Ginny Ruffner

Ginny Ruffner - DECORATIVE DEW DROPS

Artist Statement

Ginny Ruffner is a Seattle artist whose glass sculptures helped create the field of lampworked glass world-wide.

“I find the description ‘glass-artist’ amusing.  It implies you are an artist made of glass,” mixed-media artist Ruffner laughs.  “And glass is only about twenty-five percent of what I do.  My art is thinking.”

Although Ruffner’s art is rooted in large-scale flame-worked glass sculpture, it incorporates paint, metal and other materials to tell a story.  Ruffner’s goal is to create accessible art that moves you beyond the initial beauty of the glass and into the world of a living piece of art. 

Biography


GINNY RUFFNER

Education

M.F.A. summa cum laude, University of Georgia, 1975
(Drawing and Painting)
B.F.A. cum laude, University of Georgia, 1974
(Drawing and Painting)

Honors

Seattle International Film Festival, 2010 Golden Space Needle Award, Best Documentary, “Ginny Ruffner: A Not So Still Life

Elected Fellow, American Craft Council, 2010

"Master of the Medium Award," James Renwick Alliance, 2007
"Seattle 100: The People, Places and Things That Define Seattle Design," Seattle Homes and Lifestyles, 2006
Artist Image Series, University of Washington Library, 2003
King County Arts Commission Honors Award, 2003
"Honorary Lifetime...," Glass Art Society, 2000
"The Libensky Award," Chateau Ste. Michelle and Pilchuck Glass School, 1999
Woman of the Year, Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA, 1996
"The First UrbanGlass Award for Outstanding Contribution..." UrbanGlass, Brooklyn, NY, 1995
Glass Eye Scholarship, Seattle, WA, 1993, 1994
Visual Artist Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C., 1986
National Endowment for the Arts/Southern Arts Federation Grant, 1985
Georgia Business Committee for the Arts Award, Atlanta, GA, 1985
Honorary Member, American Institute of Architects

Teaching / Residencies

Artist in Residence, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA, 1988, 1993, 2010

Artist in Residence, University of Hawaii, 2005
Artist in Residence, Waterford Crystal, Ireland, 2000
Artist in Residence, Hsinshu, Taiwan, 1999
Instructor, Université d'été, Sars-Poteries, France, 1990
Workshop Instructor, Ausglas Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 1989
Instructor, Penland School of Crafts, Asheville, NC, 1987; Visiting Scholar, 1979, 1983
Workshop Instructor, New York Experimental Glass Workshop (URBANGLASS) NYC, 1985, 1986, 1990
Workshop Instructor, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA, 1985, 1986
Instructor, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA, 1984-1990, 1995
Workshop Instructor, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA, 1984
Instructor, Summervail Craft School, Vail, CO, 1983
Workshop Instructor, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA, 1982
Adjunct Instructor, Art Department, Dekalb College, Atlanta, GA, 1977 (Painting, Art History)

Lectures

Master Artist Panel, “The Brychtova Forum: Women Artists Working in Glass – Celebrating Innovation and Vision Across Generations”, Seattle Art Museum, June, 2010

Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA, 2010

"Adventures of the Mind" Symposium, Institute of Advanced Studies, Princeton NJ, 2009
"Where The Paths Cross: The Art Of Science and the Science of Art," Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA, 2008
"Adventures of the Mind" Symposium, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, 2007
Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, Suffolk, VA, 2006
Salem Community College, Salem, NJ, ' International Flameworking Conference' (featured Artist), 2006
"Adventures of the Mind" Symposium, Stanford University, CA, 2005
University of Hawaii, 2005
Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA, 2005
Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL, 2004
Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC, 2004
Artist Image series lecture, University of Washington Suzallo Library, Seattle, WA, 2003
"Adventures of the Mind" Symposium, Seattle, WA, 2003
International Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA, 2003
Sculptural Objects Functional Art (SOFA), Chicago, 2002
Glass Art Society conference (Lifetime Award,) NYC, 2001
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, 2000
Hsinchu City Cultural Center, Taiwan, 1999
SOFA, Chicago, 1999
"Passion Afire," City Centre, Seattle, WA, 1998
International Sculpture Conference, Providence, RI, 1996
Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA, 1996
Seattle ArtFair, Seattle, WA, 1994
Kosta Boda Salute to Glass, Seattle, WA, 1994
Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art (SOFA), Chicago, IL, 1994
Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C, 1991
Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA, 1991
Otaru International Glass Festival, Otaru, Japan, 1990
International New Art Forms Exposition, Chicago, IL, 1990
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, 1990, 1991
American Craft Museum, New York, NY, 1990
Keynote Speaker, Ausglas Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 1989
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, 1989
Alfred University, Alfred, NY, 1989
Glass America, Heller Gallery, New York, NY, 1989
Glass Art Society Conference, Toronto, Canada, 1989
Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA, 1988, 1990
National Sculpture Conference, Cincinnati, OH, 1987
Olympia Museum, Olympia, WA, 1986
Glass Art Society Conference, Corning, NY, 1984

Solo Exhibitions

2009
Hawk Gallery, Columbus, OH, "Imagination Garden"

2008
Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA, “Nature Reveals Art: Aesthetic Engineering”
Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA *

2007
Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT
Imago Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

2006
Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, Suffolk, VA
Maurine Littleton Gallery, Washington, D.C.

2005
R. Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA*
Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA
Imago Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

2004
Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC
Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL
Virginia Contemporary Art Center, Virginia Beach, VA
Maurine Littleton Gallery, Washington, D.C.

