Lauren Rutten
Interdisciplinary Artist, Assignment Photographer, Educator


MA, New York University, International Center of Photography, Interdisciplinary Art, (extended, joint Masters Program equaling the MFA), New York

BFA, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, Fine Arts, Concentration in Photography  

Professional Development / Additional Training

2017     SoulCollage® Facilitator Training - Certified Facilitator  

2014     Amherst Writers & Artists Leadership Training - Certified Leader
2004    Artist Teacher Institute, NJ, Book Arts, Poetry, Print Making
2001     Artist Teacher Institute, NJ, Book Arts, Print Making, Painting
2000    Cone-Editions Digital Workshop, VT, Digital Printmaking, Jon Cone
1999     Center For Documentary Studies, NC, Literacy through Photography, Wendy Ewald   
1997      Visual Studies Workshops, Rochester, NY, Critical Studies, Diane Neumaier

Professional Employment

2014 - Present  
MilkHouse Arts, Owner & Workshop Facilitator Hosting Ongoing Writing and Arts Workshops and Retreats,

1986 - Present  
Lauren Rutten Photography, Owner & primary photographer, (formerly Rutten-Sorokin Studio); editorial assignments, documentary event, and portrait photography,

Exhibitions (*solo)

Inspire Photo Retreat, Portland ME, PechaKucha Keynote, Home Is This Place
Spark 24, Art from Writing : Writing From Art, Online Collaborative Art Exhibit,

*24/7/Art Online Gallery, Featured Artist of the month, curated by Susan Evans Grove

Gas Gallery, South Orange, NJ, COLLECTOR'S CHOICE Photography

Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ, Committee Committed

Stewart Leshe Collection, Millburn, NJ

International Center of Photography, NYC, NYU / ICP 20 Years In
*The Dancing Goat Gallery, South Orange, NJ, Palimpsest              
City Without Walls, Newark, NJ, Stop & Go

Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ, New Jersey Arts Annual: Fine Arts, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ, Genome

Ben Shahn Gallery, Wayne, NJ, William Paterson University Faculty Exhibit

Hunterdon Museum of Art, NJ State Council of Arts Fellowship Exhibition       
City Without Walls, Newark, NJ, Members Show              
Ben Shahn Gallery, Wayne, NJ, William Paterson University Faculty Exhibit        
Nabisco Gallery, East Hanover, NJ.              
Powers Art Center, Wayne, NJ, Photography Faculty and Students Work, Printmaking Council of NJ, Preserving the Garden              
Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT, Photoworks              
City Without Walls, Newark, NJ, Art Reach              
Foundation for Arts & Sciences, Long Beach Island, NJ

*Gallery of South Orange, South Orange, NJ, Recent Figurative Work
Printmaking Council of NJ, Small Impressions
Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ
Kean University, Union, NJ
Morris Beard School, Morristown, NJ
Palmer Museum, Springfield, NJ
Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ

City Without Walls, Newark, NJ, Metro Show
World Studio Foundation, New York, NY, 3000 Chairs
*80 Washington Sq. East Galleries, New York, NY, From My Garden, Masters Thesis Exhibition

Barney Gallery, NYU, Society of Photographic Education, Life in the Fast Lane: Teaching Photography and Speed at the End of the 20th Century

Cafe Louis Gallery, Hoboken NJ

* University Gallery, Newark DE, Senior Thesis Exhibition   

* Bell Gallery, Chico CA                   

Janvier Gallery, Newark DE

Fellowships / Teaching Experience & Artist In Education Residencies / Grants

2012     New Jersey State Awarded Distinguished Teaching Artist
2009     New Jersey State Awarded Distinguished Teaching Artist
2002     Leeway Foundation, Selection Panelist, Photography
2000     Art Reach Mentor Grant, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ
2001     William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ.  Adjunct Professor, Courses: Alternative Photo, Digital Imaging
2000     William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ.  Adjunct Professor, Courses: Alternative Photo, Experimental Techniques
1999     New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, Individual Artist, Fellowship Grant for Photography, Trenton, NJ

New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Artist Is Education Residencies(2001 - 2012 Roster Member)
2008    Hawthorne Elementary School, Teaneck, NJ,
2003    Terrence Reilly Middle School, Elizabeth, NJ,
2002Elsinboro Public School, Elsinboro, NJ,

Arts Horizons, Artist Is Education Residencies
2012    PS250, Williamsburg Magnet School, Brooklyn, NY
2011Mt Vernon Elementary School, Newark, NJ
2011Hubbard Middle School, Plainfield, NJ
2010    Quitman Street School, Newark, NJ, Creative Alternatives for Youth at Risk, Lead Artist (Year-long programs, 2004 through 2010)
2007    Frelinghuysen Middle School, Morristown, NJ, New Jersey After 3 Program
2003Cleveland Avenue School, Orange, NJ, Creative Alternatives for Youth at Risk, Summer Program

Newark Museum - Artist in Education Residencies
2005     Belmont Runyon School
2004     13th Avenue School
2003     Peshine Avenue School

2005    Institute for Arts and Humanities Residency, AMARDV Summer Program Artists-In-Education Residency

2004    Young Audiences of NJ - AIE Residency, Middletown HS No. & So., NJ

2001    Seth Boyden School, Maplewood, NJ, Artist-in-Residence

Bibliography/ *Reviews / Filmography

Anderson, Denise, Gonnella, Rose, Landa, Robin, Creative Jolt, Cincinatti: Northlight Books, F&W, 2000, Publication

October Films, High Art, Directed by Lisa Cholodenko, 1998

William Zimmer,  “Contemplating Categories Among Genres”, The New York Times, January 7, 2001

*Dan Bischoff,  “Bodies of Work,” The Star-Ledge, February 12, 1999

William Zimmer,  “Metro Show,” The New York Times, December 20, 1998

Dan Bischoff,  “Metro Show jury salutes small wonders,” The Star-Ledger, December 2 1998

*Dan Bischoff, “Essex Exposed,” The Star-Ledger, September 18, 1998

Dan Bischoff,  “Gallery Celebrates 25 Years in Vanguard”, The Star-Ledger, September 17, 2000

Professional Activities / Service / Membership

2015, 2012    
Inspire Photo Seminars, Professional Development Workshops, Getting To The HeArt ofWhat Matters,

2009 - Current     
Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, An international non-profit organization of volunteer professional photographers provide heirloom portraits to families facing the untimely death of an infant.

College of Visual & Performing Arts, Robert Busch School of Design at Kean University Mentor and Coach, Let’s Charrette, Annual Thinking Creatively Conference,

2001 - 2004    
The Gallery of South Orange, Executive Committee Member, Ongoing Curatorial and Exhibition Management, South Orange, NJ