New Orleans, Louisiana
Ruth Owens graduated in 2018 with an MFA from the University of New Orleans after leaving her medical practice of 25 years. She is represented by Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, and belongs to the artist collectives: A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn and The Front in New Orleans. She completed residencies at the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, MA in 2019 and at the Vermont Studio Center in 2018. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Addison Gallery of American Art. Notable solo shows include Good Family, 2019, The Front Gallery; Identity Theft, 2018, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery; Baby Love, 2018, University of New Orleans Gallery; Conspiracies, 2017, Barrister’s Gallery, New Orleans; and Steppin' Out, 2016, Xavier University Chapel Gallery, New Orleans. Ruth has shown work at the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
Joan Mitchell Center Residency, 2020
I provide visibility to a cultural in-between-ness by using stills from super 8 footage taken by my German mother and African American father in the 1960’s and 1970’s. These photographic stills are used as reference material for my paintings along with other personal or found images that support the narrative of my work.”