2003
Imago Gallery, Palm Springs, CA
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Montgomery, AL
Maurine Littleton Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA
 

2002
Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2001
Heller Gallery, NYC
Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Maurine Littleton Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, MO

2000
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

1999
Maurine Littleton Gallery, Washington, D.C.
 

1999

Heller Gallery, NYC

Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO

1998
Meyerson/Nowinski Art Associates, Seattle, WA
Duane Reed Gallery, Chicago, IL

1997
Heller Gallery, New York, NY
Maurine Littleton Gallery, Washington, DC
Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Habatat Gallery, Boca Raton, FL

1996
Meyerson/Nowinski Art Associates, Seattle, WA

1995
Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Seattle University, Seattle, WA
Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle, WA

1994
Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle, WA
Betsy Rosenfield Gallery, Chicago, IL
Maurine Littleton Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1993
Heller Gallery, New York, NY

1991
Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle, WA
Maurine Littleton Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1990

Heller Gallery, New York, NY

Brendan Walter Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

1989
Sanske Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
Habatat Gallery, Detroit, MI
Maurine Littleton Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Habatat Gallery, Boca Raton, FL

1988
Heller Gallery, New York, NY
Huntington Museum, Huntington, WV*

1987
Habatat Gallery, Detroit, MI
Traver-Sutton Gallery, Seattle, WA, "Shared Secrets," (collaborative paintings with novelist Tom Robbins)

1985
Habatat Gallery, Detroit, MI
Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
David Bernstein Gallery, Boston, MA

1984
Georgia Tech Gallery, Atlanta, GA, "Recent Paintings"


Museum Solo Installations (* indicates catalogue)

2008
Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA, "Aesthetic Engineering: The Imagination Cycle" *

2005
Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA, "Creativity- the Flowering Tornado" *
Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA, "Creativity-the Flowering Tornado" *

2004
Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC, "Creativity-the Flowering Tornado" *
Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL, "Creativity-the Flowering Tornado" *
Virginia Contemporary Art Center, Virginia Beach, VA,
"Creativity-the Flowering Tornado" *

2003
Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA, "Creativity-the Flowering Tornado" *
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL, "Creativity-the Flowering Tornado" *

2001
Laumeier Sculpture Park Museum, St. Louis, MO, "The Beauty of the Creative Process"
Heller Gallery, NYC, "Pause"

2000
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, "Mind Garden"

1998
Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA, "Conceptual Narratives"
The Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark, "Large Conceptual Narratives Series: Another Beauty Trap"
Alexis Hotel, Seattle, WA, "Some Projects"
Meyerson/Nowinski Art Associates, Seattle, WA, "The Perception of Beauty/The Beauty of Perception"
Bryan Ohno Gallery, Seattle, WA, "Large Conceptual Narratives: Constructing a New Kind of Beauty"

1997
Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art (SOFA), Chicago, IL, "Large Conceptual Narratives Series: Maintain Your Vision"
Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA, "Shaping Beauty" (1996-97)

1996
Museo Correr, Venice, Italy, "Venezia Aperto Vetro" *

1994
Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA, "The Beauty Trap" (collaborative installation with Steve Kursh)

1990
Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., "The Possession of Creativity"
William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA, "The Pursuit of Beauty"

1988
Traver-Sutton Gallery, Seattle, WA, "Mixoglossia"

1987
Traver-Sutton Gallery, Seattle, WA, "Dreams That Have Had Me"

1985
Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA, "The Seven Stations of Intimacy"

1975
University of Georgia Gallery, Athens, GA, "Glass Constructions"

Selected Group Exhibitions

2010

Traver Gallery, “Women in Glass: Innovators and Visionaries”

Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle, WA, “Umbrella for the Arts: 40 Years of Bumbershoot Artwork”

Koganezaki Glass Museum, Shizuoka-ken, Japan, “Technique and Expression IV, Colors in Glass Art”

Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn, AL, “American Luster: Select Examples of Contemporary Studio Glass”

Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI, “A Glass Act: First Rate Glass from RAM's Collection”

Experience Music Project, Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame
"Taking Aim: Unforgettable Rock 'n' Roll Photographs Selected by Graham Nash"

2009
Hokkaido Modern Art Museum, Seto City, Japan, "The Finest Glass Works - from Galle to Today", traveling museum exhibition throughout Japan - Seto City Art Museum, Hitachi City Museum, Notojima Glass Art Museum and the Hatsukaichi Art Gallery
The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, "Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection"
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH, “Outside the Ordinary: Contemporary Art in Glass, Wood, and Ceramics from the Wolf Collection”
Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI, "Go Figure! The Human Form in RAM's Collection"
William Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA, "Inspiration"
Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI, "Hot Stuff from the Hothouse: Floral Images from RAM's Collection"
Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI, "37th International Glass Invitational Awards Exhibition"
Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA, "Contrasts: A Glass Primer"

2008
Montreal Museum of Fine Art, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, "The Body In Glass"
 

2008

Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL, "Eye Candy: Objects of Wonder and Delight"
The Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL, "Glorious Glass: Translucent and Opaque"
Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Stanford, CA, "Contemporary Glass"
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AK, "Hot Color, Cool Glass"
Koganezaki Glass Museum, Shizuoka, Japan, "Let’s Enjoy Contemporary Glass"
Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA, "No Joke: Selections from the Pruzan Collection" *

2007
Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA, "Anniversary Exhibition"
Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art (SOFA), Chicago, IL
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY, "Cheers! A MAD Collection of Goblets"
Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, "Viva Vetro! Glass Alive! Venice and America" *
Ochi Fine Art, Ketchum, ID, "Sculpture"
Museum of Design and Contemporary Applied Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland, "Permanent Exhibition of Contemporary Glass Art" *
The Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL, "Behind the Glass: Creativity and Collaboration" *

2006
Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA, "Contrasts: A Glass Primer"
Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art (SOFA), Chicago, IL
Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV, "Light of Day: Contemporary Prints and Studio Glass from the Permanent Collection"
Koganezaki Glass Museum, Shizuoka, Japan, "Implied Messages of Glass–Irony X Satire" *
Seattle Asian Art Museum, Seattle, WA, "A Transparent Legacy: Studio glass Gifted to the Seattle Art Museum from the collection of John and Mary Shirley"
Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI, "Let’s Enjoy a Laugh: Humor and Whimsy in RAM’s Collection"
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, "Glass: Material Matters"
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington D.C., "Women’s History Month Exhibition"

