Alison Ruttan

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Tangerine, 2001 C Print
Dean Sequence, from the series Four Year War at Gombe Found Silver Gelatin Print © Courtesy of the artist and Museum of Contemporary Photography
Mosul, April 2012 Ceramic Maquette Varies © Alison Ruttan
© Courtesy of the Artist and Chicago Cultural Center
Quick Facts

American, born 1954, lives Chicago

1992 MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1976 BFA, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Solo/two-person Exhibitions
2008 with Frans de Waal: Galerie Wit, The Netherlands
2006 with Laura Carton: Looking for Love in All the Right Places, Gallery TPW, Toronto
Curated by Andrew Harwood
2005 new video moniquemeloche, Chicago
flight or flight: Alison Ruttan & Julia Oldham, 3Arts Club, Chicago
2001 Chromophilia, moniquemeloche gallery, Chicago, IL
1997 Alison Ruttan and Mark Allen Jacobs, Beret International, Chicago, IL
1995 Alison Ruttan, Beret International Chicago, IL
1993 Alison Ruttan and Michael Merchant, Beret International, Chicago, IL
1987 Alison Ruttan and Laura Maley, L’Ambiente, New York, NY
1984 Alison Ruttan and Joe Aiken, Thomas Barry Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
1980 Alison Ruttan and Fran Latanzio, Balkin Gallery, Chicago, IL

Selected Group Exhibitions
Ah, Decadence curated by Lisa Wainright, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL
Paper Love, devening projects + editions, Chicago
Sexy Time: A Group Effort, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY

Bilingual, Glass Curtain Gallery at Columbia College, opens in Oct 29
Fast Forward: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the 21st Century, Rockford Art Center,
Rockford IL, curated by Lisa Wainwright and James Yood opens Oct 19
For Better Or For Worse. Rena Sternberg Gallery, Glencoe, IL
Take Over!, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, Illinois
Forming Motion: Myth and Magic, Directors Lounge, Berlin, Germany
Sublime, Soft-core Monkey Butts and Scarlett Johansson on Skull Island at moniquemeloche
Forming Motion: Animated Artistic Experiments, The Directors Lounge, Berlin, Germany
curated by Kim Collmer, Feb. 12 &13
Bits and Pieces, UCR/California Museum of Contemporary Photography, Riverside, CA
Summer Show, Judith Racht Gallery, curated by Rodney Carswell
Arco 03 Madrid, Up and Coming, curated by Victor Zamudio-Taylor, Madrid
Really Real Gallery 312, Chicago
I need something for over my sofa, Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago
Luscious Too, Zolla Leiberman, Chicago, Il journal 3, "Nancy"
Inheriting Matisse, Rocket Gallery, London curated by Michelle Grabner
Digitalis, Sonnenschein Gallery, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL
Moscow International, Novaya Collecksiya, Moscow, USSR
Bay Area Connections, San Francisco International Airport, Virgin Atlantic, Terminal,
San Francisco, CA
Because Sex Sells, Nikolai Fine Art, New York, NY
mixer, moniquemeloche gallery, Chicago, IL
Homewrecker, moniquemeloche gallery, Chicago, IL
Aural Sex, Catherine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Out of Line, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
Peep Show, The Living Room, San Francisco, CA
The Last Show, Beret International, Chicago, IL
The Millennium Fusion Project, ARC Gallery- Raw Space, Chicago, IL
Look What Society Made Me Do, Red Chair Gallery, Kansas City, MO
Chicago Artists 1999, Gallery 312, Chicago, IL
Otherville, Illinois State Gallery, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
Substance a Corporeal Examination, NIU Art Museum, Chicago, IL
Uncomfortable, TZ' ART, New York, NY
Flesh, Thomas Barry Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Out of the Shadow of Ivan Albright, State of Illinois Gallery, Chicago, IL
Distractions, TBA Space, Chicago, IL
Group Show, Beret International, Chicago, IL
Tag, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
Don Baum Says There are Famous Artists in Chicago, Hyde Park Art Center, IL
Visual Feasting, Highland Park Art Center, Highland Park, IL
Dealers Choice-25 Chicago Artists, Northern Indiana Arts Association, Munster
1995 The Uncomfortable Show, Tough Gallery, Chicago, IL
The Gramercy Show, New York, NY
The Uncomfortable Show, Ten on One, Chicago, IL
The Worst Show, Beret International, Chicago, IL
Car Radios and Other Great Stuff Stolen From Past Art Expo’s, Beret
International, Chicago, IL
The Return of the Exquisite Corpse, The Drawing Center, New York, NY
A Matter of Delicacy, SAIC Gallery 2, Chicago, IL
M.F.A. Thesis Show, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Five Artists, Gallery Two, Chicago, IL
Selections, Drawing Center, New York, NY
Four Painters, SoHo Center for the Arts, New York, NY
Back From NewYork, Thomas Barry Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
Personal Hygiene, Pan Arts, Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Artists, Minor Injury, Brooklyn, NY
Not a Pretty Picture, Foster Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, WI
Eye Ball Work, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN

