Visiting artists bring new 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:

jackie sumell

jackie sumell  on a porch with goodies in a jar

jackie sumell, (Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellow, Soros Justice Fellow, M.F.A.Stanford University, Multidisciplinary Artist, Prison Abolitionist - inspired most by the lives of everyday people) will visit the University of Vermont as part of the Mollie Ruprecht Fund for the Visual Arts Visiting Artist series on Wednesday October 27, 2021. She will present "Growing Abolition," a lecture presenting the interdependence of social sculpture, mindfulness practices, humanness, and prison abolition. On Thursday October 28, 2021, the artist will also offer "The Abolitionist's Tea Party" in the Francis Colburn Gallery - three social practice performances will take place as staggered gatherings where the artist serves apothecary teas and provides copies of her book "The Abolitionist's Field Guide."

A statement from the artist: Historically, plants are part of the resistance, communicating freedom and liberation. Plants, as healers and storytellers were used to map significant places along the underground railroad. Okra (ngombo), whose seeds were braided into the hair of the enslaved as they struggled to survive the abhorrent middle passage were then planted into colonized soil. Jackie asks, "How does the natural world endorse abolition as a strategy for liberation?" If we accept abolition as a commitment to ending cycles of harm, we can begin to see all the ways the natural world informs the tenets of human abolition. From the gardens we learn profound lessons in patience, interdependence, care and mutual aid. We learn about different relationships and boundaries. Abolition, like growing a plant, requires daily attention and care. Love, hope, compassion, social equity- like a garden - need time, patience, practice and nurturing to fully blossom.

Reggie Burrows Hodges

painting titled Arrest, 2019 by Reggie Burrows Hodges

Reggie Burrows Hodges (b. 1965, Compton, CA) is a Maine-based painter whose works explore storytelling and visual metaphor. Hodges’ works uncover universal subjects such as identity, community, truth, and memory, and often draw inspiration from his childhood in Compton. Hodges has recently gained recognition for his expressive, abstracted figurative paintings.

His work is held in the public collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, AR; Nasher Museum of Art, NC; The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Dallas Museum of Art, TX; Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME; and Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME, among others. Hodges is a 2020 recipient of the annual Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant. As the 2019 recipient of the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Fellowship in the Visual Arts, Hodges will be the subject of a solo exhibition at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Maine in 2022.

Sindhu Thirumalaisamy

Sindhu Thirumalaisamy, still from Different Colourful Designs, 2016

Thirumalaisamy‘s work across moving images, sound, and text is rooted in a critical listening practice. It engages common places such as hospitals, parks, streets, temples, mosques, and lakes, as sites of collective resistance and care, paying close attention to possibilities for speech and action with/in them.

Sindhu holds a diploma in digital video production from Srishti School of Art, Design, and Technology, Bangalore, and an MFA in visual art from the University of California, San Diego. She has participated in the Whitney Independent Study program, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, and the SOMA Summer program. She is a 2020-21 Core artist-fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Sindhu’s most recent film, The Lake and The Lake, won the Best Documentary Award at the 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival. Recent exhibitions include programs at Camden International Film Festival, Open City Documentary Festival, BlackStar Film Festival, DokuFest, Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), Kinodot Experimental Film Festival, EFA Project Space, Union Docs, Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Center, Artists’ Television Access, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Current: LA Triennial, The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and San Diego Museum of Art.

Jill Moser

Jill Moser, Borrowed Light, 2018-19

Moser is an artist whose work explores the intersections of painting, writing, and the animated image. Her paintings, drawings, prints, and artist's books have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States and Europe, and featured in prominent collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The National Gallery of Art, The Yale University Art Gallery, The Fogg Art Museum, and The National Library of France. Over the past two decades, Moser has made numerous print editions with Jungle Press, Burnet Editions, Wingate Studios, Landfall Press, Brand X, Collaborative Art Editions, and Manneken Press. She has worked collaboratively on projects with poets, artists, designers, and architects. She has taught at Princeton University, Virginia Commonwealth University, SUNY, and The School of Visual Arts and lectured across the United States. She lives and works in New York.

Past Ruprecht Visitors


Anila Quayyum Agha, Justine Kurland, Brett Hanover, Sindhu Thirumalaisamy, Reggie Burrows Hodges, Jill Moser, James Scheuren, Meg Lipke, Christina Labey, Heather Alexis Smith



Harlan Mack, Nicolas Maloof, Anita Jung, Sarah Rogers, Chloe Bass, Miguel Luciano, Devon Tsuno, Ujju Aggarwal, Laura Raicovich, Amber Bemak, Sophia Isaak, Ginevra Shay
Ron Jude, Justin Allen, Elana Schlenker, John Edmonds, Alex Dodge, Aruna D'Souza, Keliy Anderson-Staley



Estefania Puerte, Linda Weintraub, Torkwase Dyson, Noel Anderson, Michelle Leftheris, Suné Woods, Colin Matthes, William Wylie, Nicole Miller, Aaron Fowler, Mike Cloud
Ed Owre