2005
Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI, "Magnificent Extravagance: Artists and Opulence"
Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, PA, "Well Hung: Chandeliers Revealed" *
Museum of Art and Design, NYC, "Dual Vision: The Simona and Jerome Chazen Collection"’*
William Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA, "2nd Annual World Glass Exhibition"
Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, "Fur, Fins and Feathers, Glass from the Rifkin Collection"
Koganezaki Glass Museum, Japan, "Glass Works of Women Artists"
Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA, "Dorkbot-People Doing Strange Things with Electricity 2" *

2003
Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, Il, "Flora"
University of Michigan, Dearborn, MI, "Five from Ten"’
Toledo Museum of Art, "Contemporary Directions" *
Riley Gallery, Kirkland, WA, "The Waterford Crystal Artist Residency Series"
William S. Fairfield Art Museum, Sturgeon Bay, WI, "American Studio Glass: A Survey of the Movement"
Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach, FL, "Fire and Form: The Art of Contemporary Glass" *

2002
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, "Selections from the Wm Block Collection" *

2001
City Space, Seattle, WA, "Northwest Masters"
Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA, "Some Assembly Required" *
Shanghai Art Museum, China Millennium Monument, "Contemporary Glass Exhibition" *
American Craft Museum, NYC, "Memories of Murano-American Glass Artists in Venice" *
Cheongju City, Korea, "2nd Cheongju International Craft Biennale" *
Susan Duval Gallery, Aspen, CO, "Gaia" *
Nancy Hoffman Gallery, NYC, "Objects of Desire"

2000
Nancy Hoffman Gallery, NYC, "Glass: a Celebration"
Lowe Art Museum, Miami, FL, "Splendor in the Glass" *
Musee des Arts Decoratif, Lausanne Switzerland, "Verre" *
Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Pittsburgh, PA, "Glass"
Sephora, NYC, "Aromatic Jewelry" *
Kentucky Art and Craft Gallery, Louisville, KY, "Millennium Glass" *

1999
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, "Treasures from the Corning Museum of Glass"
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ, "Selections from the Gerard S. Cafesjian Collection of Contemporary Studio Glass"
Queensland Art Gallery, Australia, "Luminous"
Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C., "Glass! Glorious Glass!"
Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL, "Clearly Inspired: Contemporary Glass Art and its Origins"
MH de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA, "The Art of Craft: Works From the Saxe Collection" *
Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL, "Reflecting the Past: Contemporary Glass In Context" *

1998
Imago Gallery, Palm Desert, CA, "Group Glass Exhibition"
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL, "Favorites: (Selected by Dale Chihuly)"
Smithsonian Institution SITES and USIA "American Glass Masters of the Art" *

1997
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI, "Recent Glass Sculpture: A Union of Ideas’*
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, "Glass Today by American Studio Artists" *
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, "Glass Today: American Studio Glass from Cleveland Collections" *
Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, "The Renwick at 25"
Hsinchu Cultural Center International Glass Festival, Taiwan

Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Lausanne, Switzerland, "Artistes Verriers Contemporains"
Ebeltoft Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark, "From Venice to Ebeltoft" (tours to Varberg, Sweden)
Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL, "Embracing Beauty: Aesthetic Perfection in Contemporary Art" *
Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ, "Calido!: Contemporary Warm Glass" *
Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN, "Masters of Contemporary Glass: Selections from the Glick Collection" *
Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art (SOFA), Miami, FL and Chicago, IL
St. Louis Art Fair, St. Louis, MO

1996
Archer Gallery, Clark College, Vancouver, WA, "Glass Evolutions"
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, "Studio Glass in the Metropolitan Museum of Art" *
Meyerson/Nowinski Art Associates, Seattle, WA
Museo Correr, Venice, Italy, "Venezia Aperto Vetro" *

1995
Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA, "Garden of Delights"
Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK, "National Ojects Invitational Biennial" *
American Craft Museum, New York, NY, "Breaking Barrier:
Recent American Craft" * (national tour includes the American Craft Museum, New York, NY; Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR; Madison Art Center, Madison, WI; Albany Art Museum, Albany, GA)

1994
American Craft Museum, New York, NY, "Form and Light, Contemporary Glass from the Permanent Collection"
Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA, "The Beauty of Painted Glass"
China Times, Taipei, Taiwan, "Taipei International Glass Exhibition"
Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA, "Wunderkamme" (curated by Maria Porges)

 

1993
Linda Farris Gallery, ArtFair Seattle, Seattle, WA
Bentley Tomlinson Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, "Contemporary Realism"
Taft Museum, Cincinnati, OH, "Tell Me A Story" (tour in Southeast Asia from 1993-1996, sponsored by USIA)
Tarble Art Center, Eastern Illinois University, "Material Vision: Image and Object" *
The Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, PA, "Umbrella Project"
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI, "Tiffany to Ben Tre"
Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL, "Glass From South Florida Collections"

1992
Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, FL, "The Pet Show"
Morris Museum of Art, Morristown, NJ, "Glass: From Ancient Craft to Contemporary Art" *
Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Bellingham, WA, "Clearly Art: Pilchuck's Glass Legacy" (national tour 1992-1996: Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Bellingham, WA; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH; Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA; Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ; Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA; Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN; Brunnier Gallery, IA, State University, Ames, IA; Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL; Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN; Museum of Art, Washington State University, Pullman, WA; Museum of History and Industry, Seattle, WA) *
Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian, Washington, DC, "American Crafts: The Nation's Collection"
Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA, "Works By Southern Women"
New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Newark, NJ, "Contemporary Glass Sculpture: Innovative Form and Expression"
Habatat Galleries, Detroit, MI, "20th Annual International Glass Invitational Exhibition"
Betsy Rosenfield Gallery, Chicago, IL, "May 1992 Group Exhibition"

