Jo LeMay Rutledge

The odyssey to ranch paintings shouldn't have taken as long as it has. After all, I've lived in Texas for most of my life. But there were so many artists in the genre that I avoided jumping into the arena. What could I possibly bring to the bunkhouse that hasn't already been done. Besides that, Fort Worth is home to many Russells and Remingtons.

It took a bright day at a friend's ranch. What I saw there didn't have a hint of romance in it. It was ranch trash, beautiful horses, manure, ditches of unmanaged grass, cast off equipment and rodeo trailers in need of a coat of paint. That was the real deal. Hard work, thankless hours of maintenance and the jimmy rigging ranch gear. The life of anyone who chooses to live off the land. Now that's worth my time at the easel.  Art of the West a little left of center.

JO LEMAY RUTLEDGE

Selected Group Exhibitions

2012 International Guild of Realism show, juried selection, Carmel, CA

Bosque County Classic, juried selection, Clifton, TX

Art Center of Waco (honorable mention cash award), juried selection, Waco, TX

Coors Western Art Exhibit, National Western Stock Show, juried selection, Denver, CO

Acceptance into Oil Painters of America, Crystal Lake, IL

Group Show, Artspace111, Fort Worth, TX

Dallas Art Fair, Artspace111, Dallas, TX

2011 University of Texas at the Arlington Gallery selection for 897 by contemporary curator of the Dallas Art Museum’s Charles Wylie, Arlington, TX

Texas Artist Coalition juried selection, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, TX

Coors Western Art Exhibit, National Western Stock Show, juried selection, Denver, CO

Juried selection for International Guild of Realism show, Santa Fe, NM

Artspace 111, Santa Fe, NM

Group Show, Artspace111, Fort Worth, TX

Dallas Art Fair, Artspace111, Dallas, TX

2010 Preservation is the Art of the City, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, TX

Texas Artist Coalition Competition, juried selection, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, TX

Group Show, Artspace111, Fort Worth, TX

Selected Public Art

Baird Industries

Bell Helicopter

Baylor All Saints Hospital/Transplant Unit

Fort Worth Country Day School

Selected Portraits

Paul Mason, Bank President and Chairman of the Board of DFW Airport (posthumous): Paul Mason Middle School FWCDS

Kay Fortson, Chairman of the Board, Kimbell Art Museum: personal collection

Mike “Red” Redbaugh, former CEO Bell Helicopter: Bell Helicopter

Ben Fortson, Fortson Oil: personal family collection

Selected Corporate Collections

Baylor All Saints Hospital

Bell Helicopter

BNSF Railway Corporate Headquarters

Botanical Research Institute of Texas

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Art Collection

Fort Worth Country Day School

National Hall of Fame Cowboys of Color showcase event

Selected Private Collections

Ben Fortson II, Fortson Oil Company

Kay Fortston, CEO Kimbell Art Museum

Karen Davis Fortson, Board of the Kimbell Art Museum

Ben/Lisa Fortson III, Board of the Kimbell Art Museum

Michael Eisner, former CEO Disney

John/Jane Justin, Justin Industries/Justin Boots

Ed Bass, CEO Bass Enterprises

Jerry/Elizabeth Baird, former VP Mrs Baird’s Bread

Erma Lowe

Mercedes Bass

Sid Bass

Kay Granger, House of Representatives US Congress

Mike/Rosie Moncrief, Mayor of Fort Worth

Charlie Moncrief

Tom/Therese Moncrief

Jenkins/Virginia Garrett

Virginia Smith

Vivienne Wilson

Steve Flory

Kimbell Fortson Wynne, Board of the Kimbell Art Museum

Publications

Star Telegram

Indulge

360 West

Heritage Auctions

Cowboys and Indians; Fort Worth Weekly

Art Walk

Star Telegram Life and Arts headline March 29, 2003

Star Telegram Rodeo Tie feature

Education

Oklahoma State, M.S

University of Texas, B.S.

Teaching

Fort Worth Country Day School

Rutledge goes from farm to market by Jimmy Fowler in Fort Worth Weekly