About Vivian Ruegger:


Currently living in Safety Harbor, Florida, Viv Ruegger has been working in the field of art for forty-five years. She continues to show her work as a fine arts illustrator at Stirling Hall. During this time she has also worked as an archaeologist in many different and exciting places, creating the drawings for the finds at the dig sites.

Early Career

She began her career of art by attending University of Washington School of Art, studying “fine arts” in 1967. In the later 1970’s through the early 1980’s she owned and managed her own art gallery on Clearwater Beach while also acting as the director for the Clearwater Marine Science Center. She also attended Ringling School of Art, taking an Illustration class, and St. Petersburg College.  


Traveling Europe

Traveling the world, she was involved in classes and many different archeological digs with Earthwatch and other universities.

Some of the universities she has worked for include;

University Of California: Berkeley, California
Cork University: Cork, Ireland
Oxford University: Oxford, England 
Oxford University: Island of Majorca, Majorca, Spain
Restoration with UNESCO: Venice, Italy
Worcester University: Worcester, Massachusetts 
Drawings & Cataloging--Oxford University, Turkey (Finds for a newly discovered city)

She also spent some time in Pietrasanta, Italy where she studied sculpting.


Continuing Art.

In 2005 she joined the IMAGO art group, where she had a studio. In 2007 she spent a month in South America studying art. In November 2007 a fire destroyed the studios, due to an act or arson. In 2009 the Imago group moved to Stirling Hall and assumed the name Stirling Hall Studios. In 2010 she spent the summer traveling in Russia, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Sweden, Scotland, Norway, and England. She spent time studying the folklore of these countries.

Viv has also studied with Lynn Davison, Christopher Still, Melissa Miller, Marie Cummings and Michael Kohl in both oil painting and watercolors at the Dunedin Art Center.

Private Collections and Gallery Showings

Dunedin Art Center.
Beach Art Center, Indian Rocks Beach, Florida.
Stirling Society.
Stirling Hall Studios.

Gallery shows;
Viv has had showings at the following locations.
Dunedin Art Center.
The Imago Gallery.
Ruth Eckerd Hall.
Clearwater Library

Private collections;
GTE Corporate Collection
Porclaire Monastery, Endover, Holland
Mr. and Mrs. Tony Marsh, Palm Harbor, FL
Katherine Compagni, Homer, NY
Mr. and Mrs. Foster, Canada
Mr. and Mrs. Beck, Dunedin, FL
Gail Wetherell-Sack, Ohio
Mrs, Eileen Quinn, Dunedin, FL
Bambi Hitchcock, Massachusetts