Multi-Armed Bandit, Specialist Gallery
June 2, 2022- July 9 , 2022 Opening Reception: First Thursday, June 2, 5-8PM
Gallery hours: Saturdays, 12pm-3pm and by appointment. Email or DM us on instagram (@specialist_sea) for inquiries.

Specialist presents Multi-Armed Bandit, an exhibition of new works by Kate Ruggeri.

“Multi-Armed Bandit” is a term used in machine learning to describe a hypothetical experience of a gambler at a row of slot machines (commonly called “One-Armed Bandits”). The gambler must choose between multiple actions: which arm to pull, how many times to pull it, and whether to continue with their current machine or try another.

The multi-armed bandit refers to both Ruggeri’s diverse multi-disciplinary practice, her own visual language, and biography.

Ruggeri brings together mixed media works on paper, sculpture, and painting — to combine with her own autobiographical elements and experience in engineering. Much of the collaged material comes from her personal sketchbooks made during the pandemic, which she calls “The Books of Quar”.

Kate Ruggeri (b. 1988) is an multi-disciplinary artist based in Seattle, WA. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010 and her MFA in Painting at Yale School of Art in 2016. Some places she has exhibited at are Abrons Art Center (New York, NY), Green Gallery (Milwaukee, WI), The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (Grand Rapids, MI), Roots and Culture (Chicago, IL), and Olympia (New York, NY). She has held residencies at Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist Residency, ACRE Artists Cooperative and Residency, and 8550 Ohio.