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.
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
Annual Texas Cotton Palace Exposition, Waco, Texas, 1930
Annual Allied Artists Exhibition, Dallas, Texas, 1942
Texas Fine Arts Association Exhibition, 1957, 1961
Solo exhibition, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, 1963
Solo exhibition, Hockaday School, Dallas, Texas, 1963
Annual Texas Artists Circuit Exhibition, 1963
Baylor University, Waco, Texas
Solo exhibition, Bettis Gallery, Waco, Texas
Waco Modern Art Gallery, Texas
Provincetown Art Association, Massachusetts
University of Buffalo Museum, New York
Solo exhibition, Erie Museum, Pennsylvania
Portraits, Browning Room, Baylor University, Waco