2021   Bachelor of Fine Arts Candidate: Sculpture

Minors: Applied Communication Studies, Art History

College of Arts and Sciences, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

GPA: 3.93

Public Art

June 2021- present     Revival, on display at Krutch Park in downtown Knoxville, TN

May 2021- present      Leave the trauma to me, on display at Clear Lake Arts

Center in Clear Lake, IA



2021           Cherished: Things Most Loved, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

Cedarhurst Biennial, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, IL

2021 ISC Student Member Exhibition, International Sculpture Center,

Art in Public Places Sculpture, Dogwood Arts, Krutch Park, Knoxville, TN

Sculpture Exhibition, Clear Lake Arts Center, Clear Lake, IA

AAH 4th Biannual Exhibition, Angad Arts Hotel, St. Louis, MO

The Emerging Artist Showcase, Jacoby Arts Center, Alton, IL

Breaking Ground, Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, SIUE,

Edwardsville, IL

The Greatest Student Exhibition, The In Art Gallery,

Abstraction, The In Art Gallery, Juror: Ron Fondaw,

Why, “Five Themes Project – Who, What, Where, When, Why,”

Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

Self-Reflections, Foundry Art Centre, St. Louis, MO

Common Threads, Lux Center for the Arts, Curator: Sophia Ruppert,

Lincoln, NE

2020           ISC Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary

Sculpture Awards, Online Exclusive exhibition by the International Sculpture Center,

Art in the Time of Corona | A Global Art Project, Dab Art Co.,

Modern Art National Juried Exhibition, Dallas Metro Arts

Contemporary, Anna, TX

State of the Arts 2020, Prairie Village Arts Council,

Cell Phone Art Exhibit, Jag Gallery, National Exhibition, Key West, FL

Wood River Small Works Show, Wood River Museum,

Wood River, IL

Arts Council of Wayne County 41st National Juried Art Show,

Goldsboro, NC

         2020 – Botanical, Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

Dangerous Lullabies VI, Old Courthouse Arts Center, National

Exhibition, Woodstock, IL

Stand Up Prints, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, National

Exhibition, Minneapolis, MN

Voices of the Midwest, The Kavanagh Gallery of Fine Line Creative

Arts Center, Regional Exhibition, St. Charles, IL

October National 2020, Gallery 510, National Juried Exhibition,

Decatur, IL

 August Group Art Show, Jones Gallery, National Exhibition, Kansas

City, MO

The Premiere Exhibition – June Show, The In Art Gallery, National

Juried Online Exhibition,

Human Conversations, The In Art Gallery, Invitational Online


Encore, Webster Arts, Invitational Exhibition, St. Louis, MO

Women Speak (1920-2020), Jacoby Arts Center, Regional Juried 

                   Exhibition, Alton, IL

Open Theme Annual, Webster Arts Center, National Juried

Exhibition St. Louis, MO

Annual Student Juried Exhibition, Southern Illinois University

                   Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL

2019           Wood River Small Works Show, Wood River Museum and Visitor

Center, Wood River, IL

Friends of Art Auction, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville,

Charity Auction for ‘Edwardsville Friends of Art,’ Edwardsville, IL


Awards, Grants & Scholarships

2021           Second Place Award, Art in Public Places Sculpture Exhibition,

Dogwood Arts, Knoxville, TN

Juror’s Award, Self-Reflections, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO

Edna and Frithiof Carlson Endowed Award for Creative Expression in

a CAS Discipline, SIUE

Thomas and Carol Gipe Award in Sculpture, Art & Design department,


2020           Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture 

International Sculpture Center

SIUE Art & Design Scholarship

William Justin Brown Memorial Awards, Art & Design department,


Award of Excellence, Open Theme Annual, Webster Arts Center

Sculptors at Wagner Award, Annual Student Juried Exhibition, SIUE

2019           Sculpture on Campus Grant, SIUE    

Honorable Mention Award, Wood River Small Works Show

Sculpture on Campus 3rd Place Award

2020 -         Selma J. Hartke Community Foundation Scholarship, Springfield, IL

2016           Cougar Pride Scholarship, SIUE  

Artist Talks & Conferences

2021           Rapid Fire ARTslam, Virtual artist talk, International Sculpture Center

2019           SOFA Connect, Contemporizing Gothic Cathedrals: installation

representing Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL


Professional Experience

2021           Stamp Workshop Instructor, Jacoby Art Center, Jacoby Arts Center,

Alton, IL

Assistant Curator, Common Threads, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE

·      Assisted in arrangement and installation of artwork within the gallery space.

2020           Printmaking instructor at Jacoby Arts Center, Alton, IL

·      Developed and taught Introductory Woodcut Printmaking to adult students (ages 17+).

·      Demonstrated carving and hand-printing techniques while maintaining a safe socially distanced learning environment.

Teaching assistant for Thad Duhigg, 202A Intro to Sculpture, SIUE

·      Demonstrated and guided intro sculpture students on MIG welding safety and technique.

·      Discussed conceptual development with regards to materials, color, and form with students one-on-one.


Media Coverage

2021          Sculpture Magazine, “The 2020 ISC Outstanding Student Achievement

in Contemporary Sculpture Awards,” January/February 2021 Issue

Artistonish Magazine, Issue #9, April 2021

2020          Kimberly Sletten, “SIUE’s Ruppert Receives Prestigious Award from the

International Sculpture Center,” SIUE News, October 2

2019           The Alestle (Revival on front cover) ‘Whimsical, fun, thought-provoking:

This year's campus sculptures unveiled,' SIUE, October 10

The Intelligencer, ‘Winners Named in SIUE’s Arts Sculpture Walk,’ Oct

9. Marion, Scott

The Intelligencer ‘Sculpture on Campus provides SIUE students a 

platform to showcase Artwork,’ September 30


Technical Skills


            Casting: bronze, aluminum, wax, plaster, non-traditional, concrete

            Modeling (clay, mortar, plaster): figure, drapery, sighting/measuring

            Mold Making: ceramic shell, plaster, rubber, standard investment,

            Plasma Torch, rotary tools, drill press, chop saw

            Welding: MIG, TIG

            Indoor and outdoor Installation

            Public sculpture: design, construction, and installation

Wood Shop Certified

            Wood lathe, band saw, drill press, table saw, panel saw, miter saw


            Relief: Woodcut, engraving, linoleum reductive, multiple block




            Adobe: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat



            Cold working