MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

BFA, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI


Solo/two-person Exhibitions


�Alison Ruttan, �If All you have is a hammer everything looks like a nail�, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL


â��Alison Ruttanâ��, Terrain,  Oak Park, Il


� Nowhere Better�, work by Ian Muirhead and Alison Ruttan, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL


�Alison Ruttan, �A Bad Idea Seems Good Again�, Adds Donna, Chicago, IL,


 â��Family of Man: Frans de Waal and Alison Ruttan, Galleryâ�� Wit, Wageningen, Netherlands


 â��Laura Carton and Alison Ruttan: Looking for Love in All the Right Placesâ��, Gallery TPW, Toronto, curated by Andrew Harwood


�New Video� Monique Meloche, Chicago, IL

�Flight or Flight: Alison Ruttan & Julia Oldham�, 3Arts Club, Chicago. IL


 â��Chromophiliaâ�� Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, IL


 Alison Ruttan and Mark Allen Jacobs, Beret International, Chicago, IL


Alison Ruttan, Beret International, Chicago, IL


Selected Group Exhibitions


�State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now�, Frist Museum, 919

  Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee, 37203

   "E Pluribus", at Silent Funny, Chicago, Illinois Curated by Barbara Koenen,

   â��EPluribusâ�� at Kent State University Gallery, Kent, Ohio

   â��TBAâ��, Ukrainian Institute of Art, Chicago, Illinois


 â��Intersectionalityâ��, Oâ��Conner Art Gallery, Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois

  â��State of the Art: Discovering American Art Nowâ��, Minneapolis Institute of Art

   "E Pluribus", at Unum, Chicago, Illinois Curated by Barbara Koenen,

   â��Intersectionalityâ��, Oâ��Conner Gallery, Dominican University, River Forest, IL 

   â��I Donâ��tâ��, Slow Gallery, Chicago, IL


  â��Biennialâ��, Elmhurst Museum, Elmhurst, Il


â��State of the Art-Discovering American Artâ��, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Arts,  Bentonville, Arkansas

�Scape�, Group Show The Franklin, Chicago IL


�Still Life/RealLife: Food and Art�, Sonnenschein Gallery, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL


�B.A.D.�, Beverly Arts Center, Chicago, IL.


�On Origins�, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois, (29 photographs were featured)


�Soft Science: The Human Animal�, curated by Rachel Mayeri, a DVD compilation of artists.

�Bad at Sports�, Apex Art, New York City. New York

�Fantastic Landscape�, 310 conTEMPORARY Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

�Midwest Portfolio Project�, Musuem of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois


�Antimatter Film Festival�, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

�Because the Night�, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Orange, California

â��Intelligent Design: Interspecies Artâ��, Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California,  Riverside, Riverside, California

"Amplifying the Twilight", Ampersand International Arts, San Francisco, California

�Signs of the Apocalypse /Rapture�, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, Illinois


â��Ahhâ�¦ Decadenceâ��,  Sullivan Galleries, The School of the Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois

â��Winter Experimentâ��,  Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, IL

â��Goffo at Nextâ��,  Imperfect Articles, Chicago, IL

�Sexy Time� , A Group Effort, Morgan Lehman Gallery. NYC, NY


�Bi-lingual�, Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois

�Fast Forward�, Rockford Art Museum,Rockford, Illinois

�The World is Flat�, Life Bomb Gallery, Berlin, Germany


 â��Take Overâ��, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, Illinois

�Forming Motion: Myth and Magic�, Directors Lounge, Berlin, Germany

â��Sublime, Soft-core,Monkey Butts and Scarlett Johansson on Skull Islandâ��  Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago. IL


 â��Bits and Piecesâ��, UCR/California Museum of Contemporary Photography, Riverside, CA

 â��Summer Showâ�� Judith Racht Gallery, curated by Rodney Carswell


 â��Up and Comingâ�� curated by Victor Zamudio-Taylor, Arco 03, Madrid

 â��Really Realâ��, Gallery 312, Chicago

�I Need Something for Over My Sofa�: Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago


 â��Luscious Tooâ��, Zolla Leiberman, Chicago, Il

 â��journal 3â��", curator Paul Laster,  â��Nancy"

 â��Inheriting Matisseâ�� , Rocket Gallery, London curated by Michelle Grabner

 â��Digitalisâ��,  Sonnenschein Gallery, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL

 Moscow International: Novaya Collecksiya, Moscow, USSR


 â��Bay Area Connectionsâ�� San Francisco International Airport, Virgin Atlantic, Terminal,

   San Francisco, CA

 â��Because Sex Sellsâ�� Nikolai Fine Art, New York, NY

 â��Mixerâ�� Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, IL


 â��Homewreckerâ�� Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, IL

 â��Aural Sexâ��,  Catherine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 â��Out of Lineâ�� , Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

