RUTH TROTTER

1981        Claremont Graduate University, MFA, Painting

1979        Scripps College, BA, Art

1989-present    Professor of Art, The University of La Verne

                         Department Chair from 1989 - 2008

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017    Recent Paintings, Solo Exhibition, West Gallery, University of La Verne

2016/17 Small Works Exhibition, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2016    Frames of Reference, solo exhibition, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2016    See Gee You, group exhibition with Quinton Bemiller, Brian Thomas Jones, Joe Lloyd, Chris Trueman, and Ruth Trotter, curated by Jane Liu, EWP Gallery, Monterey Park, CA

2015    Visualizations in Art and Science, curated by Margaret Lazzari, South Bay Contemporary Foundation, San Pedro, CA

2014    Transforming Feminisms, curated by Peggy Sivert Zask, South Bay Contemporary Foundation, Palos Verdes, CA

2014    SELECT Art Fair, Zask Gallery, New York, NY

2013    Millennial Abstractions, curated by Patricia Lea Watts, The Marin Community Foundation

2012    Departures: Virginia Katz, Margaret Lazzari, Maggie Tenneson, and Ruth Trotter, Zask Gallery, Rolling Hills, CA

2012    Four Seasons of Flora and Spices, curated by Charity Burnett and Liz Gordon at the Loft at Liz’s, Los Angeles

2012    Covering Ground: Katherine Boland, Terri Brooks, Dawn Csutoros, Barbara Kerwin, Marion Lane and Ruth Trotter, Dark Horse Gallery, Melbourne, Australia (traveling)

2012    Ruth Trotter: Informal, Historic Gas Company Lofts, Los Angeles

2011    Covering Ground: Katherine Boland, Terri Brooks, Dawn Csutoros, Barbara Kerwin, Marion Lane and Ruth Trotter, curated by Dion Johnson, The Harris Art Gallery, The University of La Verne, La Verne, CA

2011    McHound 451, Gallery Neuartig at FLAGstop, with Daniel Habegger, Chad Brown, Jennifer Lynch and Catherine Borg, curated by Beate Kirmse, Torrance, CA

2011    Chain Letter, Shoshona Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2011    Caylus, solo show, Gallery Neuartig, San Pedro, CA, curated by Beate Kirmse

2011    Venice Family Clinic Silent Art Auction, Venice, CA

2011    Art Auction XIV, Long Beach Museum of Art

2011    Exchange, curated by Shiva Aliabadi, The Vortex, Los Angeles, CA

2011    Second Nature: Landscape Variations, Zask Gallery, Palos Verdes, CA

2010    ArtZone, Offramp Gallery, Pasadena, CA

2010    Preludes to Painting, solo exhibition at Project_210 Gallery, Pasadena, CA

2010    The 210 Show, Project_210 Gallery, Pasadena, CA

2007    LOCUS I: Art and Craft of Claremont and the Region, Claremont Museum of Art,Claremont, CA 

2007    PIXEL, curated by Dion Johnson, Harris Art Gallery, University of La Verne, CA

2007    Velocity Art Auction, Claremont Museum of Art

2005    Two Over Hung, Concrete Walls Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2004    Tremolo, Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OH

2004    Microclimate, Faculty Exhibition, University of La Verne

2004    Square Blue Benefit, Square Blue Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA

2003    Tinseltown, Domestic Setting, Culver City, CA

2003    Open Haus, Haus, Pasadena, CA    

2001    Knots, solo exhibition, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles

2001    Informants, Harris Art Gallery, University of La Verne, CA

1999    Spleen and Ideal, solo exhibition, Chuck, Los Angeles

1999    Carole Benzaken, Ann Page, and Ruth Trotter, Ellen Kim Murphy,Gallery, Santa Monica,CA

1998    Draped, solo exhibition, The Harris Art Gallery, University of La Verne, CA

1991    Faculty Exhibition, The University of La Verne, La Verne, CA

1990    Faculty Exhibition, The University of La Verne, La Verne, CA

1988    Alumni Exhibition, Scripps College, Claremont, CA

1987    Image/Ambiguity, curated by Patrick Ely, Transamerica Center Gallery, Los Angeles

1986    Contemporary Self-Portraits, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

1985    Paintings, solo exhibition, Jannetty, Los Angeles, CA

1984    Contemplations, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Rental Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1983    The Great Images and Issues Cover-Up Auction, Los Angeles, CA

1982    Three of Ours, Clark Humanities Museum, Scripps College, Claremont, CA

1982    CSPG 16, Brea Cultural Center, Brea, CA

1981    Ruth Trotter Paintings, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

1981    Claremont at Irvine, University of California, Irvine

REVIEWS AND PUBLICATIONS

Barbara Kerwin, “Drawing from the Inside Out: Projects for Beginning Through Advanced Drawing,” 2015, ATS Art Textbook Society, pp. 182-184

Leora Lutz, Millennial Abstractions, at The Marin Community Foundation, San Francisco Art Quarterly, sfaqonline.com, May 2013

