marie ringwald

artist statement

I'm fascinated with utilitarian buildings - warehouses, factories, Quonset huts, and all kinds of farm buildings - buildings for working in and for holding materials, animals and goods. For me these buildings embody hopefulness, possibilities, history and sometimes even mystery. I appreciate the elegant design elements, as well as the poetic and emotional associations, of simple vernacular architecture. I like that these utilitarian buildings are made with everyday materials that get wonderfully worn by time and weather, and are sometimes patched like a quilt. My sculptures are constructed and collaged with wood (painted, oiled or stained), rubber, glass and sheet metal - the same materials that make up the buildings that inspire me. I pick and choose appropriate materials - both new and used - and paint, stain, patina and work the surfaces. Some sculptures are based on specific buildings while others come from playing with forms or combinations of materials. Pieces range from fairly representational to abstract. Most are wall mounted while others are free standing.

Born, raised and educated in the Bronx, New York, I earned a BFA from Hunter College, City University of New York in 1970. I then spent a year of graduate studies at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia PA. In 1971 I moved to Washington, DC where I started working and showing with a loosely organized group of women artists. In 1976 I began teaching at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. In addition to teaching, I served as Chairman of the Foundation Department from 1986 to 1989 and 1996 to 2003. I was awarded full professorship in 1992. After taking a leave of absence for the 2003-2004 academic year, I resigned in order to work full time in my studio.

Since 1977 my studio has been in a post civil war era brick building in Washington DC, a town house most likely originally designed to be a boarding house.

  • 2014 MARIE RINGWALD: CONSTRUCTIONS AND DECONSTRUCTION, Case(werks) Gallery, Baltimore, MD, Jan. 31-March 21
  • 2010 BELMAR, PETKE + RINGWALD, Gallery Neptune, Bethesda MD, May 14-June 11
  • 2008 NEW, Gallery Neptune, Bethesda MD, March 5-April 5
  • 2006 The Real (Art) World, 5 artists/5 curators/one museum, The American University Museum at the Katzen Center, DC, curated by Nicole Ferdinando
  • 2003-2004 Holding Places, Atrium Gallery, McLean Project for the Arts (Dec. 11-17, Jan. 6-17)
  • 2003 Marie Ringwald, Troyer Gallery, DC (April)
  • 2002 Art from Architecture, Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, NC (July 28-Sept. 10)
  • 2002 Constructions, Troyer Gallery (Feb. 22-March 30)
  • 2001 Silver (25 year retrospective), Monterey, (a commercial space in Georgetown) DC (May-October 2001) curated by Annie Adjchavanich
  • 1995 Mixed Media Wall Reliefs, Mahler Gallery, DC
  • 1994 The Space Between Things, Newman Gallery, DC
  • 1993 Marie Ringwald, Recent Paintings and Sculptures, Arnold & Porter Law Offices, DC
  • 1991 Small Paintings in a Small gallery in a Small Town, Center Street Gallery, VA
  • 1986 Places, Foundry Gallery
  • 1986 Paintings and Sculptures by Marie Ringwald, George Meany Center, MD
  • 1985 Installation, Tyler Gallery, Northern VA Community College
  • 1984 How I Spent my Summer Vacation, Gatehouse Gallery, Mount Vernon College, DC
  • 1983 Paintings and Sculptures by Marie Ringwald, Velar Gallery, GSIA, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1982 Recent Paintings and Sculptures, Foundry Gallery
  • 1980 Reminders, Foundry Gallery
  • 1979 Nighttime Windows/Daytime Windows, Gallery 10
  • 1977 Works on Paper and Wall Pieces, Gallery 10
  • 1977 Scenes from New Jersey, Foundry Gallery, DC

  • National Institutes of Health, July 18-Sept. 5, 2014
  • Alchemical Vessel Exhibition + Benefit, Joan Hisaoka Gallery, Smith Center, DC, April 4-May 16, 2014 (Benefit May 2),
  • Washington Art Matters II, Katzen Art Center, DC, Jan. 25-April 6, 2014
  • Small Worthy Works, Cross MacKenzie Gallery, DC, Dec. 13, 2013–Jan. 8, 2014
  • The Straight - Contemporary Geometric Abstraction, Catalyst Projects, DC, Dec. 12, 2013-Jan. 4, 2014.
  • Under $500, MD Art Place, Baltimore, Dec. 13 + 14, 2013
  • Holiday Show, Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, NC, Nov. 24-Dec. 31, 2013
  • Abstraction at its Best, Capitol Arts Network, Rockville, MD, August 2013
  • Strictly Painting, McLean Project for the Arts, VA, June 13-Aug. 3, 2013 curated by Margaret Heiner
  • ReFresh III, Long View Gallery, DC, June 6 - July 7, 2013
  • MCA Open Studio, O Street studio, May 18 + 19, 2013
  • Complementary, Wisconsin Avenue Studios, DC, curated by Kristina Bilonick, panel discussion, May 6, 2013
  • Art 17 - works of 13 of DC's Mid City Artists, Caldwell Banker Dupont, DC, April 23-June 20, 2013
  • ReFresh II, Long View Gallery, DC, July 19-August 19, 2012
  • MCA Open Studio, O Street studio, May 19 + 20, 2012
  • ReFresh, Long View Gallery, DC, July 29-August 28, 2011
  • MCA Open Studio, O Street studio, May 21 + 22, 2011
  • MATERIAL WORLD, artdc Gallery, Hyattsville, MD, March 12-April 3, 2011, curated by Stephen Boocks
  • WASHINGTON PROJECT for the ARTS 29TH ART AUCTION, curated by Annie Adjchavanich, 700 Sixth St. NW, DC, Feb.-March 2011

  • For a comprehensive list of exhibitions go to


  • DC Art Bank
  • Huntington Museum of Art, WV
  • Wilson Building Art Collection, WDC
  • Kaiser Permanente, VA
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • Crowell & Moring Law Firm
  • Greater Baltimore AHC Inc. MD
  • Friendship Terrace Retirement Community, WDC
  • New Endeavors by Women, WDC
  • Sarah's Circle, WDC
  • Long & Foster Realtors
  • Horning Brothers, Inc.
  • Fannie Mae
  • Dorsey & Whitney, LLP
  • Arnold & Porter Law Firm
  • Atlantic Food Services, Inc.
  • The Washington Post
  • Montgomery County Contemporary Art Collection
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Private collections in the Netherlands, Germany, Peru, Canada, Mexico, and throughout the US


  • Sculpture, Stable, Middleburg, Virginia, U.S. Ambassadorial Residence in Caracas, Venezuela, Charles Shapiro, Ambassador, 2003 - 2005
  • Sculpture, Four From Galveston, Warehouse # 3, to the U.S. Ambassadorial Residence in Berlin, Germany, Dan Coats, Ambassador, 2002-2005 (catalog)
  • Sculpture, Small White Barn with a Pink And Grey Roof, the Ambassadorial Residence in Brasilia, Brazil, Anthony Harrington, Ambassador, 1999 - 2001
  • Sculpture, Silver Warehouse on the Eastern Shore, the Ambassadorial Residence in Bucharest, Romania, James C. Rosapepe, Ambassador, 1998-2001 (catalog)


  • Education: B.F.A. Hunter College, City University of NY, 1970, Departmental Honors
  • Graduate studies, Tyler School of Art, Temple U., Philadelphia, PA, 1970-71
  • Employment:
    • Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, DC, from1976 through August 2004;
    • Chairman Foundation Department 1986-1989 and 1996-2003; Sabbatical 1989-1990;
    • Full Professor, 1992
  • Residence: New York City 1947 to 1971 Washington, DC since September 1971