Lauren Ruth Exhibition

Lauren Ruth
Wide Receivers, 2016
Digital print on banner vinyl, stray bales, transparent vinyl, fabric, mixed media
15' x 15' x 10'


Lauren Ruth: Wide Receivers, 2016

Digital print on banner vinyl, stray bales, transparent vinyl, fabric, mixed media
15' x 15' x 10'

August 26 – October 1, 2016
Artist talk and opening reception Friday, September 2 at 4:30 PM

The Carlos Gallery in the Nabit Art Building at University of the South is pleased to present Wide Receivers and Near Misses, an exhibition by artist Lauren Ruth.

Ruth is a multidisciplinary artist whose sculptural works engage issues of social ritual, participation, and the body.

The works in Wide Receivers and Near Misses are conceived as defamiliarized stand-ins for various sensory organs and communication tools. Drawing on the human propensity for miscommunication, the works push against conventions of propriety to facilitate corporeal awareness and unexpected exchange.

Ruth’s bold, human scale works present mundane objects – ground beef, hay bales, the body – in unfamiliar and surreal terms. The sculptures resemble furniture, signage, and interior décor. Human ears tower over the viewer like indelicate eavesdroppers and meat pillows offer a comfortable seat.

Ruth has exhibited at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington D.C.; the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE; the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI; the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Root Division, San Francisco, CA; and Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN. Ruth’s artistic collaboration The Shaft, with Maiza Hixson, has performed at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY and the Koban Project, Baltimore, MD. Ruth has been artist in residence at ACRE, Steuben, WI; Cannonball, Miami, FL; and Oxbow, Saugatuck, MI and has presented at open Engagement, SECAC, Dartmouth College, and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Ruth earned a BA from Dartmouth College and an MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Ruth was Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga from 2013-2016. Ruth recently relocated to Chico, CA, where she is Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the California State University, Chico.


Carlos Gallery
Nabit Art Building
105 Kennerly Road
University of the South
Sewanee, Tennessee
Gallery hours: Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 -5:00PM
Contact: Brock Gordon       336.339.3519


More of Ruths’s work can be seen at