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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

Magan Ruthke

Magan Ruthke

Artist Work

American Love Story
2019
Acrylic, Aerosol, and Charcoal on Canvas
48"x60"
View from Upcountry, Maui
2019
Acrylic on Canvas
20"x20"
Tidal Cave at Waianapanapa
2019
Acrylic on Canvas
30"x40"
Sun Breaking Through on Haleakalā
2019
Acrylic on Canvas
12"x36"
Prayer for a Friend
2018
Acrylic on Wood Panel
10"x8"
Sunset at 10,000 Feet
2018
Acrylic on Canvas
16"x40"

Artist Information

County
Baltimore City
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

An artist brings about beauty and highlights the human condition. A naturalist appreciates beauty and wonders at nature. An educator attempts to understand beauty and teaches us why and how. These three elements, along with my love of folk art, drive my work. Through this, I explore the cross sections of traditions lost and the peace of the landscape. Patterns are a reflection of nature and our need to tell stories. In spite of our differences, our creation of pattern and folk art continually bring us together: the Native American to the Spanish, the Spanish to the colonial American, the colonial American to the Polynesian Islander, the African to the Middle Eastern and so on, forever. We are all connected by what we create and by what we witness in nature. Combining these elements into a single piece is a reminder that everything we are, do, and make is a reflection of the land and our evolution, together.

Artist Bio

A self-taught artist, Magan has been a long time resident of Baltimore City, Maryland, where she spent 15 years with the Children’s Museum in Baltimore. She re-directed her path to become a master naturalist, professional artist, and informal educator. Magan evokes connections between human traditions and nature through landscapes and pattern while highlighting her travels, her love of the natural world, and folk design. Magan holds a M.S. and B.S. from Towson University where she studied theatre arts and human resource development. She was a  finalist for the Volcanoes National Park and Haleakalā National Park Artist-in-Residence in 2019 and 2018. Most recently, her work has been seen at the Circle Gallery, in Annapolis, MD, the Studios of Key West, in Key West, FL, the John James Audubon Center in Audubon, PA, the Annapolis Maritime Museum in Annapolis, MD, Atomic Books in Baltimore, MD, the Lemonade Stand Gallery, in Key West, FL, the Saville Gallery in Cumberland, MD, and on the cover of the Baltimore Review.