MARIE RINGWALD b. 1947, Bronx, NY; lives in Washington, DC
This is a painting of a closed, people-less warehouse—the exurban landscape we are left with during the pandemic.
Marie Ringwald’s art is inspired by everyday, simply made buildings that are designed for working in or holding materials, animals, and products. Her images are based on warehouses, barns, sheds, and vernacular architecture such as Quonset huts. She sketches and photographs during her travels. Images from photographs, movies, and TV have also provided inspiration. She starts by remembering a place and then abstracting essentials that—to her—evoke a personal and clear but universal memory. Born, raised, and educated in the Bronx, NY, Ringwald has a BFA from Hunter College, City University of New York. In 1971 she moved to Washington, DC, where she started working and showing with a group of women artists. She was a professor at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design from 1976 to 2003 and was chairman of the Foundation Department for a total of 10 years. Ringwald has shown at the Anchorage Museum, Corcoran, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Katzen Arts Center at American University, and Maryland Art Place. Her work is included in the collections of Fannie Mae, the Huntington Museum of Art in West Virginia, the National Gallery of Art, and the Washington Post. The US Department of State Art in Embassies program has exhibited her sculptures in South America and Europe.