Sculptor Jeffrey Rutledge began his formal training at Wright State, where he graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in sculpture in 1975. He earned his MFA in sculpture from the University of Cincinnati in 1986 and sought additional training at the Oxbow School of Art in Saugatuck, Michigan and the Hobart Welding School of Troy, Ohio.
Jeff founded a greeting card company, worked as a videographer, graphic artist, photographer, public relations specialist, and held various teaching positions. In San Francisco, he did fabrication for renowned sculptor Fletcher Benton. In 1991, he opened a gallery and studio in Dayton, which he recently closed to spend more time on his sculpture. Jeff's first major show was at the Dayton Art Institute in 1983 as part of a group, Manipulated Planes. A solo show followed in 1984 at the Gruen Gallery of Chicago as well as participation in the Chicago International Art Exposition at the Navy Pier and an invitational show at Kent State University's Gallery. Recently, Jeff has had an extensive exhibition of his outdoor sculpture at Centerville Landscaping and was invited to show his sculpture Spirole at the prestigious Biennale of International Contemporary Art in Florence, Italy. He shipped the 300-pound stainless steel work and was able to spend time in Florence during the exhibition.
Jeff's work, which is also in many private collections, may be seen in the corporate collections of the Governor of Ohio; the Estate of Helene Curtis, Chicago, IL; the Hobart Welding Company of Troy, Ohio; the National Cash Register Co. of Dayton; and the City of Dayton.