Ronald Rumford was born in Fort Meade, Maryland. He earned a BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and attended the Tyler School of Art program in Rome, Italy.
He has exhibited his work at institutions including Rosemont College in Pennsylvania, Ballinglen Gallery at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ballycastle, Ireland; Lynn Dunham Fine Art in Bridgehampton, New York; Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; The State Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Heat International Print Center in New York City, McGowan Fine Art in Concord, New Hampshire; Silas Kenyon Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts; Florida Guild of Craftsmen in St. Petersburg, Florida; Locus Gallery in St. Louis, Missouri; and Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia.
Rumford won awards including the Hugh & Marion Scott Prize from Woodmere Art Museum, an SOS Grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Lorraine & Ben Alexander Painting Award from the Cheltenham Art Centre. He also received residencies in Ireland from the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Littleton Studios in North Carolina, and Brandywine Workshop and Archives.
His work is in collections at institutions including American Express in New York, Barnes Jewish Christian Hospitals in St. Louis, Missouri; Camden County Cultural & Heritage Commission in New Jersey; Jury’s Custom House Inn in Dublin, Ireland; LaSalle University Art Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; J. P. Morgan in New York City, Bank of Ireland in Dublin, Neiman Marcus in Paramus, New Jersey; Pepsi Company in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.