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Mariner, 2016 Acrylic And Oil On Linen 24" X 30" © Ruth Trotter
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Cross Purposes, 2016 Oil And Acrylic On Linen 24” X 36” © Courtesy of the Artist and Ruth Bachofner Gallery
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Machine, 2016 Acrylic And Oil On Linen 24" X 30" © Ruth Trotter
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Distance and Displacement, 2016 Acrylic And Oil On Linen 24" X 30" © Ruth Trotter
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Temple, 2016 Acrylic And Oil On Linen 24" X 30" © Ruth Trotter
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Schema, 2016 Acrylic And Oil On Linen 24" X 30" © Ruth Trotter
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The Visitor, 2016 Acrylic And Oil On Linen 24" X 30" © Ruth Trotter
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Quercy, 2011 Acrylic And Oil On Linen 48"X40"
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Noon, 2010 Acrylic And Oil On Panel 12"X9"
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Bruges, 2012 Acrylic And Oil On Linen 24" X 30" © Ruth Trotter
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Marseille, 2012 Acrylic And Oil On Linen 40" X 48" © Ruth Trotter
Quick Facts
Works in
Los Angeles
Statement

RUTH TROTTER

My work addresses the materiality of painting in an effort to explore its psychological and conceptual properties. I consider the paintings narrative abstractions that represent versions of things that may be known or unknown, visible or invisible. The paintings are constructed with an emphasis on physicality, color, and space.  I enjoy the visual tensions and harmonies that can occur from a painting’s formal elements, yet this is only one aspect of the work. Through the physical process of building and re-building the surface, adding and removing marks, strokes, and layers, the paintings embody the idea that true perception requires both cognition and intuition in flux-- as does the creative process.  For me, this presents a complex and subjective dynamic that is continually played out between the art and the viewer.

EDUCATION

1981 Claremont Graduate University, MFA, Painting 1979 Scripps College, BA, Art

TEACHING

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 (April/May)

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 Group Mosaic, 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, curated by Virginia Rutledge, 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

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

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 Installed as a 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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