Jeannie R. Lee, Departures, ArtScene, November, 2012

Betty A. Brown, Elegant Integuments: Perception, Patterns, and Seeing Anew in Covering Ground, Covering Ground exhibition at The Harris Art Gallery, University of La Verne, September 2011, catalog essay

John Farrell, Artist’s Landscapes Inspired by Time in France, Long Beach Press Telegram, June 2, 2011

Artweek.LA previews, Second Nature: Landscape Variations, January, 2011

Ashley Tibbits, Locus I: Art and Craft from Claremont and the Region, Artweek, October 2007

Bill Mayr, Works from Los Angeles Designed to Test Eye, Mind, Columbus Dispatch Weekender, October 21, 2004

Andres Zervigon, Microclimate, The Harris Gallery, University of La Verne, catalog essay, 2004

Gen Doy, “Drapery: Classicism and Barbarism in Visual Culture,” 2002, I.B. Tauris, New York

Virginia Rutledge, Ruth Trotter: Draped, Art Papers, July/August, 1998

Terry Jacquemain, Draped Unfolds as Art, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, March 1998

Patrick Ely, Image/Ambiguity, Transamerica Center Galleries, exhibition brochure, 1987

SELECTED CURATORIAL

The Harris Art Gallery, University of La Verne

2004    Sam Maloof: Woodworker and Furniture Maker

2003    WÜNDERGLOB*, Curtis Fairman            

2003     PLACE, Steven Criqui, John Divola, Pam Goldblum + Jeff Kaisershot, Karin Apollonia             Muller, Robert Olsen, John Pearson and Patrick Wilson

2003     Eric Zammitt: Particles and Waves

2002      BLEND, Alison Foshee, Robin Szidak and Melissa Thorne

2001     James Fuller: Mountains and Rocks

2000      Martin Betz, Ghost Town

2000     Jeanne Patterson, Eye of The Beloved

2000     Karl Benjamin: Vertical Chords

1996      Naysplatter, Jennifer Steinkamp and Grain

SELECTED WRITING

Blend, exhibition essay, Harris Art Gallery, The University of La Verne, 2002

Dorothea Tanning: Con-sequences on Paper, exhibition catalog, Sedona Museum of Art, Sedona, AZ, 1991

Donna Williams: Transform/Transpose/Metamorphose, exhibition catalog, Wignall Museum, Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, 1990

RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2012-2016  Vice President and Board Member of South Bay Contemporary Foundation, San Pedro, CA

2012    Panelist on Artist Panel for The Four Seasons of Flora and Spice, The Loft at Liz’s, Los Angeles, CA

2011    Review panelist for City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, public arts projects

2011    Juror for Redondo Beach Arts Group Juried show, Manhattan Beach Creative Arts Center

2011    Panelist with Hilary Baker, Greg Rose, Marie Thibeault, Devon Tsuno and Virginia Katz, moderated by Beate Kirmse, Investigating Landscape in Contemporary Art, Zask Gallery, Palos Verdes, CA

2010    Panelist with Merry Lynn McCorkle, Chuck Feesago and Quinton Bemiller for panel discussion on RUTH TROTTER: Preludes to Painting, Project_210, Pasadena, CA

2008/9    Chaired University of La Verne committee and worked with artist Phillip K. Smith III for the development of a public art program on campus funded by the Muriel Pollia Foundation.  First art work was installed in October of 2009.

2007    Artist’s lecture in conjunction with Locus I, Claremont Museum of Art, Claremont, CA

2005     Review panelist for the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, public arts projects

2005    Manuscript Review of “Drawing: A Contemporary Approach,” 6th edition, by Claudia Betti and Teel Sale, Wadsworth publishers

2004    Manuscript Review of “Drawing Structure and Vision,” by Drury and Stryker, 2nd edition, Prentice Hall, quoted in recent edition

2002    Guest speaker, Scripps College, Claremont, CA

2002    Program Review panelist for Department of Foundations, Otis College of Art and Design

1998    Guest speaker, Department of Graduate Art, Claremont Graduate University

1996    Advisor to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles for collaborations in higher education

1995    Moderator and coordinator for Art and Representation: Issues of Public Art in Urban Los Angeles, The University of La Verne

1991    Guest speaker for Dorothea Tanning: Con-sequences on Paper, Sedona Museum of Art

1988    Guest speaker, UCLA Extension, Los Angeles, CA

AWARDS/GRANTS

2011    Member of the University of La Verne Academy in recognition for leadership in publication, research, and creative activity

2010   Artist in Residence at DRAWinternational, Caylus, France

2010   Sabbatical, Independent Study on Modes of Representation in Painting    

2003   Faculty Summer Research Grant, The University of La Verne, La Verne, CA

2000   Faculty Research Grant in Art, The University of La Verne, La Verne, CA

1997/98   Faculty Diversity Grant, The James Irvine Foundation, Irvine, CA

1997    Sabbatical, independent study in Paris, France    

1981     Teaching Fellowship in Painting, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

1980    Millard Sheets Scholar in Art, Claremont Graduate University and Scripps College              

 

 

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