germany
2016-  From Virtual To Actual 5, Curated by Vernita Nemec, Viridian Artists Gallery, Chelsea, NY
2016-  Illuminations: Works by Vanessa German, Peter Oresick, and Christopher Ruane, Carlow University, Pittsburgh, PA
2016-  John Riegert, Curated By Brett Yasko, Space Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2016-  Considering Creation, Curated by Susan Hooks, Philadelphia, PA
2016-  Verse Envisioned: Poems from the Post-Gazette and works of art they have inspired, Panza Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2015-  The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards - 1st Place Charles Dodgson Black & White Award
2015-  Microcosm/MACROCOSM, Curated by Elizabeth Roark, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA
2015-  From Virtual To Actual 4, Curated by Vernita Nemec, Viridian Artists Gallery, Chelsea, NY
2015-  Director's Choice, Viridian Artisits Gallery, Chelsea, NY
2015-  Bedtime Stories, Curated By Sonja Sweterlitsch, Future Tenant Gallery, Puttsburgh, PA
2015-  Associated Artists 104th Annual, The Butler Institute Of American Art, Howland, OH - The Donna Hollen Bolmgren Award
2015-  Wide Open 6, The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NY
2015-  Black & White, Frame House Jask Gallery, Lawrenceville, PA
2015-  Fifth Nationwide Catholic Arts Exhibition, St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA - People's Choice Award
2014-  Sacred Catholic Art Exhibit Puts A Contemporary Spin On Ancient Beliefs, The Huffington Post
2014-  Exhibit of Sacred Catholic art Embraces a Contemporary Vision, The Washington Post
2014-  Fifth Nationwide Catholic Arts Exhibition, St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA - Honorable Mention Award
2014-  From Virtual To Actual, Curated by Vernita Nemec, Viridian Artists Gallery, Chelsea, NY
2014-  Featured in Woord & Dienst Magazine, Netherlands
2014-  Artist Talk, Westmoreland Museum Of American Art, Greensburg, PA
2014-  White Stone Gallery Summer Group Exhibition, Curated by Susan Hooks, Philadelphia, PA
2014-  Most Wanted Fine Art @ The Waterfront, Curated by Scott Hunter, Pittsburgh, PA
2014-  Art Of The State, The State Museum Of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA
2014-  Associated Artists 103rd Annual, Westmoreland Museum Of American Art, Greensburg, PA
2014-  Westmoreland Arts Nationals, WCCC, Youngwood, PA
2014-  Less Is More, The Mitchell Gallery, St John's College, Annapolis, MD
2014-  Artwork and Design for the film 4-4-43, GI Film Festival, Alexandria, VA
2014-  The 41st Hoyt Regional Exhibition, Hoyt Center for the Arts, New Castle, PA
2013-  The New Collective, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA        
2013-  New York Center For Photographic Arts International Exhibition of Fine Art Photography, New York, NY - 1st Place Award
2013-  Multicultural Expressions Of Faith Exhibition, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH - Purchase Award
2013-  Catholic News Service, News Briefs: Artist Combines Faith, Imagery, & Biblical Messages
2013-  The Catholic Accent, Feature Article: Art and Evangelization
2013-  Camera Obscura Journal August 2013 Issue, - Honorable Mention
2013-  Camera Obscura Journal August 2013 Issue, - Finalist
2013-  Conversations 5:10, Curated by Graham Shearing, Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2013-  Director's Choice, Viridian Artisits Gallery, Chelsea, NY
2013-  Sacred Art Modern World (Solo Exhibitioin), ELPC Cathedral Of Hope, Pittsburgh, PA
2013-  Associated Artists 102nd Annual, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
2013-  Whirl Magazine, March 2013 Issue
2013-  Picture This!, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA - 1st Place Award
2012-  5th Annual Holiday Show at Fein Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2012-  Fourth Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Exhibition, St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA - 1st Place Award
2012-  NYC Digital Photography Group Show, Soho Gallery for Digital Art, New York, NY
2012-  PSA 2012 Annual Exhibition, Fein Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA - Juror's Award
2012-  Photographer's Forum Magazine Best of Photography 2012
2012-  Scapes, Pittsburgh Society of Artists, Panza Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2012-  White Stone Gallery, Art and Faith 2012 Catalogue, Philadelphia, PA
2012-  Confluence, Merrick Masters Exhibition, Merrick Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
2012-  Picture This! Opportunity, Independence, Success, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA                      
2011-  Myths and Fables- Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Gallery Sim, Pittsburgh, PA                                              
2011-  Prix de la Photographie, Paris - Official Selection
2011-  37th Westmoreland Nationals- 2011 Westmoreland Art Nationals Photography Award, WCCC, Youngwood, PA
2011-  Extremes, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
2010-  Three Rivers Arts Festival Emerging Artist Scholarship, Pittsburgh, PA
2010-  Three Rivers Arts Festival Visual Arts Exhibition, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh PA
2010-  100 @ 100- Associated Artists of Pittsburgh’s President’s Choice, 907 Penn Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2010-  Interplay, Curated by Eric Shiner (Warhol Museum), Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
2008-  Photographer’s Forum Magazine’s Best of Photography 2008
2004-  Photographer’s Forum Magazine’s Best of College Photography 2004, - Finalist
2003-  Photographer’s Forum Magazine’s Best of College Photography 2003, - Finalist

Permanent Collections
St Vincent College, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Xavier University, Cincinnati Ohio

Affiliations/Memberships
Christians In The Visual Arts
Associated Artists of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Society of Artists
National Association of Photoshop Professionals
Canon Professional Services
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