Ruth Trotter, Art
A Professor of Art at the University of La Verne in Southern California since 1989, Trotter received her B.A. from Scripps College and her M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University as a Millard Sheets Scholar in 1981.
Her paintings, prints, and drawings have been exhibited locally and nationally – most recently at Project_210 in Pasadena, California. She was a 2010 Artist in Residence at DRAWinternational, a contemporary art center in Caylus, France. While there she worked on her 2010 sabbatical project – a group of drawings and paintings exploring modes of representation rooted in psychology and the landscape.
As well as maintaining a studio practice and teaching courses in painting, drawing, and visual culture, Trotter has extensive curatorial experience and has served as a panelist and advisor to several arts organizations in the Los Angeles area. She has received several research grants for teaching, as well as for her studio work. Her current work explores her obsession with modernism, but is inspired by the intersection of art and psychology in early twentieth century modern art movements, particularly Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism.