Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma
March 12, 1967
Noted City Artist
Ruth Augur Dies
Augur, 80, of 1219 Military Court, a longtime city portrait and
commercial artist who painted panels depicting the history of
the Episcopal church in St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, died
Friday at St. Anthony Hospital.
Services will be at 1 pm Monday in the chapel of St. Paul's
Cathedral, with burial at
Rose Hill Cemetery
under direction of Guardian Funeral Home.
Born in Austin, she grew up in. Denver, and studied at the New
York School of Art, before moving to Oklahoma City about .5
years ago to head the art school of the Oklahoma Art Center.
Two years later, she the left that position to become staff
artist for Harlow Publishing Co., where she was employed until
she retired in 1965. She was well known for her
murals in the
Garfield County Court House and her portraits in the collection
of the Oklahoma Historical Society.
She belonged to Oklahoma League for Conservative Art and was a
lifetime member of the Episcopal church. She left no known
Auction House Records.
Mural Study for San Antonio Post Office
images are copyright of the artist or assignee [07-30-2010]
biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Austin,
Texas and raised in Denver, Colorado where she studied at the
Student School of Art, Ruth Auger became an artist of the West,
with her most recognized achievement being six murals, completed
in 1937 and covering 1136 square feet, of the history of the
Cherokee Strip Run for the courthouse in Enid, Oklahoma. "The
cattle portrayed in the mural bear registered Texas brands
selected by the University of Texas, Austin". (Powers 18).
As a painted, she also depicted army officer and other
portraits, horse studies, mountain landscapes, and cowboy
In 1905 she won a scholarship to the New York School of Art,
where she was a student of Robert Henri and William Merritt
Chase. About ten years later, she studied in California at
Carmel for summer school, the California School of Fine Arts in
San Francisco, and the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles.
She spent many years in the newspaper business, with art being a
secondary activity. From 1917 to 1929, she was registrar at the
Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy and was also a society
editor for the "El Paso Herald" and the "El Paso Times".
Then she won the WPA commission to paint the murals in Enid, and
in 1937 settled permanently in that town. For 25 years, she
served as staff artist for the Harlow Publishing Company, and
many of her illustrations had western themes. She also taught at
the Municipal Art Gallery. Much of her fine art painting was
completed in her spare time from her professional jobs. On some
of her paintings, she signed her last name "Auger." [In
1934 she was commissioned by the Works Progress Administration
WPA to paint historical murals in the Garfield County Courthouse
in Enid, Oklahoma. She painted a total of five murals. With
Native American scenes, she painted accurate dress and
"An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West" by Phil
Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick
"Texas Painters, Sculptors & Graphic Artists" by John and
At age 19, Ruth won an art scholarship to the New York School of
Art where she studied under William Merritt Chase. Although she
loved fine art, she never pursued it full time. She held many
jobs in publishing and in 1937 won the commission to paint
murals in Enid, Oklahoma. In 1937 Augur had completed a 1136
square foot mural of the history of the Cherokee strip run for
the Enid Courthouse.
Courtesy: Best of the West Auction, Colorado Springs, CO
... Complied and transcribed by Marti Graham, 2009.
Complied and transcribed by Marti Graham, 2009.