Rochelle Caruthers is the Saint Louis Art Museum Romare Bearden Fellow for 2011–12. During her fellowship, she has developed and curated the exhibition Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) and assisted with the special installation At the Crossroads: Exploring Black Identity in Contemporary Art. Caruthers has an MA in liberal studies from the University of Missouri–Kansas City and an MA in public history from Loyola University, Chicago. She served as an intern in the Special Collections Department of the University of Illinois Chicago, and at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Kansas City and Chicago offices.
Caruthers earned a BA in secondary education from the University of Missouri–Kansas City in 2001 and a BS in business management from the University of Maryland, Asian Division in 1997. She taught American history, American government, and economics for eight years in Kansas City and St. Louis. Prior to that Rochelle was a personnel administrative supervisor in the US Army.