- BA, Art and Design in Visual Studies, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Ill., 2019
Meghan Ruyle is a graduate student in art history, assisting in art history courses Intro to Visual Arts, Nineteenth Century Art and American Art 1815-1880. Ruyle’s research focuses on modern and contemporary art, with a general interest in contemporary women artists and gender studies. She is enrolled in Track 2 of the graduate art history program, which includes a museum studies certificate.
Ruyle has served as a student assistant at the Khalaf Al Habtoor Archives and Paul Findley Congressional Office Museum at Illinois College. She was selected as an Illinois State Museum Art and History Intern, as an intern at the Governor Duncan Mansion and as an intern for the Springfield Art Association. She has also served as a student archivist for the Illinois College Art Department.
In 2019, Ruyle presented her research paper titled, “Peggy Guggenheim during World War II: Preserving a Generation of Art” at the annual College Art Association Conference, the Purdue Northwest University Clement S. Stacy Undergraduate Conference, Illinois College Celebration of Excellence. She was also a Brown Bag Event presenter at the Illinois State Museum.
Ruyle received the Illinois College Carlson-Damsgaard Family Award in Art, the Mary Ruth Mundinger Award in History, the Marilyn Johnson Hassenger Award in Fine Arts, the Elizabeth Caine Art Award. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta and Phi Alpha Theta National Honor Society in History. Ruyle also won the Illinois Bicentennial Video Contest in 2018.