Ellen Rutt is a Detroit-based interdisciplinary artist whose work surrenders to the possibilities and limitations of place in a tender call and response between control and improvisation. Through an abstract lexicon of layered shapes and primary colors, she facilitates conversations between materiality and movement, between place and process. Her site-specific installations, mixed-media paintings, and textiles examine notions of belonging and exclusion in the perceived nature-culture divide in America. Rutt graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan. She has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit Institute of Arts, The Urban Institute of Contemporary Art Grand Rapids, East Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art, Pt. 2 Gallery, Los Angeles and has completed murals and installations in locations around the world including France, New York, San Francisco, Canada, and Hawaii, among others. She has been featured in Juxtapoz, Forbes, W Magazine, Alive Magazine, LOAM Magazine, and was recently named one of 24 changemakers in 2020 by Hour Detroit Magazine.