Traci Van Wagoner

Traci Van Wagoner

Ruth Asawa: A Sculpting LIfe

I'm thrilled to announce the release of my latest illustrated picture book!

Ruth Asawa: A Sculpting Life

written by Joan Schoettler

illustrated by Traci Van Wagoner

from Pelican Publishing October 1, 2018


“Art will make people better, more highly skilled in thinking and improving whatever business one goes into. It makes a person broader.”―Ruth Asawa


A fountain of inspiration!

From the Japanese-American internment camps to the creation of the San Francisco School of the Arts, Ruth Asawa’s life journey is one filled with challenges and obstacles turned into triumphs through perseverance and a unique vision.

Known as the “Fountain Lady” of San Francisco due to the many fountains she designed, Asawa experimented with unconventional mediums, using lines, space, and wire to create dimensional sculptures. Author Joan Schoettler spoke with Asawa’s daughter, viewed countless pieces of art, and gathered information from around the country to create this profile of the extraordinary woman, teacher, and artist Ruth Asawa. The thorough research of illustrator Traci Van Wagoner is vividly apparent in the dynamic depictions of Asawa and her life that are sure to fascinate and inspire young readers.

To read more about my process and my journey in creating the illustrations for this book, ready my post Ruth Asawa Biography on my website.

The book is available online:


Barnes and Noble


Ruth Asawa: A Sculpting LIfe
Ruth Asawa: A Sculpting LIfe

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