John Ruppert



  • 1974

    BA, Fine Arts & Art Education, Miami University, Oxford, OH

  • 1977

    MFA, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

Selected One Person Exhibitions
  • 1995                       John Ruppert: Drawings and Sculpture, Franz Bader Gallery, Washington, D.C

  • 1996                      Natural Forces/Urban Context; John Ruppert, a 15-year Survey, Gregory Knight –

  • 1997                       Installation in the Garden, Art et Industrie, New York, NY

  • 1998                      Opulence – Cast Sculpture of John Ruppert, Harmony Hall Regional Center, Ft. Wash., MD

  • 1999                      John Ruppert – Sculpture on the Grounds, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL

  • 2000                     John Ruppert – New Works, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD

  • 2001                      John Ruppert in the Courtyard, Davis & Hall Gallery, Hudson, NY
    2001                      John Ruppert, Crucible, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA

  • 2002                      John Ruppert, Villa Montalvo Art Center, Saratoga, CA
    2002                      John Ruppert, Weatherspoon Gallery, Greensboro, NC

  • 2005                      John Ruppert, John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY

  • 2007                      John Ruppert- New Works, C.Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD
    2007                      John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY

  • 2011                       C Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD

  • 2012                       John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY

  • 2013                       The Iceland Project, C Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD
    2013                       Sandbox Visiting Artist Exhibition, Kohl Gallery, Washington College, Chestertown, MD

  • 2015                       John Ruppert: Grounded, Academy of Art Museum, Easton, MD

Large – Scale Sculpture Exhibitions
  • 2007-05               Material Terrain, International Arts & Artists

  • 2008                      Grimaldis @ 405, Gallery 405, Baltimore, MD

  • 2009                      Baker Artist Award Exhibition, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
    2009                      Bicentennial Exhibition, Miami University, Oxford, OH

  • 2010                       Miami Sculpture Biennale, in conjunction with Art Basel Miami, Curator: Ricardo Pau-Llosa, Miami, FL
    2010                       Riverside Landscaping, World Expo 2010, Shanghai, China
    2010                       Bridge Gardens, Bridge Hampton, NY

  • 2011                        Urban Garden, The Rose Kennedy Greenway, Curator: Nick Capasso, Boston, MA
    2011                        DeCordova Sculpture Park & Museum, Lincoln, MA

  • 2012-10                 James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

  • 2012                       West Lake International Invitational Sculpture Commission and Exhibition, Hangshon, China

  • 2014-15                 20th Anniversary Celebration Exhibition, Kreeger Museum, Washington, D.C.

Selected Group Exhibitions
  • 2000                      East Meets West, Korean Embassy, Washington, D.C.
    2000                      Sculpture and the Object, DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, Boston, MA
    2000                      ARTSCAPE Annual, City of Baltimore, MD
    2000                     Representing the Present, Kreeger Museum, Washington, D.C. 

  • 2001                       Mixing Realities, Muzeum Okregowe Leona Wyczolkowskiego W Bydgoszczy, Bydgoszcz, Poland
    2001                       Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition” (Klein Art Works, Chicago, IL

  • 2002                      2300°F-2002: Iron in the 21st Century, Grounds for Sculpture, Trenton, NJ
    2002                      Summer Exhibition, Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, Laurel, MD

  • 2003                      The Pirkkala Municipal Sculpture Park, Pirkkala, Finland

  • 2004                      40th Anniversary Art in Embassies Exhibition, US State Department, Washington, D.C.

  • 2005                      Material Terrain, Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, MO
    2005                      Inaugural  Exhibition, American University, Katzen Museum, Washington, D.C.

  • 2006                      Timespace (Invitational), Pedvale Open Air Art Museum, Pedvale, Latvia
    2006                      Contemporary Sculpture 2006, Chesterwood Museum, Stockbridge, MA
    2006                      The Fields, Omi International Art Center, Ghent, NY
    2006                      Shiftscale, National Museum of Contemporary Art KUMU, Tallinn, Estonia
    2006                      Pulse 2006, International Arts & Artist & Hillyer Art Space, Washington, D.C.

  • 2007                      Modern Dimensions: Contemporary American Sculpture, Eight Modern, Santa Fe, NM

  • 2008                      e-forms, Chongqing: Jinse Gallery, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China

Professional Experience, Residencies, Grants
  • 1978

    Prix de Paris – Raymond Duncan, Galleries Raymond Duncan, Paris

  • 1997, 1995, 1991

    Maryland State Arts Council Individual Grant

  • 1998

    Department of Art, Chair, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
    Jurors’ Award, ArtScape, Baltimore, MD

  • 1999

    Juror, Designs for the new Dollar Coin, Dept. of the Treasury, Washington, D.C.

  • 2002

    Full Professor, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

  • 2004

    Art in Embassies Selection

  • 2006

    S. Department of State Federal Assistance Award
    S. Department of State Travel Award

Selected Commissions and Collections
  • OMI International Sculpture Park, Gant, NY
    Grounds for Sculpture, Trenton, NJ
    Baltimore/Washington International Airport
    American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD
    Xerox Corp, Rochester, NY
    US Chancellery, Lapaz
    Nanking College of Fine Arts, Nanking
    Contemporary Art Foundation (Ecovar), Marseilles


My interest in phenomena, both in my sources and in the way that I work is what compels me to make sculpture.  Process is an integral part of the content.  Also guiding my work is the coexistence of natural systems and order, along with our own need to impose order