ABOUT

“A year of extremes, 2020 has driven some people to claim the streets and others to cloister at home.….a solitary person sits at a D.C. bus stop in a Ruth Lozner painting that evokes Edward Hopper’s lonely moments — with the up-to-date addition of a cellphone. It tells a story of someone, secluded or maybe just intensely focused, who burrows into something, whether a physical object or the human psyche, to find transcendence at its core.

—Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post 2020

Smartly positioned is Ruth Lozner’s Rising Tides, an open wood and glass structure that looks like a house on stilts of a kind that are often built near the water in many places…with a narrative about climate change and the rising seas.

—Claudia Rousseau, East City Paper 2020

“The works here rest in the tension between intimate and alien.  The artists express that being at home is an active relationship with place, an ongoing practice in making the foreign familiar, and that being rooted isn’t the same as staying put. The exhibit questions how the concept of home can transcend definitions and borders. A highlight, Ruth Lozner’s Aftermath: a master at deconstructing and reconstructing memory and reality.”

—Andreil Luis, Curator, September, 2018.  Balisle Online

“Ruth Lozner’s assembled sculptures utilize found objects and ephemera to address the issue of obsolescence, of presence that becomes absence over time. Her dictionary of obsolete words is a reminder that language itself can be ephemeral.”

—Holly Koons McCullough, Curator’s statement, restonarts.org, Sept 2015

“. . .  a stand out in particular– Ruth Lozner demonstrates her respect for the readymade’s legacy in Autumn Landscape Somewhere  a piece that honors the ‘rectified’ idea of using existent artworks to comment on art, like L.H.O.O.Q. Her brilliance lies in how she adds a ’paint-by-numbers’ template to partially mask her ‘Picture Craft Oil Painting’ readymade’s stale fawns-in-nature cliché, setting up a subversive play between subject and object.”

— Mark Cameron Boyd, Curator, July 20, 2014.  From the catalogue, Readymade@100.

In 1927, Philip and Mary Rosner signed a lease for a space at Baltimore’s Belair Market. That scrap of paper was a practical matter then, but now, some 90 years later, it has become a metaphor, or a fragment of one. Ruth Lozner’s “Legacies,” at Hillyer Art Space, assembles specific artifacts to conjure a general impression of past lives and dispersed communities. The local artist works with what’s left to commemorate, what’s lost.

 

These combines are not in the style of Robert Rauschenberg’s, which are more absurd and very much of their Pop Art moment. Lozner prefers venerable domestic objects — shoes, a straight razor, a brittle baby dress — and timeworn hues. (She writes that she follows “in the traditions of surrealism and dada, with a back story of folk art.”) Some objects are repurposed, and new items may be added: A sideways ladder serves as a series of frames for found objects, and a plastic face mold creates an eerie note on top of a grandfather clock.

 

Lozner seldom trashes or transforms her materials, leaving intact their essential forms and qualities. Indeed, the actual content of the maps, postcards, class photos, report cards and, yes, market leases can be a little distracting. But the show’s overall effect is to powerfully evoke the ruthlessness of time.

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

EDUCATION

MFA : American University, Washington, DC

BFA: Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

2014 – pres Professor Emerita, Art+Design, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

2010-2017 Member, National Education Committee, Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, NYC

2009-pres Fellow, Royal Society of Arts, UK

1986 – 2014 Associate Professor, Art+Design, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Other academic positions include: Adjunct Professor, Parsons School of Design, NYC; 
Associate Professor and Chair, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

PROFESSIONAL EXHIBITIONS

2020 “Rising Tides” Curve Gallery, Annapolis, MD, Juried group show,2020 “Rising Tides”, Curve Gallery, Annapolis, MD, Juried group show, Juror: Jennifer Polillo

2020 “Moments in Time” Athenaeum Gallery, Alexandria, VA, Juried group show,  Juror/curators: Twig Murray, Allison Nance

2020 “Sculpture Now 2020” McLean Center for the Arts, McLean, VAJuror/curator: Nancy Sausser  2020 Six Lozner-Raulin paintings purchased for the permanent collectionof the University of Delaware Morris Library

2020 “Book Series 3.0” Biblion, Lewes, DE Lozner-Raulin Collaborative Work

2020 “Book Series 2.5 ” Loyalty Books, Silver Spring, MD Lozner-Raulin Collaborative Work

2020 “In Context” Kaikodo Gallery, New York, NY Solo Show Lozner-Raulin Collaborative Work

2020 Annual Regional Juried Exhibition, Hill Center Galleries, Washington, DC  Lozner-Raulin Collaborative Work
Juried group show. Juror: Myrtis Bedolia

