John Ruppert

BIO/CV

Education

  • 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, DC

  • 1996                     

    Natural Forces/Urban Context; John Ruppert, a 15-year Survey, Gregory Knight – Curator, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL; The Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA; Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH

  • 1997                      

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

  • 1998                     

    Opulence – Cast Sculpture of John Ruppert, Harmony Hall Regional Center, Ft. Washington, 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
    John Ruppert, Crucible, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA

  • 2002                     

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

  • 2005                     

    John Ruppert, John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY

  • 2007

    John Ruppert- New Works, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD
    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
    Sandbox Visiting Artist Exhibition, Kohl Gallery, Washington College, Chestertown, MD

  • 2015                      

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

  • 2017              

    John Ruppert / Terra Firma,  C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD

  • 2019              

    LAB: Empirical Evidence /John Ruppert, Center for Art Design and Visual Culture, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD (catalogue)


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.

  • 2014-15

    John Ruppert outdoor exhibition, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY

  • 2018              

    The Cary Hill Sculpture Park, Salem Art Works, Salem, NY


Selected Group Exhibitions
  • 2000                     

    East Meets West, Korean Embassy, Washington, DC
    Sculpture and the Object, DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, Boston, MA
    ARTSCAPE Annual, City of Baltimore, MD
    Representing the Present, Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC

  • 2001                      

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

  • 2002                     

    2300°F-2002: Iron in the 21st Century, Grounds for Sculpture, Trenton, NJ
    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, DC

  • 2005                     

    Material Terrain, Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, MO
    Inaugural  Exhibition, American University, Katzen Museum, Washington, DC

  • 2006                     

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

  • 2007                     

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

  • 2008                     

    e-forms, Jinse Gallery, Chongqing and Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China

  • 2014                      

    International Competition for Digital Art and Photography, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2015                      

    Dallas Art Fair, C Grimaldis Gallery, Dallas, TX

  • 2016                      

    Top 40, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art International exhibition, Curators – Kathryn Poindexter, California Museum of Photography and Mat Gleason Coagula, Los Angeles, CA
    The Third Silk Road International Exhibition, Shaanxi Provincial Museum of Fine Arts, Xian, Shaanxi, 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, DC

  • 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

  • 2012              

    Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award
    SIM Artist-in-Residency, Four week residency, Reykjavik, Iceland, (June 2012)

  • 2015              

    Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, Photography

  • 2017              

    HYDRA Art-Residencies-Lipari, Two week residency on an archipelago of a volcano islands off of Sicily, Italy

  • 2018              

    Joshua Tree House Artist Residency, Two week residency, CA

  • 2019              

    Maryland Catalyst New Direction Fund Research Grant, Office of the VP For Research, University of Maryland
    Arctic Circle Artist Residency, Two week residency on a tall ship collaborating with 20 other artists and scientists, visiting the shores and surroundings of island of Svalbard, Norway


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
    Harbor Point, Three Strikes, Harbor Point, Baltimore, MD
    Gilman School, Three Pumpkins, Baltimore, MD
    Purple Line light Rail Station, Passage, Woodside, MD
    West Lake International Invitational Exhibition and Commission, Hangzhou, China
    World Expo 2010, Shanghai, China:  Chain-link fabric sculpture installed in the Contemporary Chinese Garden along the Riverside Landscaping Project


ARTIST STATEMENT

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