1991
International Exhibition of Contemporary Glass, Rouen, France, "Le Verre"
 

1991

Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA, "Masterworks, Pacific Northwest Arts and Crafts Now"
Espace Duchamp-Villon, Rouen, France, "Contemporary Glasswork Art 1991"
Security Pacific Gallery, Seattle, WA, "Celebrations and Ceremonies"
Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle, WA, "Group Show of New Artists"
Habatat Gallery, Detroit, MI, "Glass International" *
West End Gallery, New York, NY, "The Americans: A Venetian Tradition"
Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Hokkaido, Japan, "World Glass Now '91" *
Azabu Museum of Arts and Crafts, Yokahama, Japan, "Glass Now '91" *
The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI, "Studio Glass: Selections from the David Jacob Chodorkoff Collection" *
National Museum of Ceramic Art, Baltimore, MD, "Personal Visions-Diverse Images"
The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN, "Glass Today"
Cheney Cowles Museum, Spokane, WA, and Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID, "Artists at Work"
Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA, "The Frozen Moment-Glass in the Northwest"

1990
Port of Seattle, Seattle, WA, "Pilchuck Glass Exhibition at Sea-Tac Airport"
Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA, "Pilchuck Print Exhibition"
James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, "Heal the Bay Surfboard Art Invitational"
Monica Borgward Gallery and Glassmuseum Immenhausen, Bremen, Germany and Lobmeyr, Vienna, "New Glass-Lampworked" *
Blum Helman Gallery, New York, NY, "Artists for Amnesty" *
High Art Museum, Atlanta, GA, "By the Hand: Twentieth Century Crafts"
Azabu Museum of Arts and Crafts, Yokahama, Japan, "Glass Now '90" *
American Craft Museum, NY, NY, "Explorations/The Aesthetic of Excess" *
Heller Gallery, New York, NY, "Glass America"

1989
Musée National du Louvre, Paris, France, "Craft Today USA." * (tour of twelve

European museums, 1989-1991; organized by the American Craft Museum, NY, NY)
 

1989

Heller Gallery, New York, NY, "Painting on Glass"

High Museum, Atlanta, GA, "Tradition/Studio Expression"
Heller Gallery, New York, NY, "Glass America"
Traver-Sutton Gallery, Seattle, WA, "Pilchuck Faculty Show"

1988
Museum of Modern Art, Hokkaido, Japan, "World Glass Now" *
Bellevue Museum of Art, Bellevue, WA, "Celebration"
Florida State University Museum, Tallahassee, FL, "A Generation in Glass Sculpture" *
Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Neenah, WI, "Studio Glass: A Collectors International Survey" *
Bellevue Museum of Art, Bellevue, WA, "Pilchuck School: The Great Northwest Glass Experiment" *
American Embassy, Prague, Czechoslovakia, "Pilchuck Glass Artists of the Pacific Northwest" *
Heller Gallery, New York, NY, "Glass America"
Traver-Sutton Gallery, Seattle, WA, "Pilchuck Faculty Show"
Habatat Gallery, Detroit, MI, "Glass National" *

1987
Darmstadt Museum, Darmstadt, West Germany, "25 Years-Glass as an Art Medium" *
Galerie Rob van den Doel, Hague, Netherlands, "American Contemporary Glass"
Habatat Gallery, Boca Raton, FL, "The New Aesthetic, an International Glass Invitational" *
Heller Gallery, New York, NY, "Glass America"
Traver-Sutton Gallery, Seattle, WA, "Pilchuck Faculty Show"
Habatat Gallery, Detroit, MI, "Glass National" *

1986
Heller Gallery, New York, NY, "Glass America"
Habatat Gallery, Detroit, MI, "Lampworking, An International Exhibit"
Huntington Gallery, Huntington, WV, "New American Glass, Focus West Virginia" *
Louisville Art Gallery, Louisville, KY, "Contemporary Glass"
Bellevue Museum of Art, Bellevue, WA, "Celebration"
State Capitol Museum, Olympia, WA, "Washington Governor's Invitational"
Traver-Sutton Gallery, Seattle, WA, "Pilchuck Faculty Show"
Habatat Gallery, Detroit, MI, "Glass National" *

1985
Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York, NY, "The Art of Wine" *
Kingsport Fine Arts Center, Kingsport, TN, "Southern Studio Glass/New Directions"
Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden, "American Glass: 20 Artists" * (tour to Finland and Norway)
Traver-Sutton Gallery, Seattle, WA, "Pilchuck Faculty Show"
Habatat Gallery, Detroit, MI, "Glass National" *

1984
Leigh Yawkey Woodsen Art Museum, Wausau, WI, "Americans in Glass 1984" *
Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, GA, "Georgia Glass" *
Heller Gallery, New York, NY, "Glass America"
Traver-Sutton Gallery, Seattle, WA, "Pilchuck Faculty Show"

1983
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, "Three Artists"

1982
Horizons Gallery, Mill Valley, CA, "International Sculpture Conference Show"

1981
Leigh Yawkey Woodsen Art Museum, Wausau, WI, "Americans in Glass 1981" *

1975
LaGrange Museum, La Grange, GA, "La Grange Annual Juried Exhibition," (Gregory Battcock, juror)
 

Museum Collections

Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Neenah, WI
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York, NY
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
High Art Museum, Atlanta, GA
Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan
Hsinchu Cultural Center, Hsinchu, Taiwan
Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN
Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV
Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
Koganezaki Glass Museum, Kamakura, Japan
Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC
Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, Montgomery, AL
Montreal Museum of Fine Art, Montreal, Canada
Musée of Design and Applied Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland
Museum of Art and Design, NY, NY
Norton Museum of Contemporary Art, Palm Beach, FL
Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA
Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL
Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia
Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY
Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
MH de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA

Public Collections

United States Embassy, Buenos Aires, Argentina (temporary)
Everett Cultural Commission, Everett, WA
Harborview Hospital, Seattle, WA
King County Office of Cultural Affairs, Seattle, WA
Microsoft Collection, Seattle, WA
Philip Morris Collection, New York, NY
Seattle Arts Commission, Portable Works Collection, Seattle, WA
Seattle Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Seattle, WA
Security Pacific Center, Seattle, WA
Swedish Hospital, Seattle, WA
United States Department of State, US Ambassador to NATO Collection, Brussels (temporary)
Washington State Art Commission, Olympia, WA

Public Art

Commission, “The Urban Garden,” corner of Seventh Avenue and Union Street in downtown Seattle, WA . Wind-powered and kinetic water feature, steel. Estimated date of completion, 2011. Commissioned by the Sheraton Hotel.

