Sculptor Jeffrey Rutledge began his formal training in Art at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA degree in 1975. He earned his MFA in Sculpture from the University of Cincinnati in 1986, and gained additional training at the Oxbow School of Art in Saugatuck, Michigan, and the Hobart Welding School of Troy, Ohio. Jeff’s first major show was at the Dayton Art Institute in 1983 as part of a show entitled, “Manipulated Planes.” A solo show followed in 1984 at the Gruen Gallery, of Chicago, as well as 3 years participation in the Chicago International Art Exposition, at the Navy Pier. In 2007, he exhibited a large sculpture in the “Biennale of International Contemporary Art” in Florence, Italy. His work has been represented in galleries throughout the country beginning in the early 1980s. These include galleries in California, Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, Austin, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, and Santa Fe. Says Rutledge, “I enjoy working in steel because of its plasticity and its enduring nature. I consider my sculptures to be 3-dimensional poems, visual meditations.” Rutledge considers his primary influences to be Brancusi, Calder, Naguchi, and David Smith. In addition to the steel sculptures for which he is best known, Jeff is also accomplished in print-making, painting, and stone carving. Jeff’s art is highly favored by architects, interior designers, and planners who seek to discover an unusual or inspiring piece of art which enhances and completes a contemporary space. This Dayton Original’s art is well represented in both corporate and private collections.