Jan Ruano

Resident Artist

Photography has long been an avocation for Jan.  When working with film, most of her work was geared toward black and white, form, shape, and composition. As technology advanced, digital photography replaced film and her darkroom was replaced with an iMac and Photoshop, giving her the ability to refine images and become more creative with the process of photography.

Jan’s background is in education. Her master’s degree is in Educational Media from Temple University. There she took courses in photography, including filmmaking.

Her photography has won awards at various camera clubs including the Silver Lake Photo Contest, winning Best of Show in Black and White and in Color. She also has been accepted four times in the juried photography show at Phillips' Mill.

Incorporating graphic design with photography has enabled her to produce Christmas ornaments with a local theme for Mignoni Jewelry as well as the design on their tea can. Many of the posters advertising Historic Bristol Day as well as the latest Bristol Cultural and Historic Foundation’s garden flags are her designs. Restoring old photographs is also an area of interest to her.

It is her belief that photography is more than recording images. It can be and is a valuable art form that can be appreciated and participated in by many people.

Technology and creative imagination have expanded the art form to limitless possibilities.