Born in New York’s Adirondack Mountains, Ridgeway’s background includes graphic design study at Russell Sage College in Troy, New York and employment with Reuben H. Donnelley Advertising Corporation as a designer. She then attended the School of Interior Design Art and the Art Students League, NYC. Studies continued abroad: painting, exhibiting, teaching, immersing in the cultures of Madagascar, Australia and Chile.
Returning to the US, her fine art and professional careers continued. Among her positions: Visual Arts Specialist, Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission and Executive Director/CEO of Very Special Arts, an educational affiliate of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Acclaimed Abstract Expressionist painter Paul Jenkins mentored her over several decades. Forty years hence, her signature technique of “Layering Light” on large-scale, luminous poured canvases and metal sculptures has been perfected.
Since the mid-1990s, Ridgeway has been creating/residing in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Exhibitions in 80+ museums, universities and galleries include: Slate Gray Gallery; London Art Biennale Swiss Art Expo; SBB Eventhall Zürich Main Station; Ventana Fine Art; Palais Royale; Women's Essence, a concomitant exhibition/58th Venice Biennale; Embassy of Madagascar; and Shaw Gallery. Permanent public placements: The Boro Building, Mayo Clinic and the Federal Reserve Bank. Upcoming exhibitions: Barcelona International Art Fair. Recent awards are Leonardo DaVinci Prize, Rome and Michelangelo International Prize, Rome.
umerous publications have featured her work, among them: International Contemporary Masters; ArtifactNYC; 805 Lit + Art; Art Reveal; Magazine 43; MVIBE; Trend Magazine; and Peripheral ARTeries. Italian art critic Salvatore Russo recently wrote an essay on Ridgeway entitled “The True Heir of Paul Jenkins.” Ridgeway has also penned several books about art and process.