During undergraduate and graduate schools in New Jersey, New York and Wisconsin, Ruta Schuller studied art history. After graduation Schuller was employed by the Art Institute of Chicago as Project Archivist funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, and then continued as archivist/librarian at the Milwaukee Art Museum. In addition to private studio art instruction, Ruta Schuller has completed the "Artist at Work“ Drawing Certificate program at the ArtSchool/ArtsCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina as well as the Botanical Illustration and Art Certificate Program at the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill, following her retirement as librarian at the Davis library at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Exposure to museum art collections, nature and travel have influenced her choice of subject matter. Her work is expressed through watercolor, graphite, pen and ink and mixed media.
Ruta Schuller’s works have been shown in juried exhibitions and are in private collections. She is a member of both ASBA-C and GNSI-Carolinas as well as local artist organizations.