Sarah Matthews is a 2016 MA Art & the Book graduate from the Corcoran College of Arts and Design at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  Mrs. Matthews also received an MBA with a Marketing Concentration in 2005 and a BS in Sociology in 2000 from Bowie State University in Bowie, MD. Mrs. Matthews’ work has been exhibited in the US and is a part of the permanent collections of Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, George Washington University’s Gelman Library, University of Puget Sound, and Samford University. Mary Ruth's Press is named after her paternal grandmother, Mary Ruth Bowens, who was an elder, singer, and poet. Her life's work is truly an inspiration to her granddaughter.  Mrs. Matthews currently teaches printmaking and bookbinding as an Adjunct Faculty at Anne Arundel Community College and Howard Community College and as an Art Instructor at the Columbia Art Center and The Root Studio in Maryland.


The Letterpress Guild of New England 30th Anniversary Poster & Broadside Exhibition, Watertown, MA, September 2012

Collaborative Artists’ Book (8 artists & 8 poets), Open Studio DC, Washington, D.C., May 2013 

White Walls Gallery, Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, D.C., September 2013

Connections Student Exhibit, Print & Book Forum, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., December 2013

A Commemoration of the Civil Rights Movement: 1964-1968, Arts Center/Gallery, Delaware State University, Dover, DE, September 2014

Paper Window, Luther W. Brady Gallery, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., February 2015

Woven Words: Poetry, Art, & The Book, Luther W. Brady Gallery, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., April 2015

Hello Hedi!, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR, June 2015

FOREVER: The Corcoran 30th Annual Print Portfolio, Corcoran School of Arts & Design, Washington, D.C., August 2015

Pressing Concerns: Contemporary Issues Expressed in Print and Folio Format, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Rockville, MD, November 2015 

Tyler Gallery. Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, George Washington University, November 2015 

Gallery 1 Show, A+B Annual Program Exhibition, George Washington University, March 2016 

NEXT Show, Corcoran School of Arts and Design, George Washington University, April 2016

BIG INK Exhibit, 3S Artspace, Portsmouth, NH, June 2017

Singular Sensations, Columbia Art Center, Columbia, MD, December 2017

Student/Faculty Exhibition, Columbia Art Center, Columbia, MD, May 2018

Singular Sensations, Singular Sensations, Columbia, MD, December 2018

10 x 10 Exhibition, Pyramid Atlantic, Hyattsville, MD, December 2018

Featured 2D Artist, Columbia Art Center, Columbia, MD January 2019


An Exquisite Future

Art Institute of Chicago, Flaxman Library, Artist Book Collection

CSU East Bay, University Library, Special Collections

Emory University, Woodruff Library, Special Collections 

Miami University, King Library, Special Collections 

Savannah College of Art & Design, Jen Library, Special Collections  

Scripps College, Denison Library, Special Collections 

Stanford University, Green Library, American History Collection

Temple University, Paley Library, Special Collections 

University of California Davis, Shields Library, Special Collections

UCLA, Arts Library, Special Collections

University of Colorado Boulder, Norlin Library, Special Collections 

University of Connecticut, Dodd Research Center, Special Collections

University of Iowa, Library, Special Collections

University of Louisville, Bridwell Art Library, Artist Book Collection

University of Puget Sound, Collins Library, Special Collections  

University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections

Vanderbilt University, Heard Library, Special Collections



Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Gelman Library, Special Collections George, Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Samford University, Special Collections, Birmingham, AL


An American Dream

University of Puget Sound, Kittredge Gallery, Tacoma, WA


Sarah’s Mud Cloth

Big Ink, Collections, Florence, MA


Wallpaper Book

Personal Collection



2018 to present - Member, Frederick Book Arts Center

2016 to present - Member, College Book Art Association

2012 to 2016 - Member, Marginalia Press