Jeffrey Ruggles, M.F.A.

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Jeffrey Ruggles serves as Program Administrator for VCU Road Scholar. As the primary liaison to Elderhostel Inc., the national organization based in Boston, he works with the national office to plan, budget, and market programs. With the Richmond office, he works with and supports the coordinators at each location VCU Road Scholar conducts programs.

Mr. Ruggles holds a M.F.A. in Design/Photography from VCU and a B.A. from the University of Virginia. He is a historian and photographer, with specialties including the history of Virginia and 19th–20th century popular culture. His book The Unboxing of Henry Brown (2003) is a biography of the fugitive slave and performer Henry Box Brown. From 2002-10 Ruggles served as Curator of Prints and Photographs at Virginia Historical Society. Photography in Virginia (2008) is a companion book to the 2008–09 survey exhibition at VHS. Other gallery exhibitions include Early Images of Virginia Indians (2003) and Organized Labor in Virginia (2010), and a long-term Battle Abbey installation, The Virginia Manufactory of Arms (2005). Online exhibitions include Early Images of Virginia Indians and Early Ventures to the Falls, 1607–10.