The arts are encroaching one upon another, and from a proper use of this encroachment will rise the art that is truly monumental. 

Wassily Kandinsky



     CURRENT EXHIBITION - Curatorial Fellow Kimberly McKinnis presents Slouching Toward Sunshine, an exhibition of politically-minded art


READ MORE in the press about The Rutter Family Art Foundation, the creative community of contemporary art and great ideas.

curatorial fellowships

CALL TO ARTISTS Emerging curators and artists are invited to apply for the Curatorial Fellowship each year through the the Rutter Family Art Foundation.

arts district

THE NEON DISTRICT hopes to harness the new energy of Norfolk's first arts district by providing local and touring artists and musicians a place to burn bright. 

texaco bldg

THE TEXACO BLDG IS THE FOUNDATION of our foundation, a place where we could share our collection and our passion with others in the community. Built in 1917...


THE RUTTER FAMILY ART FOUNDATION headed by Brother and Meredith Rutter has found a new home and an anchor for the resurgence of contemporary art in Norfolk's new arts district.

Support The New Face of Contemporary Art in Norfolk

The Rutter Family Art Foundation exists to support nonprofit arts organizations in Hampton Roads and to bring contemporary art to the widest possible audience.  The Foundation operates from the historic Texaco Building on Granby Street in the heart of Norfolk's NEON Arts District. Along with gallery space, apartments for visiting artists and curatorial fellows, the building also has a first floor art exhibition venue called Work | Release which serves as a gathering place and gallery space for exciting exhibitions of contemporary art. Larger exhibitions open every one to two months with programming often complimenting the shows. Group and solo shows, lectures, performance art, artist workshops, curatorial fellowships and juried, invitational and open exhibitions take place in this space throughout the year and are funded by the Foundation. 

The Rutter Family Art Foundation is committed to providing the vehicle for this level of programming. We need your help in advancing the conversation with the art community here in Hampton Roads and beyond. Thank you for learning more about what we do and considering a donation of support.

  Benzine Blue,   Kelsey Brookes   Acrylic on canvas   2014

Benzine Blue, Kelsey Brookes Acrylic on canvas 2014

 Andevorante, Thomas Downing, oil on canvas 1972

Andevorante, Thomas Downing, oil on canvas 1972

 Crowd #10 (Imperial Theatre), Alex Prager, archival pigment print 2013

Crowd #10 (Imperial Theatre), Alex Prager, archival pigment print 2013