1883 - 1978
Ruzicka emigrated to the US from Czechoslovakia with his parents at
the age of ten. He received some drawing instruction at the Hull House
in Chicago before leaving school and becoming an apprentice wood engraver.
Between 1900 and 1902 he worked for several Chicago firms and attended
classes at the Art Institute. He moved to New York in 1903 and worked
for the American Bank Note Company and the Calkins and Holden advertising
agency. During this time he also attended classes at the Art Students
League. In 1910 he receive d his first major commission for System
magazine. He had several exhibitions throughout his career including
the “Premiere Exposition” of the Societé de la Gravure, Paris, Anderson
Galleries, New York, Grolier Club and the Century Association, New
York. In 1935 his work was in an exhibition sponsored by the AIGA
and he was awarded the AIGA Gold Medal. He moved to Massachusetts
in 1948 and then eventually settled in Vermont. At the age of ninety
he created the “Dartmouth Medal” for the American Library Association.