Ronald Chase was born in Seminole, OK, received a B.A. at Bard College in 1956, and traveled to Spain and Italy teaching himself to paint over the next couple of years. He began to mix photography with painting and sculpture in 1969, and moved on to film and opera in the 70s before turning back to painting and moving on to more 3D forms in this century. He has enjoyed multiple fruitful careers as artist, photographer, educator, independent film maker, and opera designer. His work has been exhibited for 50 years and he has collaborated in opera with director Frank Corsaro for 30 years. He has also worked as an arts critic-at-large on KAWL, San Francisco’s public radio station, for 35 years. He created two feature films, numerous short films, and received the SFMOMA SECA Award in film.
Ronald Chase worked in the Adams studio.
Given to the MacDowell Association by Margaret Adams of Chicago, the half-timbered, stuccoed Adams Studio was designed by MacDowell Fellow and architect F. Tolles Chamberlin ca. 1914. Chamberlin was primarily a painter, but also provided designs for the Lodge and an early renovation of the main hall. The studio’s structural integrity was restored during a thorough renovation in…