JOHN RUPPERT was born in Winchester, Massachusetts, in 1951. He received his BA in Fine Art and 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:; Copia Museum, Napa, CA., Montalvo Art Center, Saratoga, CA, Weatherspoon Gallery, Greensboro, NC., Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL , Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NC; The Chicago Cultural Center; The Contemporary Art Center of Virginia in Virginia Beach; The Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art; and the C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD. His work has also been featured in large scale sculpture exhibitions and 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, SECCA, Winston/Salem, NC and Museum of Contemporary Art, Raleigh, NC., DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Boston, MA, The Pirkkala Sculpture Park, Pirkkala , Finland, Muzeum Okregowe Leona Wyczolkowskiego W Bydgoszczy, and Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Ruppert is represented by : C. Grimaldis Gallery , Baltimore, MD John Davis Gallery Hudson, NY Eight Modern, Santa Fe, NM Ruppert’s cast “Pumpkins” are in numerous collections on the west and east coasts including Grounds for Sculpture, Trenton, NJ. Currently Ruppert has an outdoor installing at OMI International Sculpture Park, NY and has work included in a two year traveling exhibition “Material Terrain” commissioned by Laumeier International Sculpture Park, St. Louis MO. This exhibition will travel to Museums and sculpture parks thought out the US. In April 2005, had a one person exhibition at the John Davis Gallery in NYC. Reviews of his work have been published in Art in America, Sculpture and the New Art Examiner. Ruppert, who is the chairman of the Department of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park, has been on the faculty there since 1987.