Art Works by Ruth Connell, AIA, Display at Annapolis Exhibition

Olive Grove Study, Ruth Connell, oil on paper, 2015.

Olive Grove Study, Ruth Connell, oil on paper, 2015.

Exhibition Open
November 18 – December 16, 2015

Cade Art Gallery
John A. Cade Center for Fine Arts, Anne Arundel Community College
101 College Parkway, Arnold, MD 21012

Art works by Ruth Connell will be on exhibit in an all-media nationally-juried show in Annapolis, Maryland, on the theme of “Questioning Beauty: Idea Versus Quality”. Ruth Connell’s included works are two oil paintings, “Olive Grove Study” and “Vision”.

The exhibition will open on Wednesday, November 18, featuring approximately twenty-eight art works selected from an applicant pool of more than three hundred and forty works.


Questioning Beauty: Idea vs Quality
Is beauty objective or subjective? Can something elicit the idea of beauty without possessing the qualities traditionally associated with beauty? Can something possess beauty solely through its physical qualities? Or must idea and physical quality coexist in a work of art to truly define it as beautiful?


Beauty can be found in the allegorical or metaphorical image. In the oil painting “Life”, fish swimming in blue waters represent vitality and fertility: metaphorical image is beautiful because of its implied meaning, not simply rooted only in the aesthetics of composition and technique. The painting is beautiful because of its story. In the earliest work, “Vision”, bisected fruits and transparency symbolize the artist’s ability to see and to know. “Where I Go” juxtaposes the closure of the woods with the openness of the field, holding the viewer to a contrast, underscored with complementary colors, blues and oranges. “With You” intertwines hearts and foliage, using symbol to create beauty. “You Left Before Me” overlays reflections to provoke a narrative. Beauty is not the simple conveyance of image, but a transformation, even if just that of the brush stroke, as in “Olive Grove Study”.

Ruth Connell is an architect and an artist, and teaches architecture at Morgan State University in Baltimore. Design services are available through Ruth Connell Studio Architects, Annapolis, Maryland.
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The juror is David Gariff, a senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and an adjunct professor of art history at The Catholic University of America. A specialist in modern and contemporary art and the art of the Italian Renaissance, he has taught art history at the University of Wisconsin, Cleveland State University, Trinity University, and the University of Maryland, College Park, where he received his Ph.D. He was a graduate fellow in Italy at the University of Florence and the University of Pisa, and a Fulbright and Kress Foundation fellow at the Institute for the History of Lombard Art in Milan. Gariff has lectured and written widely on topics related to modern art, film, and the Italian Renaissance; his book The World’s Most Influential Painters and the Artists They Inspired explores the them of artistic influence and inspiration in Western painting.

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