Emily Rutland: A Regionalist Legacy Rediscovered

Lone Star Regionalism is still alive and kicking … well beyond Dallas. From March 16—April 7, 2018, Reaves | Foltz Fine Art hosts a trio of South Texas Art Exhibitionsfeaturing: Fidencio Duran: An American Family HistoryMaurice Schmidt: A Life in Art; and Emily Rutland: A Regionalist Legacy Rediscovered. This dynamic exhibition features the Mexican American narratives of Austin painter and muralist, Fidencio Duran, as well complimentary displays reinforcing the important legacy of South Texas Regionalism, introducing the overlooked treasures of reigning Kingsville maestro, Maurice Schmidt, coupled with estate works by the legendary painter and printmaker Emily Rutland (1890–1983).

In recent years, scholarship on Texas Regionalism (or “Lone Star Regionalism”) has largely centered around the artists associated with the legendary Dallas Nine, leaving out assessment of other Texas Regionalists working outside this urban center.  One artist long overlooked is South Texas based painter and printmaker Emily Rutland (1890–1983) whose work developed alongside the trajectory of Texas Regionalism and into Modernism at mid-century. Having an opportunity to showcase selected works from the artist’s estate in addition to several private collections, Reaves | Foltz Fine Art is proud to present the first reassessment of this incredible artist through a closer look at her career and artwork in this presentation of paintings and prints dating from the 1930s through the 1960s.

Rutland was a founding member of the South Texas Art League and taught watercolor to many area artists.  She worked in a variety of media including watercolors, charcoal, pastel sketches, pen and ink, lithographs, prints and portfolios. As a painter and printmaker, Rutland is best known for her depictions of farm animals which were often dark and moody landscape paintings.   Rutland painted occasionally in Mexico and Colorado, but specialized in works depicting genre scenes (particularly mules and horses) on her farm near Robstown in Nueces County. Throughout her career, Rutland widely exhibited, including:  Highland Park Exhibit of Dallas, Issac Delgado Museum of Art, New Orleans (1935 and 1937 one-woman); Texas Centennial Exhibition, Dallas (1936); Texas Fine Arts Association Annual Exhibition (1944-46, 1947 prize) and many more.   Rutland’s artwork can be found in the permanent collections of: the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX; San Antonio Art League Museum, San Antonio, TX; Witte Memorial Museum, San Antonio, TX; Texas Fine Arts Association, Austin, TX; The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX; U.S. Information Service, Washington, D.C.; Texas A&M University—Kingsville, TX; and many more.


Exhibition Dates and Special Events at Reaves | Foltz 

On view March 16—April 7, 2018?

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 17th, 6-8:30pm


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