Commission, Detroit Symphony Hall, Donor’s Lounge, 2003, bronze stainless steel and glass sculpture, 6’8"h x 5’w x 15" d.

Artist on the design team, Bellevue Convention Center, Bellevue, WA, in collaboration with Kohn Pederson Fox Architects, New York, NY. Commissioned by the City of Bellevue, WA. A 112' x 44' sculpture of bronze and steel on the east facade responded to the essential nature of a convention center: communication. Visible from the adjacent expressway, the artwork addressed the vehicular viewer as well as the pedestrian. Project not built due to funding and postponed until 1996. In 1996, the project was to be resurrected and redesigned. It now consists of two 30' tall aluminum heads engaged in conversation with each other and with the street. Unrealized to date.

Machan School, Phoenix, AZ, a commission from the Phoenix Arts Commission. A barren playground was provided with an "oasis" including shade, seating, drinking water, a sundial and elements that acknowledge and celebrate the bilingual make-up of the students, faculty and neighborhood. Completed 1993.

Artist on the design team, Security Pacific Gallery, Seattle, WA, in collaboration with NBBJ Architects, Seattle, WA. Commissioned by Security Pacific Bank for a non-commercial gallery space in downtown Seattle. Responsible for facade redesign as well as artwork which included 3 - 16' x 8' bronze wings on the facade at various elevations and 6 - 16' x 2.5' laser cut aluminum panels forming a frieze across the front of the building. Completed in 1990, removed in 1997 due to building sale.

"Love and War," an outdoor experimental opera. Composed by Pete Leinonen, designed by Ginny Ruffner. To be performed in an exposed wall of underground Seattle, 4 stories high, 1 block long. Unrealized to date.

Artist on the design team for the redesign of South Park Community Center, Seattle, WA. In collaboration with ARC Architects. A One-Percent-for-Art project of the Seattle Arts Commission. Art includes: a 25 foot high steel portal, a site game consisting of 1000 different bronzes set in a 400 foot long sidewalk, and two locker room tile murals. Completed 1989.

Outdoor chalk installation (mural), funded by Cornerstone Development and Harbor Development, Seattle, WA. The mural is 150 feet long and 30 feet high. Completed 1987, destroyed in 1988.

Bibliography

Books

Outside the Ordinary–2009, Contemporary Art in Glass, Wood and Ceramics from the Wolf Collection, Amy Miller Dehan, 2009
Penland Book of Glass, Lark Books, 2009
Viva Vetro! Glass Alive! Venice and America, Carnegie Museum of Art, 2007
Contemporary Glass Art, Museum of Design and Contemporary Applied Arts, 2006
500 Glass Objects, Lark Books, 2006
25 Years of New Glass Review, Tina Oldknow, 2005
Sculpture, Glass and American Museums, Martha Drexler Lynn, 2005
American Studio Glass, Martha Drexler Lynn, 2004
Artful Jesters, Nicholas Roukes, Ten Speed Press, 2004
Through American Eyes, Two Centuries of American Art from the Huntington Museum of Art, 2003
International Glass Art, by Richard Yelle, 2003
Formed by Fire, B.S. Dunham, 2003
Women in Glass, Lucartha Kohler, 2003
The Sculpture Reference, Arthur Williams, 2002
Sculpture Beginnings, Arthur Williams, 2002
Contemporary lampworking: a Practical Guide to Shaping Glass, Scott Bandhu Dunham, 2002
Contemporary Glass: Color, Light, and Form, 2001
Object Lessons, Beauty and Meaning in Art, The Guild, 2001
Artists in Their Gardens, by Valerie Easton, Sasquatch Press Seattle, WA, 2001
Glass Art from Urban glass, Richard Yelle, NYC, 2000
Secrets of Aromatic Jewelry, by Annabelle Green, Flammerion, France, 1998
Koganezaki Glass Museum: Contemporary Glass Collection, with an introduction by Kyohei Fujita. Koganezaki Crystal Park, Komomura, Japan, 1997
Contemporary Lampworking, Bandhu Scott Dunham, Salusa Glassworks, Prescott, AZ, 1997
Neuropsychology: The Neural Bases of Mental Function, by Marie Banich. Houghton-Mifflin, Boston, MA, 1997
Glass Art, Peter Layton, University of Washington Press, Seattle and London, 1996
Pilchuck: A Glass School, Tina Oldknow, Pilchuck Glass School in association with the University of Washington Press, Seattle and London, 1996
Why Not?: The Art of Ginny Ruffner, Bonnie J. Miller with an introduction by Arthur C. Danto. Tacoma Art Museum in association with the University of Washington Press, Seattle and London, 1995
Modernism and Beyond: Women Artists of the Pacific Northwest, MidMarch Arts Press, 1993
Material Vision: Image and Object, Matthew Kangas, Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University, 1993
Clearly Art: Pilchuck's Glass Legacy, Lloyd Herman, Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Bellingham, WA, 1992
A Field Guide to Seattle's Public Art, Seattle Art Commission, Sasquatch Books, Seattle, WA, 1992
Out of the Fire: Contemporary Glass Artists and Their Work, Bonnie J. Miller, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, CA, 1991
The Beauty of Contemporary Glass, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, The Hokkaido Shimbun Press, Japan, 1990
Prism of Fantasy - From the Glass Collection of Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, The Hokkaido Shimbun Press, 1990
Artists at Work, Susan Biskeborn, Alaska Northwest Books, 1990
Contemporary Glass, Dan Klein, Rizzoli Publishers Inc., New York, NY, 1989
Expressions en Verre, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Lausanne, Switzerland, 1989
Glass Fantasia from Art Nouveau to the Present Day, Kyoto-shoin Publishing Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, 1989
Contemporary Glass: A World Survey from the Corning Museum of Glass, Susanne K. Frantz, Harry Abrams, New York, NY, 1988
Contemporary American Craft Art, Barbara Mayer, Peregrine Smith Books, New York, NY, 1987


