As a youngster (1962-64) I lived in Amman, Jordan. During that period my parents belonged to the Jordanian Archeology Society. As a result I became fascinated in archeology and traveled throughout the area (Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, and Cyprus), visiting sites and participating in several digs. Experiencing the remains of ancient cities and civilizations in the barren landscape has had a lasting effect on my artwork and me.
I went on to study art at Miami University in Oxford Ohio. Lived in the mountains of Maine between undergraduate and graduate school and in 1977 received a MFA at Rochester Institute of Technology.
In 1987, secured a teaching position at the University of Maryland, College Park and became chair of the Department of Art in 1998.
In 1992 I converted a trolley car barn, near Druid Hill Park, into my studio. The open space and high ceilings has also had a profound effect on my work.
Every summer I travel down east to Maine for a fix of where the land meets the sea.
Observing the phenomena nature and of materials guides me as I work.
Over the past 30 years, I have been working in cast metals; manufactured materials such as chain-link fabric; photography; mixed media; and more recently video and digital 3D rapid prototype (RP) printing - all in response to the relationship between natural order and human decision-making, and the paradoxes that lie between. My work stems from a long tradition of artists that have been obsessed with the grand and subtle beauty of our American landscape. As our built environment stretches out into this vast, yet shrinking resource, and as nature pushes back (as with Katrina and more recently the tsunami in Japan or more subtly over time as in qualities of an ancient ruin), a context is set up with the collision of these two orders, which in a strange way, amplifies their beauty. As an artist, in this fast paced world, my hope is to have people slow down, pay attention, and to find the beauty in things around them.
C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD.
John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY.
Eight Modern, Santa Fe, NM.
ONE PERSON EXHIBITONS - Selected from over 28 venues:
-C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD 2000, 2002, 2007 & 2011.
-John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY 2001 & 2007.
-John Davis Gallery, New York City 2005.
-Weatherspoon Gallery, Greensboro, NC 2002.
-Montalvo, Saratoga, CA, John Ruppert 2002.
-Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL "John Ruppert-Sculpture on the Grounds," 1999.
-Art et Industrie, New York City, "Installation in the Garden"1997.
-"Natural Forces/Urban Context; John Ruppert," a 15-year Survey Gregory Knight - Curator.
Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL, 4/20- 6/30/1996.
The Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA, 7/14 - 9/8/1996.
Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH, 11/15/1996- 1/27/1997.
-Barbara Fendrick Gallery, New York City, "Sculpture & Drawing,"1989.
-Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Open Air Gallery, Winston/Salem,NC, "Out Door
TWO PERSON AND GROUP EXHIBITONS - Selected from over145 venues, including both large and small scale work, in the United States and abroad:
-West Lake International Invitational Exhibition/Commission, Hangzhou, China 2012.
-Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC, Corridor, (Catalogue) 2011.
-Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY, Mapping: Memory and Motion, curator-Sarah Tanguy,
-Miami, FL, Miami Sculpture Biennale, (in conjunction with Art Basel Miami), curator-Ricardo
-World Expo 2010, Shanghai, China, Riverside Landscaping Project, 2010.
-The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD, FAX?s, in conjunction with the Drawing Center,
NYC, curator-Irene Hofmann, 2009.
-405, Grimaldas @ 405, Baltimore, MD.
-Beijing Today Art Museum, “e-forms” , Beiging, China (October 2008)
-Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, “e-forms”, Shanhai, China. (November 2008) -Chongqing: Jinse Gallery, “e-forms”, China. (mid-December 2008 through January 2009)
-“Material Terrain,” commissioned by Laumeier International Sculpture Park, St. Louis MO, is touring museums and sculpture parks though out the US for three years 1/2005-10/2008 It includes both indoor and outdoor sculpture. Other artists included in the exhibition are Ursala von Rydingsvard, Dennis Oppenheim, Donald lipski & Roxy Paine.
-Grounds for Sculpture, Museum "Enclosures", Trenton, New Jersey. 2007-08
-Eight Modern, "Sculpture Exhibition," Santa Fe, NM, 2007
-OMI International Sculpture Park, New York, 2004-2008
-The Contemporary Museum of Art of Estonia (KUMU), Tallinn, Estonia, "ShiftScale" 2006
-Chesterwood, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 2006
-Pedvale International Open Air Museum, Latvia, 2006
-Herron Gallery of Art, Indianapolis, IN, Biennial Exhibition, 2005
-Klein Art Works, John Ruppert / Rebecca Shore, Chicago, Il, 2003
-Pirkkala Sculpture Park, Pirkkala , Finland, 2003
-DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Boston, MA, Nick Capasso - curator, 2000-2003
-Muzeum Okregowe Leona Wyczolkowskiego W Bydgoszczy, Poland, 2001
-Museum of Contemporary Art, Raleigh, NC, 2000-2001
-SECCA, Winston/Salem, North Carolina. 2000-2001
-Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC, Jack Rasmussen - curator, 2000
-Stone Quarry Hill, Cazenovia, New York, 1998-2000
-Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wisconsin. "Just the Thing," Nick Capasso - curator, 1998-2000
-Chicago Navy Pier, Chicago, IL, “Pier Walk ‘97,” in conjunction with “Art Chicago ‘96,97 & 98
-Center of Culture Castle, Poznon, Poland, 1997
-Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 1988
COMMISSIONS and COLLECTIONS - Selected:
-World Expo 2010, Shanghai, China.
-Grounds for Sculpture, Trenton, NJ, five “Pumpkins” for their permanent collection.
-Baltimore/Washington International Airport.
-American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD.
-Xerox Corp., Rochester, NY.
-U. S. Chancellery, Lapaz, Bolivia.
-Nanking College of Fine Arts, Nanking, China.
-Contemporary Art Foundation (Ecovar), Marseille, France.
GRANTS & RESIDENCIES - Most recent:
-Pollock Kransner Foudation Award, 2012-13
-Djerrassi Resident Artist Program, Woodside , CA 2012.
-SIM Artist-in-Residency, Reykjavik, Iceland 2012.
-The William G. Baker Jr. Memorial Award, $25,000, 2009.
-Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, 2009, 1997, 1995 & 1991.
-GRB University of Maryland Semester Research Grant 2008.
-U.S. Department of State Federal Assistance Award; Sponsored buy the American Embassy, to represent the United States by exhibiting at the inaugural exhibition of the Museum of Contemporary Art KUMU in Tallinn, Estonia, 2006.
-U.S. Department of State Travel Award, Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy to participate in Pedvale Open Air Art Museum outdoor Sculpture Symposium, Latvia 2006.
Reviews have been published in Art in America, Sculpture, the New Art Examiner, the Post, the NY Times, Art China and many other publications.
ILLUSTRATED LECTURES AND GALLERY TALKS:
2008 Futang University, Shanghai, China
2007 Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China.
Lipscomb University, TN.
2006 Art Academy of Latvia, Riga, Latvia.
Estonia Academy of Fine Arts, Tallinn, Estonia.
2005 Katzen Gallery, American University, Washington, DC.
2004 Grounds for Sculpture, Trenton, NJ.
2003 COPIA, Napa, CA.
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
2002 Montalvo Art Center, San Jose, CA.
Weatherspoon Gallery, Greensboro, NC.
2001 Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC.
School 33, Baltimore, MD.
Loyola College, Baltimore, MD.
2000 Visiting Artist -Spoke about my sculpture and the sculpture collection to the docents, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD.
1999 Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL.
1998 Panelist and Lecture - “Large Castings in a Small Foundry,” International Iron Conference, Johnson Atelier, Trenton, NJ.
Art Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke, VA
1997 Visiting artist & critic - W. Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.
Visiting artist & critic -,Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD.
Towson State University, Towson, MD.
1996 Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL. 4/19 & 5/10.
Virginia Beach Contemporary Art Center, Virginia Beach, VA.
Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH.
The Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH
Art Department ,Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH.
Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD.
1995 Luminy-Marseille, France.
Baltimore Museum of Art/Sculptors Incorporated, Baltimore, MD.
1994 Visiting Artist - Art Department, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
1993 Visiting Artist- Art Department, Webster University, St. Louis, MO
1992 Panelist - “The Relationship of Process to Content,” International Sculpture Conference ’92, Phili,, PA.
Visiting Artist- Alfred University, Alfred, NY. Two days of criticism, casting demonstration, slide lecture.
1990 Visiting Artist- “Foundry Workshop,” Johnson Atelier Fine Arts Foundry, Trenton, NJ.
1991 School of Architecture, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
1988 American Red Cross, Regional Office, St. Louis, MO.
1987 George Ciscle Gallery, Baltimore, MD.
Center for Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO.
1985 West Surrey School of Art and Design, Farnham, United Kingdom.
Scarborough International Arts Festival, Scarborough, United Kingdom.
Sunderland Polytechnic, Sunderland, United Kingdom.
Newcastle Polytechnic, New Castle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom.
Leicester Polytechnic, Leicester, United Kingdom.
Loughborough School of Art and Design, Loughborough, United Kingdom.