Selected Bibliography
Michael Workman, Eye Exam, New City, (2006-02-14)
Bad at Sports Pod cast , Interview, Episode 28, (2006-02-12)
Snodgrass, Susan. “Review: Alison Ruttan” Art in America September 2005
Skolnik, Lisa. “The Mies-ing Thing” Metropolitan Home April 2005
Artner, Alan. “Alison Ruttan’s Mixed Bag of Visual Art Tricks” Chicago Tribune March 4, p.22 Section C7
Camper, Fred. “Body Work” Chicago Reader February 25
Hawkins, Margaret. Gallery Reviews Chicago Sun-Times February 18
Workman, Michael. “Heart Shaped Limbo” Newcity February 10
Workman, Michael. "Eye Exam/Art Speak/Boob Tubes" Newcity January 18
“Art and Pornography, NYARTS,
Up and Coming, curated by Victor Taylor Zamudio, Arco 03, Volumne 2
Rubira, Sergio. "Arte Futuribles ARCO" EXIT Express ARCO 2003 pp. 16-17
Marin-Medina, Jose. "Arte Futuribles ARCO" El Cultural February 13, pp. 34-36
Harwood, Andrew. "Art Chicago 2003" C International Contemporary Art Summer
Issue 78, p. 48.
Speh, Scott. Magazine Reviews “Sex in Chicago” October 3
Artner, Alan. "Luscious Too" Chicago Tribune August 30 Section C7
Hawkins, Margaret "The real thing': sex becomes art and it's luscious, too" Chicago Sun-Times August 18
Wiens, Ann, "It's De-Lovely, It's De-Luscious" Chicago Magazine August version 3.0,"Peeps: Nancy", online journal/quicktime presentation Snodgrass, Susan, Art in America, Review “Chromophilia”, March p.
Carter, Jeff, Flash Art, Review “Chromophilia”, Mar/Apr
Hawkins, Margaret, Chicago Sun-Times, “Porn-again Creations”, December 14
Robinson, Walter, magazine review, “Miami Sun”, December 19
CS: Chicago Social, “In Bloom”, May
Strang, Susan, New Art Examiner, “Cover & Interview: Alison Ruttan”, Dec/Jan
Lieberman, Claire, Sculpture, “That Food Thing You Do”, December
Helfand, Glen, San Francisco Bay Guardian, “Aural Sex”, September 6
Koppman, Deborah, Artweek,” Peep Show”, April
Roche, Harry, San Francisco City Search, “Peep show”, March
Graham, Bob, San Francisco Chronicle, “Sneak Peek”, April 8
Walz, Carla, Pitch Weekly, “See What Society Made Me Do”, Aug 12-18
Hackman, Kate, Review, “See What Society Made Me Do”, September
Gulf Coast, March 1999
Bulka, Michael, New Art Examiner, “The Last Five Minutes of Art History in Chicago: There's Something Funny Going On”, October
Erickson, Karl, New Art Examiner, “Alison Ruttan, Marc Allen Jacobson”, Dec
Snodgrass, Susan “Chicago in Review”, C Magazine November 1997
Rooks, Michael, New Art Examiner,” Out of the Shadow of Ivan Albright”, July
Saltz, Jerry, Time Out New York, “Uncomfortable”, July 31-Aug 7
Ramic, Kendra, St. Paul Pioneer Press, “In the Flesh!”, July, 16
Artner, Alan, Chicago-Tribune, May
Catalogue, Distractions, TBA Exhibition Space, essay by Ed Moldanado,
Tina Wasserman and Nadine Wasserman
Glatt, Cara, Hyde Park Herald, “Artist Play Around at Hyde Park Gallery”, April 24
New Art Examiner, Michael Bulka, October
Snodgrass, Susan. C Magazine July
Artner, Alan. Chicago Tribune
Mason, Nathan. Sub-Nation
McCracken, David. Chicago Tribune
Chicago Reader, IL
Art Papers, NY
East Village Eye, NY
Minneapolis Star and Tribune, by Mary Abbey, MN
Twin Cities Reader, MN

Teaching Experience
2001-present University of Chicago, IL
1993-2001 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
1994 Columbia College, Chicago, IL
1992-1993 Marwen Foundation, Chicago, IL
1980-1982 Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN

Visiting Artist and Lecturer
2008 Lecture, Art Based Research Methodologies Symposium, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
De Paul University, Chicago, Illinois, Art Department
2005 University Of Missouri , Kansas City, Art Department
2003 Franke Institute at University of Chicago, IL
2000 Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, Visiting Artist, Graduate Program
1999 University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Visiting Artist, Graduate program
1998 Northern Illinois University, Painting Department, Graduate Critiques
The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Guest Artist, Graduate Critiques
1997 Presentation to "The Print and Drawing Club" of The Art Institute of Chicago.
University of Illinois, Chicago, Painting Department, Critiques
Presentation to Indianapolis Museum of Art, Collectors Group
1996 School of the Art Institute, FYP Program
1995 University of Chicago, Guest Lecturer, Graduate Program.
Art Institute of Chicago, General Membership, Tour of Exhibit and Lecture

Grants, Fellowships, and Awards
2005 Artist Residency, Wild Animal Park, Escondido, California
2004 Wexner Center For the Arts, Art & Technology Residency, Ohio State University
2002 Illinois Arts Council, Visual Arts Award
2000 Faculty Enrichment Grant, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1997 Faculty Enrichment Grant, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1996 Illinois Arts Council, Visual Arts Award
1993 Illinois Arts Council, Visual Artist Award
1981 Jerome Foundation, Artist Fellowship
1979 Minnesota State Arts Board

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