Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Ruth Salazar was born on January 6th, 1987 in Oxnard, CA. Her parents are from Mexico and Ruth grew up speaking Spanish fluently. Attending school mostly in Ventura CA, it wasn’t until junior year of high school that her interest in art developed. This resulted in her becoming an art history and studio arts double major at UCSD.
She enjoys painting, drawing, and creating artwork from found objects. Along with this, she shares a passion for music. Having played violin in orchestras and sung in choir in high school, Ruth has a desire to learn how to play other intstruments. Ruth adds, “Although I’ve put a hold on playing music for the time being, I plan on pursuing this goal of mine to create beautiful music. Music is very much still a great part of my life.” She also has a great interest in foreign languages and is currently working on German fluency. In the summer of 2005, Ruth was part of a German-American Exchange Program. She visited a little city in northern Germany named Elmshorn. There, she became interested in learning about other cultures. Ruth comments, “Ever since that visit to Germany, I’ve been wanting to go abroad. I’ve been working toward this goal, and am happy that it’s finally going to happen.”
I really think that this experience will truly help me grow as an artist, a student and a person. Many people tell me that I will definitely change after this experience, but I don’t view it as a change as much as an expansion of who I am.” She is excited for her plans to study art history at Humboldt University in Berlin and hopes to expand her knowledge in the arts and of different cultures.