Bringing new artistic perspectives to UVM

The Mollie Ruprecht Fund for Visual Arts provides generous support for bringing artists and critics to visit the UVM Department of Art and Art History.

The Ruprecht Fund was established in 2011 by Bill Ruprecht, an alumnus of the Department to honor his daughter, Mollie Ruprecht, who was also an art and art history major. Ruprecht visitors' creative work has often been integrated into the curriculum of our courses, and many of the visiting artists have exhibited their work in conjunction with their visits. The Ruprecht Fund has thus proven to be deeply beneficial to our teaching mission and public profile.


Recent Mollie Ruprecht Fund Visiting artists:

Gallery Talk by Noel W. Anderson, Jan. 2019

Noel Anderson - Gallery Talk

Anderson utilizes print-media and arts-based-research to explore and teach philosophical inquiry methodologies. Such methodologies include but are not limited to semiological analysis, compositional analysis discourse analysis, deconstructive analysis, and epistemological analysis. Through a range of visual research methods – printmaking, painting, performance, and lectures – Anderson primarily focuses on the function and mediation of socially constructed images on identity formation. Anderson gave a gallery talk and reception January 29, 2019.

Michelle Leftheris: In Dark

Leftheris image

Michelle Leftheris is a lens-based artist working across multiple disciplines. Her work, generally rooted in photographic practice, often extends beyond traditional methods of production and presentation of the image. She holds a BFA in photography from the University of Cincinnati and an MFA in Digital Media from Rhode Island School of Design. She has exhibited work at various galleries and museums nationally and internationally including The Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, Scotland; Pace Gallery; NurtureArt; Cindy Rucker Gallery; Microscope Gallery; Visual Arts Gallery and The Wassaic Project. She showed an exhibit of her work In Dark at the Francis Colburn Gallery Nov. 5-Nov.16, 2018, and presented a gallery talk November 8.

Torkwase Dyson: Water as Geography_Hand as Vessel_Black as Liquid

Torkwase Dyson abstract

Torkwase Dyson considers spatial relations an urgent question both historically and in the present day. Through abstract paintings, Dyson grapples with ways space is perceived and negotiated particularly by black and brown bodies. Explorations of how the body unifies, balances, and arranges itself to move through natural and built environments become both expressive and discursive structures within the work. She presented a lecture at UVM’s Ira Allen Chapel connected to a community art symposium Feverish World in the fall of 2018.

Past Ruprecht Visiting Artists

  • Suné Woods (2018)
  • Colin Matthes (2018)
  • William Wylie (2018)
  • Nicole Miller (2018)
  • Aaron Fowler (2018)
  • Mike Cloud (2018)
  • Ed Owre (2018)
  • Sharon Harper (2017)
  • Diana Al-Hadid (2017)
  • Oasa DuVerney (2017)
  • Sarah O'Donnell (2017)
  • Barbara Bloom (2017)
  • Sue Tallman (2017)
  • Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby (2017)
  • Shane Lavalette (2017)
  • Sangram Majumdar (2017)
  • Annah Anti-Palindrome (2016)
  • Jason Duverney-Gaspar (2016)
  • Eric Hibit (2016)
  • Aspen Mays (2016)
  • Bill Jacobson (2015)
  • Louise Lawler (2015)
  • Laurie Simmons (2015)
  • Judy Natal (2014)
  • Polly Apfelbaum (2014)
  • Carlos Ruiz-Valarino (2014)
  • Nathan Budoff (2014)
  • Fred Wilson (2013)
  • Jonathan Gitelson (2013)
  • John Newman (2013)
  • Nina Bovasso (2012)
  • Conrad Bakker (2012)
  • Fred Tomaselli (2011)
  • Sebaastian Bremer (2011)