Ruth Dunken Harrison was born in Nashville, Tennessee, but spent most of her life in Waco and Dallas. She was a painter, graphic artist, and teacher.
Harrison attended Baylor University, Waco, The University of Colorado, Boulder, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National School of Art, Washington, D.C. and the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. In Dallas, she was a student of Martha Simkins, and studied at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts under Otis Dozier. In Chautauqua, New York, she was a student of Revington Arthur and H. Richard Duhme.
Harrison taught privately in Dallas from 1948 to 1957, and was art director and instructor at the Hockaday School from 1958 to 1995.
Harrison died in Dallas and was buried in Waco.
Awards/Memberships: American Federation of Arts American Graphic Society Dallas Art Association Dallas Museum of Contemporary Arts Dallas Print Society Frank Reaugh Art Club, Dallas Texas Fine Arts Association
Exhibitions: Annual Texas Cotton Palace Exposition, Waco, Texas, 1930 Annual Allied Artists Exhibition, Dallas, Texas, 1942 Texas Fine Arts Association Exhibition, 1957, 1961 Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, 1963 (solo) Hockaday School, Dallas, Texas, 1963 (solo) Annual Texas Artists Circuit Exhibition, 1963 Baylor University, Waco, Texas Bettis Gallery, Waco, Texas (solo) Waco Modern Art Gallery, Texas Provincetown Art Association, Massachussetts University of Buffalo Museum, New York Erie Museum, Pennsylvania (solo)