2020 “Home” Strathmore Gallery, Rockville, MD, Annual juried group show. Jurors: Terence Nicholson, Erwin Timmers

2020 “Mixtures” Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC,  Invitational Group Show

2019 “Book Series 2.0” Silver Branch, Silver Spring, MD, Solo Show Lozner-Raulin Collaborative Work

2019 “Book Series” Glenview Mansion, Rockville, MD, Solo Show Lozner-Raulin Collaborative Work

2019 Loyalty Books, Silver Spring, MD, Solo Show Lozner-Raulin Collaborative Work

2019 “Book Series” Glenview Mansion Gallery, Rockville, MD Two-person show

2019 “Color Stories” Glenview Mansion Gallery, Rockville, MD Solo show

2019 “Eye of the Beholder” Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD, Juried Group Show, Juror: Katie Dell Kaufman

2019  “Time” Mills Pond Gallery, St. James, NY  Juried Group Show

2019 “Reflections” Wohlfarth Gallery, Washington, DC Invitational Show

2019 “Quietly Powerful” Sense Gallery, Washington, DC, Juried group show, Juror/Curator Jenny Wu

2019 “Sculpture Now” Brentwood Arts  Exchange, Washington, DC Juried group show, Juror/Curator Spencer Dormitzer

2018 “The Night” Strathmore Gallery, Rockville, MD.  Annual  juried group show.

2018 “From Here to Elsewhere: Kindled by Things” McLean Project for the Arts, Invitational,
Curator: Nancy Sausser

2018 “Inch-by-Inch” Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC,  Invitational

2018  “Uprooted” IA&A at Hillyer, Washington, DC, Juried group show, Juror: Adriel Luis

2018  “Cabinet of Curiosities” The Athenaeum Gallery, Alexandria, VA Juried Group Show,
Jurors: Twig Murray, Veronica Szalus

2018  “One House” Blackrock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD, an ArtWatch group  installation

2018 “Poe & Puck” Strathmore Gallery, Rockville, MD Juried group show. Juror/curator: Adah Rose Bitterbaum

2018 “Annual Invitational Show” Waverley Gallery, Bethesda, MD

2018 “Letters” Takoma Park Art Center, Invitational, Curator: Nahid Toontoochi

2018 “Gray Area” Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA Juried group show, Juror/Curator, Julie Graham

2017 “Color: Primary to Tertiary” Site: Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY Juried group show, Juror/Curator: Lilly Wei

2017 “One House” Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC, Piece in installation, Juried group show, Curator: Ellyn   Weiss

2017 “Eye of the Beholder” Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD Juried Group Show, Curator/Juror: Janet Maher

2017 “Off the Wall“ Waverley Gallery, Bethesda, MD Juried Group Show, Curator/Juror: Oliver Shell

2017 RH Ballard Gallery, Little Washington, VA, Solo Show, Curator: Robert Ballard

2016 “Sculpture Now” Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, Frederick, MD
Juried Group Show, Juror/Curator, John Shipman

2016 “Annual National Sculpture Exhibition” Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, Frederick, MD
Juried Group Show, Juror/Curator, Foon Sham

2016 “ Idols and Legends” Karyn Mannix Gallery, East Hampton, NY. Juried group show.
Juror/Curator, Karyn Mannix

2016 “Landmarks” King Street Gallery, Cafritz Center, Silver Spring, MD
Juried group show, Juror/Curator, Claudia Rousseau

2016 “Dada Centennial” International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction, Sante Fe, NM
Juried group show, Juror/Curator: Cecil Touchon

2016  “Art on Paper” Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD
Juried Group Show, Juror/Curator: Robert Mintz, Chief Curator,  Walters Art Museum, Baltimore.

2016  “Stormy Weather” Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis, MD
Juried Group Show, Juror/Curator: Professor Nora Sturges, Towson  University

2015 “Questioning the Bomb: History and Non-Proliferation” University of Maryland Art Gallery, College Park, MD    Invitational Group Show, Juror/Curator: James Thorpe

2015  “Ephemeral”  Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, VA
Juried Group show, Juror/Curator: Holly Koons McCullough

2015 “Sanctuary” Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, NW, Washington, DC
Juried Group Show, Juror/Curator: Shanti Norris

2015 “Emulsion”  Gallery O, Washington DC
Juried Group Show: Juror/Curator: Adah  Rose Bitterman

2015  “Bricklayers”   Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA
Juried Group Show, Juror/Curator: Jennie Shanker

2015 “Women Artists/Women Chefs”  Strathmore Arts Center, Rockville, MD
Juried Group Show, Juror/Curator: Harriet Lesser

