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:

Anila Quayyum Agha "Transcendent: Spirituality in Contemporary Art,"

Hidden Diamond: Yellow Transcendent: Spirituality in Contemporary Art, BCA Center Burlington, VT

Anila Quayyum Agha is a cross-disciplinary artist who explores global politics, culture, religion, and social and gender roles in her multimedia artworks. Her work has a simultaneous sense of alienation and transience, influenced by her experience with the boundaries between Islam and Christianity as well as the different cultures of Pakistan and the United States. She gave a lecture on January 29, 2020, at Williams Hall.

Aruna D'Souza: Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest in 3 Acts

Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest in 3 Acts book cover

Aruna D'Souza writes about modern and contemporary art; intersectional feminisms and other forms of politics; and how museums shape our views of each other and the world. Her most recent book Whitewalling: Art, Race, and Protest in 3 Acts (Badlands Unlimited) was named one of the best art books of 2018 by the New York Times. She gave a lecture at the Fleming Museum on October 29, 2019.

*book cover photo credit Aruna D'*

John Edmonds

Between Pathos and Seduction, Company Gallery, NYC

John Edmonds (b. 1989) is an American artist and photographer who first came to public recognition with his intimate portraits of lovers, close friends and strangers. His work explores themes of identity, community and desire. Noted for his highly formalist photographs in which he focuses on the performative gestures and self-fashioning of young black men on the streets of America, his work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Columbus Museum of Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, SFMoMA, and the Brooklyn Museum. Edmonds gave a talk at the Fleming Museum on October 3, 2019. 

Past Ruprecht Visitors


  • Anila Quayyum Agha 
  • Justine Kurland


  • 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