Abbi Ruppert was born and raised in the rural community of Nokomis, Illinois. She is currently a BFA candidate in sculpture at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and exhibits work across the country. In September 2019, she installed public sculpture “Revival” on SIUE’s campus.
Ruppert received the 2020 Outstanding Student Achievement Award in Contemporary Sculpture from the International Sculpture Center.
Her current body of abstract sculptures combine a steel framework with an exterior skin stretched from feminine garments. Her work explores
a deeply embedded predisposition for self-sacrifice among women within our culture. She is both a sculptor and a printmaker, where she works primarily with woodcuts and engravings.
Ruppert will graduate from SIUE with her BFA in sculpture in Spring 2021.