Ruth Owens

New Orleans, USA


Eva, Ruth and Bubi, Botanisher Garten, Augsburg 1964


In 1959, Ruth Owens was born 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 25 years, and will continue her artistic pursuits as a member of an artist collective called “The Front” located in the St. Claude art corridor in New Orleans. Notable solo shows include “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, “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.  


                  Above L to R: Eva and Ruth, Augusta, GA 1968Gravida 7 Para 3;  Mother Boy.


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