Ruth Starr Rose Anna May Moaney, 1930, oil on Masonite by Ruth Starr Rose.

If you love art and Maryland history, there's no better exhibit to visit this winter than what's going on at the Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery at St. John's College from January 11th through February 26th. Ruth Starr Rose: Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World is the first comprehensive exhibition of paintings and lithographs by Ruth Starr Rose (1887-1965, offering a rare glimpse into the lives and spiritual world of rural African American life at the turn of the century on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. An Art Students League artist, Rose portrays crab pickers, sailmakers, and soldiers, as well as gospel song illustrations, with a dignity and compassion that expresses her deep love for the residents of the Talbot County towns of Copperville and Unionville.

“Ruth Starr Rose” was developed and organized for the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture by Guest Curator Barbara Paca, PhD; Exhibition Tour Management by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA. and generously supported by the Helena Foundation.

Along with the exhibit are lectures, events, and programs surrounding the work and life of Ruth Starr Rose. For more information, visit St. John's College online by clicking here.


Videography courtesy of DMH Visual Productions, photo courtesy of the Elizabeth Myers Mitchel Gallery