Kimmel Foundation Emerging Artist - Visual Award
Sophia Ruppert earned a BFA in Sculpture and a BA in Art History from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and is currently working toward an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Ruppert’s work has been exhibited nationally in galleries and museums including the Alexandria Museum of Art in Alexandria, Louisiana; the Lee Dam Art Center in Maryville, Kansas; The Virago in Contemporary Art and Adornment in Seattle, Washington; Art St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri; and the Rockford Art Museum in Rockford, Illinois. Her notable awards include the Dan and Barbara Creative Achievement Award, the Othmer Fellowship, the Provost Scholarship, and the Cedar Point Residency Scholarship. In 2019, she received the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts Scholarly and Creative Activity Grant for her Thesis Exhibition proposal.