Ruth Channing Exhibition

UMGC President Javier Miyares and Judge Peter Messitte of the Greenbelt Division of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland invite you to discover the exhibition Ruth Channing's Community in Paint and Print.

Ruth Channing has been active in the arts scene in Baltimore since the 1970s. Her work is deeply personal, and many of the artworks in the exhibition are portraits of family and friends that explore deep connections and expressions. Her art is inspired by the time she spent studying in Paris as well as the vibrant arts community of Baltimore. A consummate artist, Channing experiments with varied methods, materials, and means of expression, working spontaneously to highlight the process of creating visual communication. The paintings and prints in this exhibition show her unique style and invite conversation about her life and experiences.

About the Artist

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Channing studied art at Rhode Island School of Design, intending to be an illustrator. There she met members of Stanley William Hayter’s Atelier 17, the renowned surrealist print workshop in Paris, and eventually travelled to France to study with Hayter. Channing fell in love with Parisian life and stayed on for several years, supporting herself by working as a chambermaid. French literature and culture have strong influences on her art. While in Paris, Channing met painter Raoul Middleman; they married in 1971 and returned to Baltimore. Channing also studied briefly with Jacob Lawrence at the Art Students League of New York.

In addition to painting, Channing maintains a printmaking workshop, Ink Spot Press. Located in the Mount Vernon cultural district of Baltimore, Ink Spot Press practices Atelier 17 methods and philosophy. Channing's work is in many private collections in the United States and abroad, as well as public collections, including the Southland Art Gallery in Gore, New Zealand, and UMGC. She is represented by Y:Art Gallery and Unicorn Studio.

Exhibition Dates

July 25–October 31, 2019

Courthouse Hours

9 a.m.–5 p.m.


U.S. District Courthouse
6500 Cherrywood Lane
Greenbelt, Maryland

About Art at the Courthouse

Since its inception in 1996, the Art at the U.S. District Courthouse program has contributed greatly to our region's cultural enrichment. The original purpose of the program was to feature works by Maryland artists, but over the years it has expanded to include international art. With exhibitions in quilting, photography, sculpture, and painting, the Art at the U.S. District Courthouse program continues to call attention to the diverse interests and creative talents of artists and the importance of their contributions to society.