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new figruative and narrative paintings

New Orleans-base Contemporary Artist

April 1 – May 29, 2021

RUTH OWENS, Good Family, 2019
RUTH OWENS, Tag-A-Long, 2019
RUTH OWENS, Be Kind to Yourself, 2019
RUTH OWENS, David and Sweet Ann, 2019
RUTH OWENS, Rap Sody, 2015
RUTH OWENS, Blackbottom II, 2015
RUTH OWENS, Flower Girl, 2019
RUTH OWENS, Flower Boy, 2019


[New Orleans, LA :: b.1959, Augsburg, Germany] 


RUTH OWENS was born in 1959 to a young German woman and a Black serviceman from Georgia. The nomadic military lifestyle of her childhood was complicated by restrictions to mixed families in many communities and laid the basis for the formation of her cultural identity. She will graduate with a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of New Orleans after quitting her medical practice of over 25 years. She will continue her artistic pursuits showing with Jonathan Ferrara Gallery of New Orleans, and participating in an artist collective called “The Front” located in that city’s St. Claude art corridor. Further, the well-respected Vermont Studio Center awarded Ruth an artist residency which she will attend in July, 2018.


Notable solo shows include “Baby Love” in 2018 at University of New Orleans Gallery, “Conspiracies” in 2017 at Barrister’s Gallery in New Orleans, and “Stepin’ Out” at Xavier University Chapel Gallery in 2016.


Ruth Owens has also participated in numerous group shows including the “Currents, 2018,” at A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, “Honey Trap,” at The Front Gallery, New Orleans, LA, “Image and Text” 2017, at Site: Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, “LA Contemporary, 2015” at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, “Contemporary Artists Respond to the New Orleans Baby Dolls,” 2015, at the McKenna Museum of African American Art, “Imago Mundi: New Orleans: Repatriation,” Prospect.3 Adjunct at the New Orleans Museum of Art, “True Colors,” 2014, at the Ashe Cultural Center, and “NOLA NOW: The Human Figure,” 2012 at the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans.


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