For decades, the building housed the multi-state sales office for the Texas Oil Company, commonly known as Texaco

 

 

We wanted to pass along our love of contemporary art and what it does for us personally and emotionally to others in the community. There aren’t a lot of outlets, at least in this area for exposure to contemporary art outside of the wonderful Chrysler Museum or MOCA. So we’ve wanted to develop a foundation and have a place where we could share not just our collection and our passion but some of what we’ve learned and some of what we see, with others in the community. 

The interior of the building had been stripped to the bare brick walls and not a pipe or a wire remained in the infrastructure. But with 15,000 feet of raw, industrial space, Brother and Meredith saw a home for their vision for the Rutter Family Art Foundation.

“The Texaco Building,” located at the corner of Granby Street and Olney Road, was built in 1917.

 

Brother and Meredith Rutter
Partners, RUTTER FAMILY ART FOUNDATION


Meredith Miller Rutter is a native of Asheville, NC and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1988 with a B.A. in Economics. She moved to New York shortly after graduation where she started her career and cemented her love of contemporary art. Meredith’s work at the time was at Sotheby’s and her evenings and weekends were spent with friends and her soon-to-be husband, C. Arthur “Brother” Rutter III exploring galleries and artists’ work in the midst of a vibrant art scene in Manhattan. After moving to Richmond for a brief time, Meredith and Brother settled in his hometown of Virginia Beach where they raise their two sons, Carter and Austin. A long-time collector of contemporary art, Meredith is very much involved with the arts throughout the Hampton Roads community. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Board at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, she also serves on the Masterpiece Steering Committee for the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk and the Board of Directors for the Norfolk Society of Arts. Meredith and Brother sit on the Contemporary Art Collectors Committee for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. 

Brother Rutter is a graduate of Harvard University and University of Richmond’s T.C. Williams Law School, where he graduated first in his class. As a managing partner at the Rutter Mills law firm in Norfolk, Virginia, Brother is a high-level litigator with decades of legal experience.  Avocationally, he is extremely active in philanthropic and non-profit organizations, especially those benefitting education and the arts. Brother is a Trustee for the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk and is head of their Exhibitions Committee. He also sits on the Contemporary Art Exhibitions Committee for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC with his wife Meredith. Together they founded The Rutter Family Art Foundation in Norfolk to foster their mission of bringing contemporary art to the widest possible audience in this community. They are avid contemporary art collectors with pieces from their private collection on loan at museums around the country. Some pieces of their collection are on loan at the Rutter Family Art Foundation offices on the third floor of the refurbished Texaco Building.


Rutters and Fraim honored by Downtown Norfolk Council  Inside Business, June 15, 2016 Read Article Here

Epicenter of the Arts District: Attorney, philanthropist and collector Brother Rutter talks art.  Veer Magazine, November 2015 Read Article Here 

Seeing Stars  Distinction Magazine, May 2015  Read Article Here 

New spot offers bold statement to city's arts district  The Virginian Pilot, April 3, 2015  Read Article Here 

The mystery of what the Texaco Building will be, revealed: WORK|RELEASE  Alt Daily, December 2014 Read Article Here 

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