Known nationally for her wire sculptures Asawa was an arts activist in San Francisco . She began an Arts workshop that presented art projects in area schools. She was also involved in establishing a public school for the arts in San Francisco and served on the California Arts council, the National Endowment of rthe Arts, and became a trustee of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. During WWII she and her family were sent to an internment camp. Her family was there for 3 years but Ruth only spent 18 months as she had been accepted to college funded by a Quaker organization. While I was familiar with her work and knew she had influenced many contemporary artists I really knew nothing about her.