2015  “LEGACIES”  Hillyer Art Space, Washington DC, (Solo Exhibition)

2014  “READYMADE@100”  American University Museum, Washington DC
Juried Group Show, Juror/Curator: Mark Cameron Boyd

2014 “Fiction Non Fiction” The Gibbs Street Gallery at VisArts, Rockville, MD (Solo Exhibition)

2014 “Gedankenexperiment” American Association for the Advancement of Science Gallery, Washington, DC
Juried Group Show, Juror/Curator: Sarah Tanguy

2014 “Perceived and Constructed” Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, DE
Juried Group Show

2014 “Louloudi” Athaneum Gallery, Alexandria, VA
Juried Group Show, Juror/Curator: Renee Stout

2013  “Sculpture Now : 2013” Honfleur Gallery, Washington, DC
Juried Group Show, Juror/Curator: Florecy Morrisette

2011 “Poetics/Aesthetics” invitational show, University of Maryland Art Gallery, College Park, MD
Invitational Group Show

2009 University of Maryland Faculty Exhibition, College Park, MD

2008 “Jewish Lives” HaHakom Gallery, Kensington, MD (Solo Show)

2007 “Of Doors and Keys” Sarah Brown Art Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Juried Group Show

2006 “Folk Art: Tradition & Innovations” Harmony Hall Center, Fort Washington, MD
Juried Group Show

2006 University of Maryland Faculty Exhibition, College Park, MD

2004 Jane Haslem Gallery Washington, DC ( Two-person show)

2002 University of Maryland Faculty Exhibition, College Park, MD

2000 Annual Illustrators of Washington Exhibition, Sumner Gallery, Washington, DC (juried group show)

2000 University of Maryland Faculty Exhibition, College Park, MD

1999 Annual Illustrators of Washington Exhibition, Sumner Gallery, Washington, DC (juried group show)

1998 Annual Illustrators of Washington Exhibition, Sumner Gallery, Washington, DC (juried group show)

1998 “Illustrators Who Teach”, Society of Illustrators, NYC (Invitational group show)

1997 University of Maryland Faculty Exhibition, College Park, MD

1995 University of Maryland Faculty Exhibition, College Park, MD

1993 University of Maryland Faculty Exhibition, College Park, MD

1996 “Works from Maryland Faculty”, Konin Museum, Poland ( Group show)

1992 Otterbein College, Columbus, OH (Solo show)

1992 “Washington Illustrators” Montgomery College, Rockville, MD  (Juried group show)

1990 The Partners Gallery, Bethesda, MD.  Painting. (Group show)

1989 Annual Show, Society of Illustrators, NYC (Juried group show)

1990 Annual Show, Society of Illustrators, NYC (Juried group show)

1979-84 Noel Butcher Gallery, Philadelphia, PA  (Bi-annual Solo Shows)

2019 Juror for Congressional Art Competition, invited by Jamie Raskin, (D) MD

2016 “Winter Exhibition” Maryland  Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD

2013 “Network of Mutuality: 30 Years Post-Birmingham” Art Gallery, University of Maryland

CURATORIAL ACTIVITY

2019 Juror for Congressional Art Competition, invited by Jamie Raskin, (D) MD

2016 “Winter Exhibition” Maryland  Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD

2013 “Network of Mutuality: 30 Years Post-Birmingham” Art Gallery, University of Maryland

INDIVIDUAL AND SMALL GROUP INSTRUCTION

Painting, drawing and portfolio development

Ruth Lozner received a BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA and an MFA from American University, Washington, DC. Currently she holds the title of Professor Emerita of Art and Graphic Design from the University of Maryland, College Park. She previously held faculty positions at the Parsons School of Design and the University of the Arts, where she was Chair of the Illustration Department. For several years, she served as co-director of the Academy of Excellence of Teaching and Learning at UMD, an organization that encourages and supports innovative pedagogical practices. For 10 years, she served on the Education Committee for the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Smithsonian’s national design museum in NYC and for the last 15 years, she has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, UK. Professor Lozner has lectured extensively on the creative process, and art and design history and theory at various venues including College Art Association Conferences, National Art Education Association Conferences, AIGA and many college campuses. Professor Lozner’s illustrations have appeared in her own book, “Scratchboard for Illustration” and in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Magazine. Recently, she retired from full time teaching and has maintained a very active Fine Arts practice showing collages, paintings and sculptures at various galleries.  In addition, she is currently collaborating with another artist, Kenzie Raulin, to produce large scale paintings and commissions. In 2020 this team had a very successful exhibition in New York City, selling out the show.

 

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