40 Under 40: Young Artist National Showcase | Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

40 Under 40: Young Artist National Showcase

Chaney Gallery, 2nd floor


40 Under 40:  Young Artist National Showcase

Celebrating 40 years of arts experiences and education at Maryland Hall, we are dedicating an exhibit to showcase 40 talented artists, 40 years of age or under, from around the country. In honor of our 40 historic years, we celebrate the next 40 with these young, talented artists! In collaboration with Maryland Federation of Art, a call for artists went out nationwide in Fall 2019. The work was juried by José Ruiz. 

Juror: José​ Ruiz

Director of the Curatorial Practice MFA program at MICA, Ruiz received an MFA in new genres from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BA in painting and Latin American studies from the University of Maryland. His projects have been exhibited in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and internationally in countries including Egypt, Ireland, Mexico, Japan, Slovakia, Germany, Hungary, South Africa, South Korea, and the Netherlands. Ruiz has recently curated exhibitions for the Queens Museum, Bronx Museum of the Arts, El Museo de Arte de El Salvador and the Incheon Biennial. His practice has been the subject of various publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, ARTnews, Arte Al Día, Artnet, and The Washington Post. Ruiz is the founder of FURTHERMORE, a post-studio research, design and production company in DC and New York. He is also the co-founder, co-director, and co-curator of Present Company-a Brooklyn-based gallery and curatorial collective.


(Left) “Soaked” by Megan Burak  (Right) “I Am Enough” by Shannon West