 â��Peep Showâ�� The Living Room, San Francisco, CA

 â��The Last Showâ��,  Beret International, Chicago, IL

 â��The Millennium Fusion Projectâ��, ARC Gallery- Raw Space, Chicago, IL


 â��Look What Society Made Me Doâ��,  Red Chair Gallery, Kansas City, MO

 Chicago Artists 1999: Gallery 312, Chicago, IL

 â��Othervilleâ��,  Illinois State Gallery, Illinois State University, Normal, IL


 â��Substance a Corporeal Examinationâ��,  NIU Art Museum, Chicago, IL


� Uncomfortable�. TZ' ART, New York, NY

 â��Fleshâ��,  Thomas Barry Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN

 â��Out of the Shadow of Ivan Albrightâ��, State of Illinois Gallery, Chicago, IL

 â��Distractionsâ��, TBA Space, Chicago, IL

 â��Group Showâ��, Beret International, Chicago, IL


 â��Tagâ��. Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

 â��Don Baum Says There are Famous Artists in Chicagoâ��, Hyde Park Art Center, IL

 â��Visual Feastingâ��, Highland Park Art Center, Highland Park, IL

 â��Dealers Choice-25 Chicago Artistsâ��, Northern Indiana Arts Association, Munster


Selected Bibliography


�All Together Now�, Lori Waxman, Chicago Tribune, 2/14/16

�MIA�S new State of the Art show highlights the latest in �American Atyby Pamela Espleland, MINNPost, 2/19/16

�Ten Reasons to get exited about the winter art season� by Laurie Waxman, The Chicago Tribune, 2/2/16



�Artist Profile: Alison Ruttan�, by Lisa Wainwright, Art LTD, May/June issue

�Stories�. Three Artist Profiles. By Dan Andries for Chicago Tonight. WTTW PBS. Jan.26.

�Portrait of the Artist� Maria Girgenti, New Art City 3/9/2015

�10 Reason to get exited about the coming art Season� by Laurie Waxman, Chicago Tribune , 1/2/2015

�As Violent as Chimps� by Robin Dluzen, ArtFCity, 3/19/2015

Top 5 Weekend Picks: Bad at Sports, 1/23/15

Alison Ruttan: Where is the Humanity� by Sarah Wheat, F Magazine, SAIC. May 2015

Alison Ruttan,�A Bad Idea Seems Good Again�, BonnyDOJO



�Westward Homes�, Art in America, , by Michelle Grabner, 01/15

Alison Ruttan creates Destruction. Produced by Dan Andreas and Travis Cornejo, Chicago Tonight. WTTW, PBS Television. Nov. 6, 2014

News: Two Chicago Artists Confirmed  for Crystal Bridges Survey, Art New City, 8/8/15.



�After the Dust Settles�, Park, Visual Arts. By Spencer McAvoy

�Ian Muirhead, Alison Ruttan, Nowhere Better�, by Abraham Richie, Art Slant


�Beautiful Bombsites: Alison Ruttan at Adds Donna� by Kelly Reeves, Gapers Block, 04/22/12

�Review: Alison Ruttan/adds Donna� by Pat Elifritz, New City, 04/24/12

�Alison Ruttan, Natural Disaster� Triple Canopy Online Magazine

 â��Art 21: Centerfield, Fielding Practice # 15â��, 06/11/12

�Alison Ruttan. Natural Disaster� Critic�s Pick, Time out Chicago,

â��Paul Klein News Letterâ��,  4/13/12

 â��Alison Ruttan, Man Made Disastersâ��, Junk Culture, 06/11/12


�Through Primates. The evolutionary origins of war�, Interview by Robin Amer, Art/Work-WBEZ, Chicago

�Our Origins�, by Abraham Richie, Art Slant

â��Review: Our Origins/Museum of Contemporary Photographyâ��, by Mathew Weinstein, New          City, 8/30/11

�Light to See the Beginning� by Luke Strosnider, Afterimage, 11/2/11

â��In the beginning there was nothing. The Eloquent silence of â��our Originsâ�� by Tony  Adler,           Chicago Reader, 9/1/11

�Our Origins� at the Museum of Contemporary Photography�, by Lauren Weinberg, Time Out Chicago, 8/17/11

�Beguilingly Incomplete: Our Origins at the Museum of Contemporary Photography� by Marta Sturgeon, Daily Serving, 8/3/11


�Alison Ruttan�s �The Four Year War at Gombe�, by Claudine Ise

 â��Intelligent Design:Interspecies Artâ�� by Neha Choksi, X-TRA, Volume 12, Number 1

â��The Science of Kissing Galleryâ�� By Sheril Kirshenbaum, Science. Art. Primates, Discover Magazine blog