Articles

2010

Glass Quarterly, “Reviews: Resonances in Glass” at the Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA”, Victoria Josslin, Issue 119, Summer 2010

2009
The Arts in Lakeland, FL, News and Info, "Polk Museum of Art Now Owns Two Chihulys and a Ruffner," Meredith Spresser, April 10th, 2009

Art Knowledge News, online magazine, "Polk Museum Acquires Two Chihulys and a Ginny Ruffner," April 13th, 2009
American Craft Magazine, "A Very Touchable Trio," Beverly Sanders, February 2009
Racine Post, "Go Figure! The Human Form at RAM," February 23, 2009
Seattle Times, "12 Minute Max," Michael Upchurch, February 14, 2009

2008
New Glass Review 27, "Recent Important Acquisitions," Corning Museum of Glass, 2008

2007
Salt Lake Magazine, "Creative Genes," Brittany Karford, December, 2007
The Salt Lake Tribune, "Joy and Science Burst from Ruffner’s Sculptures," Brandon Griggs, November 4, 2007
The Park Record, "Testing the Limits of Beauty," Anna Bloom, November 2, 2007
Tampa Bay Weekly, "Arts Center Features Contemporary Glass Works," January 3, 2007

2006
Chicago Tibune, "Dale Chihuly's hometown breaks away from the crowd", April 3, 2006
Sunday Gazette-Mail, "Our Art: 'Good Enough To Eat'", March, 2006
The Virginian-Pilot, Review of "Evolution of Beauty through Creativity," Teresa Annas, October 12, 2006
Suffolk News-Herald, "Well-known artist on display at SCCA," Ashley McKnight-Taylor, September 25, 2006
The University of Georgia, Lamar Dodd School of Art Newsletter, "Alumni Profile: Ginny Ruffner’s Flowering Tornado," Regina Hackett, Summer, 2006
Seattle Times, "An Overview of Glass from Near and Far," Matthew Kangas, May 12, 2006
Glass Art Magazine, "Flamework 2006: Part 1, Conversations with Seven Artists: A Collective Consciousness," Debbie Tarsitano, March/April, 2006

2006

South Jersey Weekender, "A Touch of Glass," Andrew Frankum, March, 2006
Seattle Magazine, "Heart of Glass," February, 2006
Seattle Homes and Lifestyles, "Seattle 100: The People, Places and Things that Define Seattle Design," Robyn Cannon, February, 2006

2005
Southwest Art, "Eternal Sunshine," Bonnie Gangelhoff, May, 2005
Southwest Art, "California," anonymous, April, 2005
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "Woodside/Braseth Broadens Its Scope in New Location," Regina Hackett, March, 2005
Art in America, "Report from Seattle," Janet Koplos, September, 2005
Art Guide Northwest, (cover) "Ginny Ruffner’s Flowering Tornado," Regina Hackett April-October 2005
Tacoma Weekly, "Bring on the Tornado," Diane de la Paz, July 21, 2005
Tacoma News Tribune, "Creative Art, Creative Living," Jen Graves, June 21, 2005
Seattle Times, "Over the Top with Ginny Ruffner," Sheila Farr, July 18, 2005
American Craft Magazine, Gallery, November, 2005
Seattle Homes and Lifestyles, "Gardening with a Bang," Linda Plato, September, 2005
Palm Springs Desert Life, "The Art of the Comeback," Steven Biller, February, 2005
Delta Sky, "City of Glass," Jonathan Lerner, February, 2005
The Press-Enterprise, "Artwork Radiates Vibrant Color," Mark Muckenfuss, February, 2005
The Press-Enterprise, "Artist Gets Her Exhibit," Wes Woods, February, 2005

2004
Seattle Woman Magazine (cover), "Beyond the Glass Ceiling," Leslie Forsberg, November, 2004
The Virginian Pilot, "Riding the Whirlwind," Teresa Annas, October 10, 2004
Petersburg Times, "From Tragedy, Beauty," Lennie Bennett, June 27, 2004
The Gamecock, "Creativity brings celebration of life to Columbia," Meg Moore, February 10, 2004
The State, "A Flowering Tornado," Jeffery Day, February 8, 2004
Free Times, "A Tornado of Creativity," Mary Bentz Gilkerson, March 3, 2004
The State, "Art in a Twist," Jeffery Day, March 7, 2004

2003
Chicago Tribune, "Chihuly glasswork showcased in Racine, WI," August, 2003
Flagpole, "A Flowering Tornado of Glass," by Debbie Michaud
New Glass Review 24, "Juror’s Choice," Corning Museum of Glass, 2003

2001
The Washington Times, "Out and About," September, 2001
Vetro, "ll Vetro et la Musa: l'arte di Ginny Ruffner," by Tina Oldknow, September, 2001
Glass, "The Pursuit of Beauty: Ginny Ruffner's Installations," by Matthew Kangas, #83, Summer 2001
Pacific Northwest, Seattle Times Magazine, "Artists in their Gardens" by Val Easton, January 21, 2001
American Craft, "Mind Garden," February/March, 2001
Glashaus, "Waiting for the fall," Geoff Wichert, January, 2001
New Glass Review 22, "Juror's Choice," Corning Museum of Glass, 2001

2000
School Arts, Kent Anderson, March, 2000
Neues Glas, "The Universe of Ginny Ruffner," Uta Klotz, April, 2000
Seattle Times "Steel 'beliefs' and rose-petal 'thoughts' grow in Mind Garden," 'Sheila Farr, November 2, 2000

1999
American Style, "In Living Color," David Berger, Spring, 1999
Craft Arts (Australia), "Luminous…and More," Glenn R. Cooke, issue 46, 1999

1998
The Atlantic Monthly, "The Art of Overcoming," Sheila Farr, November 18, 1998
Artweek, "A conversation with Ginny Ruffner, Artist," Frances DeVuono, October, 1998
Chicago Reader, "On Exhibit: the Artist and the Damage Done," Fred Camper, October 9, 1998
Seattle Magazine, "The Art of Living," Hope McPherson, February, 1998
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "Glass art becomes a carnival, stuff of lore," Regina Hackett, October 16, 1998
Glass Magazine, "Review," James Yood, #73, Winter, 1998,

1997
The Decatur Daily, "A Feast for the Eyes," Karen E. Kippen, June 15, 1997
Aorta, "Ginny Ruffner: Lost Venetians," Victoria Josslin, April/May, 1997
Glass Magazine, "Ginny Ruffner," Matthew Kangas, Spring, 1997
American Style, "Pilchuck Auctions Go Online," Harpers, Chaney Malone, Spring, 1997

1996
Art and Antiques, "Looking Beyond Seattle's Glass," Regina Hackett, September, 1996
Sculpture Magazine, "The Rematerialization of the Art Object," Matthew Kangas, July/ August, 1996
New York Times, "Breaking Traditional Rules on What Makes a Craft," Grace Glueck, July 5, 1996
The Glass Club Bulletin, "Ginny Ruffner," Summer, 1996
Artifact, "Why Not?: The Art of Ginny Ruffner," (book review), Greg Burkman, May/June, 1996
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 5, 1996
House Beautiful, Linda Dyett, April, 1996
Sculpture, Review, Matthew Kangas, March, 1996
Neues Glas, Karen S. Chambers, Spring, 1996
Seattle Times, "Lively by Design," Mark Hinshaw, February 25, 1996
Alaska Airlines Magazine, Review, Heidi A. Schuessler, February, 1996
Seattle Times, "Garden Grows from Artist's Fantasies," Robin Updike, January 7, 1996

1995
Glass Art, "The Flame Grew Brighter: A Lampworking Overview," Shawn Waggoner, October/November, 1995
New York Times Magazine (profile), "Starting from Scratch," Ellen Pall, September 24, 1995
Seattle Weekly, "The Fragile Brain," Sheila Farr, August 23, 1995
Seattle Times/Pacific Magazine, "Unbreakable," Paula Bock, July 16, 1995 (cover)
Health, "The Lost Art of Ginny Ruffner," Ann Japenga, March, 1995
Metropolis, "Universal Homework," March, 1995
Glass, "Ruffner/Kursh," James Yood, #60 Fall, 1995

1995
School Arts, "Contemporary Crafts," November, 1995

1994
Art in America, Review, Matthew Kangas, November, 1994
Glass, Review, James Yood, July, 1994
Seattle Times/Post-Intelligencer, ‘Ruffner finds different path to her art after accident,’ Robin Updike, February 13, 1994
Neues Glas, 'Manhattan of Glass,’ Matthew Kangas, January, 1994

1993
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, ‘An Artist's Renaissance,’ Regina Hackett, October 18, 1993
Departures, ‘Glass Art in the US,’ Donna Sapolin, April/May, 1993
No. 1 (Japanese magazine),’Glass and Art,’ 1993

1992
All About Glass, The Shinshusha Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, December, 1992
The New York Times, ‘A Celebration of a Milestone in Glass Artistry,’ Betty Freudenheim, 11/1/92
Seattle Times, ‘Injured Artist Ginny Ruffner's Alive and Getting Well in New York,’ Deloris Tarzan, 10/29/92
Reflex, Review of ‘Clearly Art: Pilchuck's Glass Legacy, ‘ Loch Adamson, July/August, 1992
Seattle Times, Review of ‘Clearly Art: Pilchuck's Glass Legacy,’ Delores Tarzan Ament, 7/5/92
The Herald ‘Making a Comeback, Artist Facing Challenges of Recovery,’ Pat Fitzgerald, 7/5/92
Alaska Airlines Magazine, ‘Out of the Fire: Expressions in Glass,’ Bonnie Miller, July, 1992
Sculpture Magazine, Review, Matthew Kangas, May/June, 1992
Glass Art, ‘The State of Public Art: How to Break into the Market,’ Shawn Waggoner, March/April, 1992
Self, ‘Design: Dream Space,’ March, 1992
Glass Art, ‘With Visibility Comes Greater Responsibility,’ Shawn Waggoner, January/February, 1992 (cover)
The Charlotte Observer, ‘Artist’s Condition Serious After Crash,’ Richard Maschal, 01/05/92

1992
Public Art Proposals, International Contemporary Art Fair, Yokohama, Japan, 1992
Neues Glas, ‘New Glass Review 13,’ 1992

