Artist Profile

Profile of Bill Rutherfoord and his exhibit, Allegory of No Region, for the Taubman Museum of Art. Special thanks to Bill, Brian Sieveking, Amy Moorefield, and Eva Thornton. Video by Will Sellari. 


bill Rutherford

Descended from an old Virginia family, Rutherfoord was born in New York City in 1950. He spent his earliest years in Mt. Kisco, New York, before his family moved to Alexandria, Virginia. This was followed by a series of relocations as his father, an Episcopal clergyman (and former professional illustrator) presided over numerous parishes across the Southern United States. Rutherfoord earned a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Rutherfoord first exhibited in New York in 1984 and over the years has been included in gallery and traveling exhibitions alongside artists such as Rodney Allan Greenblat, Keiko Bonk, Raymond Pettibon, William Eggleston, and William Christenberry. His work is represented in numerous public and private collections throughout the country including the Taubman Museum of Art. Rutherfoord lives in Roanoke with his wife, the painter Beth Shively. 


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Education:  

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, MFA 1984
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, BFA 1977

 

Solo Exhibitions:

2017
Allegory of No Region
Polk Art Museum, Lakeland, FL (curated by Brian Sieveking and Amy Moorefield)

2016
Allegory of No Region
William King Museum, Abingdon, VA (curated by Brian Sieveking and Amy Moorefield)

2014
Allegory of No Region
Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA (curated by Brian Sieveking and Amy Moorefield)

 

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2017
Homeward Bound
Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA (juried by Bradley Sumrall)

2003
Thinking with Blood
Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA (curated by Craig Bunting, catalogue, traveled to Hite Gallery, Louisville, KY; Harriet Tubman African American Museum, Macon, GA; Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC; Dorsky Gallery, New York, NY)

1999
Spirit and Flesh
Art Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke, VA (curated by Mark Scala, catalogue essay by Eleanor Heartney)

1998
Transfiguration
Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, New York, NY (curated by Darcey Steinke)

1982
20 Sculptors
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA (curated by Julia Boyd)

1981
Virginia Painting and Sculpture 1981
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA (juried by Peter Plagens)

 

Bibliography:

2014
Sieveking, Brian.  Essay to “Allegory of No Region” traveling exhibition (with illustrations)
Allen, Mike.   “Artist Bill Rutherfoord more productive than ever” The Roanoke Times, June 29, 2014
Allen, Mike.  “Roanoke artist Bill Rutherfoord does things his way” Richmond Times-Dispatch, August 2, 2014

2003
Bunting, Craig.  Essay to “Thinking with Blood” traveling exhibition (with illustration)

1999
Heartney, Eleanor.  Essay to “Spirit and Flesh” Art Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke, VA (with illustration)

Steinke, Darcey.  “Divine Visions” The Oxford American, #25, January/February, p. 17 (with illustration)

 1984
Glueck, Grace.  “Dolls and Other Effigies” The New York Times, December 28, Reviews section

1981
Plagens, Peter.  “Virginia Painting and Sculpture 1981” Exhibitions essay, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA