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JOHN RUPPERT was born in Winchester, Massachusetts, in 1951. His mother was a painter, and his father was a mechanical engineer. From 1962-64, his family lived in the Middle East. During that time he became intrigued with archaeology, visiting many ancient cities and participating in "digs" from Egypt to Turkey. The time he spent visiting the remains of past civilizations -- seeing how they were built by the materials of their environment, and experiencing the process of their being reclaimed by that environment -- has greatly influenced his art.
Ruppert received his Bachelors of Art in Art and Art Education from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in 1974, and his Master of Fine Arts from the School for American Craftsman, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, in 1977.
Ruppert has had numerous one-person exhibitions including: Art et Industrie (in the Garden), New York City, The Evanston Art Center just outside Chicago The Chicago Cultural Center; The Contemporary Art Center of Virginia in Virginia Beach; The Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art; C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore; and Franz Bader Gallery, Washington, D.C.
His work has also been featured in many group exhibitions both in the United States and abroad, including: the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wisconsin; Stone Quarry Hill, Cazenovia, New York; the Grounds for Sculpture, Trenton, New Jersey; Center of Culture Castle, Poznon, Poland. In 1998 he received the Jurors Award at Baltimores ArtScape, and he also has received Individual Artists Grants from the Maryland State Arts Council in 1991, 1995 and 1997. Reviews of his work have been published in Art in America, Sculpture, and the New Art Examiner.
In the autumn of 1998, Ruppert installed a commissioned piece at the New International Terminal at the Baltimore/ Washington Airport, and in the spring of 1999 grouping of cast "Pumpkins" was produced and added to the collection of Grounds for Sculpture, Trenton, NJ. Other commissions have been awarded by The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore and the Xerox Corporation in Rochester, New York.
Currently Ruppert has outdoor installations at SECCA, Winston/Salem, NC, Klein Art Works, Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Raleigh, NC, and the DeCordova, Lincoln, MA.
Ruppert, who is the chairman of the Department of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park, has been on the faculty since 1987.
Title Phenomenon and Materials 2000," @ Ganser Gallery
Author, Kristy Krivitsky
Year of Publication: 2001, May Vol. 20 No 4, pp. 71,72
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"Art in America"
Title: John Ruppert at the Chicago Cultural Center
Author: Sue Taylor
Year of Publication: 1996, November
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Title John Ruppert
Author, Tom Lang
Year of Publication, 1987, November
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"New Art Examiner"
Title: John Ruppert
Author: Carol Wood
Year of Publication: 1987, November
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1998 Jurors Award, ArtScape, Baltimore, MD, Jurors; Alga Vi so of the Hirshhorn Sculpture Museum and Garden and Gary Songster, of the Contemporary Museum.
1997,95,91 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant.
1997,91, 89, 87 Creative and Performing Arts Award, University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, Maryland.
1978 "Prix de Paris - Raymond Duncan," Galleries Raymond Duncan, Paris, France
1995 Triangle Workshop, Marcel, France; an international retreat of 32 artists from around the world with visiting artists and critics.
2000-01 -Klein Art Works, Chicago, IL, "Out Door Sculpture Exhibition".
-Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NC, "99 Days of Art."
-DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Boston, MA, Sculpture and the
Object," Curator - Nick Capasso.
2000 -Evergreen House, Baltimore, MD, Michael Brenson - Curator
-Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC. "Representing the Present,"
Jack Rasmussen Curator
-C. Grimaldis Gallery, "John Ruppert - New Works," Baltimore, MD
1998-00 -Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum,Wausau, WI,"Just the Thing, Contemporary Outdoor Sculpture and the Object," Nick Capasso - Curator
-Stone Quarry Hill, Cazenovia, NY, "The Garden Path: Mediating Nature
and Culture," Mary E. Murray - Curator
1998 -Art Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke, VA, "Gravity / Levity,"
Curator -Mark Scala.
1998, 97, 96 -Navy Pier, "Pier Walk 96," Chicago, IL, in conjunction with Art
1997 -Virginia Beach, VA, "Monuments on the Waters Edge," sponsored by ----The Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA.
1997 -Art et Industrie, New York City, NY, "Installation in the Garden."
1996 -"Natural Forces/Urban Context; John Ruppert, a 15-year Survey "Traveling exhibition Gregory Knight - Curator.
4/20- 6/30/96 Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL.
7/14 - 9/8/96 The Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA.
11/15/96 - 1/27/97 Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH.
-Delaware Art Museum, Biennial, Wilmington, DE.
1995 -Franz Bader Gallery, Washington, DC, "New Sculpture."
1987 - Mitchell Museum, Mt. Vernon, IL, Invitational, Curator - Charles Butler
1986 - First Street Forum, St. Louis, MO, "About Place."
1982 -Laumeier International Sculpture Park, "Artists on the Green," St. Louis, MO
1978 -Galleries Raymond Duncan, Paris, France, "Salon dEte."
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