Chad Rutter

Alumni – 2012

Chad Rutter


  • MFA: University of Minnesota, 2010
  • BFA: Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2006

This work explores ideas of land, site, history and American landscape tourism, and ranges from sculpture to drawing to photo-based books. Rutter collects artifacts over the course of his travels and builds for them interpretive display structures; taking his cues from pathways, kiosks and other structures in state and national parks as well as roadside attractions such as amateur museums and tourist traps. In the work, Rutter responds to specific sites and his personal interactions with the land as well as the homogenizing experience of 21st century interstate travel and the tourist industry culture, with its nostalgic simulacra.


Scenes From the Great American Non-Site is a book that looks at the American interstate system as an earthworks piece. The book is comprised of photos of road embankments and rocks collected between New York and San Francisco.

Edition Size: 100, Digital Printing, 50 Pages

By pattymcmeans

Patricia Healy McMeans is a current PhD candidate study contemporary art practice and social studios at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) This web log will attempt to document her personal research under the direction of Neil Mulholland.