1991
Chicago Tribune, Profile in "Women" section, 12/22/91
Artweek, ‘Review: Ginny Ruffner,’ Sheila Farr, 9/26/91
Seattle Times, ‘Free Form,’ Karen Matthieson, 9/5/91
House and Garden, ‘Glass Action: Ginny Ruffner,’ Pilar Viladas, September, 1991
Sculpture Magazine, ‘Commissions,’ Elizabeth Broadrup, June/July, 1991
Glasswork Magazine (Japan), Review, Karen Chambers, May, 1991
Neues Glas, ‘Lampworked Glass Outside Europe,’ James Minson, April, 1991 (cover)
Preview, ‘Absolut Art!’, Gretchen Lee, Spring, 1991
Glass Magazine, ‘Unraveling Ruffner,’ Matthew Kangas, Spring, 1991 (cover)
New York Magazine, ‘A Touch of Glass,’ Andrew Decker, 2/25/91
Bellevue Journal -American, ‘Art and Architecture,’ Loch Adamson, 2/13/91
The Journal of Art, ‘Looking at Glass,’ January, 1991
Neues Glas, ‘Glassworks Installation at the Renwick Gallery,’ January, 1991
Neues Glas, ‘New Glass Review 12,’ 1991

1990
Washington Post, ‘Through the Glass, Darkly,’ 12/31/90
The New York Times, ‘Glass in the Northwest,’ 12/30/90
Glass Magazine, Review, Bonnie Miller, Fall, 1990
Glasswork (Japan), ‘Ginny Ruffner,’ Bonnie Miller, August, 1990
American Craft Magazine, ‘Field of Dreams,’ Ben Marks, June/July, 1990
Landscape Architecture, ‘Playing with Public Art,’ Deborah E. Ryan, May, 1990
La Revue de Céramique et du Verre, ‘Ginny Ruffner,’ Carole Andrearin, Spring, 1990 (cover)
Seattle Times, ‘Glass art features many dimensions,’ Deloris Tarzan Ament, 3/14/90
Sculpture, 'Profile: Ginny Ruffner,' Jan Castro, March, 1990
New York Post, ‘Major Patron,’ 2/6/90
Fame, ‘The New: Ginny Ruffner,’ February, 1990
The Rock Hill Herald, ‘Outrageous,’ 1/18/90
 

1990

The Charlotte Observer, ‘Giving Meaning To Glass,’ Richard A. Oppel Jr., 1/6/90
Pacific Northwest Magazine, ‘Absolute-ly Ruffner,’ Julia Coffey, January, 1990

1989
Better Homes and Gardens, ‘Ginny Ruffner: A Glass Menagerie,’ Mike Butler, Winter, 1989
Detroit Free Press, ‘Ruffner's Sculptures are Funky and Personal,’ Marsha Miro, 12/15/89
Apartment Life, ‘Torch Bearer,’ Mike Butler, November,
Blick für die Frau, ‘Lebenslustige Glas-Objekte,’ 10/27/89
Seattle Times, ‘By the People, For the People,’ Terry Lawhead, 9/29/89
Glass Line, ‘Ginny Ruffner,’ June, 1989
Washington, ‘Laughing Glass: The Work of Ginny Ruffner,’ Susan Biskeborn, May/June, 1989
The World and I, ‘Ginny Ruffner, Provocative Glass Sculptor,’ Bonnie J. Miller, May, 1989
New York Times, ‘Delicate and Bold Glasswork Designs,’ 1/5/89
The Atlanta Journal, ‘High Museum's Craft Exhibition,’ Laura C. Lieberman, 1/3/89
Neues Glas, ‘New Glass Review 10,’ 1989

1988
Art Today, ‘Craft Art 1989,’ Barbara Mayer, Winter, 1988/1989
Glass Art, ‘This is Lampworking?’ Shawn Waggoner, December, 1988 (cover)
Pacific Northwest Magazine, ‘Taking Care of Business,’ October, 1988
New York Times, ‘Art, Fine and Applied,’ Ruth J. Katz, 9/15/88
American Craft, ‘Public Domain,’ Jenny Dixon, August/September, 1988
New Work, "Ruffner," Jessica Maxwell, July 1988
Atlanta Journal, "Studio Glass Poses Novel Possibilities," Virginia Warren Smith, 5/28/88
Seattle Times, "Ruffner's Lampworks Will Turn You On," Deloris Tarzan Ament, 3/18/88
U.S. News and World Report, "Handcrafted Investments," Miriam Horn, 1/18/88

1987
Sculpture, "Events," July/August, 1987
American Craft, "Portfolio: Ginny Ruffner," June/July, 1987
Arts and Antiques, "Sketchbook," May, 1987
Reflex, "Ginny Ruffner," Randy Gragg, January, 1987
Neues Glas, "New Glass Review 8," 1987

1986
American Craft, "NEA Visual Artists Fellowships 1986," December, 1986
Art in America, "Report from Seattle," Bill Berkson, September, 1986
Vogue, "New Trends in Glass," Barbara Plumb, Summer, 1986
Neues Glas, "Standards of Excellence," C. Edward Wall, Spring, 1986

1985
New Work, "Sculptural Glass," Karen Chambers, Fall, 1985
New Glass Review 6, Corning Museum of Glass, 1985

1981
Studio, "Glass South," Summer, 1981
New Glass Review 2, Corning Museum of Glass, 1981

Authored Publications

Glass Quarterly, “Reviews: Elias Hansen, ‘We Used to get so High’”, Ginny Ruffner, Issue 119, Summer 2010

The Imagination Cycle, Pop-Up book published by the Museum of Northwest Art, 2008
Creativity- the Flowering Tornado, Pop-Up book published by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 2003
"Introduction," Mondo Flamo by Robert Michelson, Web publication, 1998
"Introduction," Contemporary Lampworking by Bandhu Scott Dunham, Salusa Glassworks, Prescott, AZ, 1997
"Kari Russell-Pool's Fecund Fragility," Glass Magazine, Summer, 1996
"Introduction," Glass: Material in the Service of Meaning, Tacoma Art Museum in association with the University of Washington Press, 1991
"Speaking of Glass/Women Sculptors," American Craft, October, 1988
 

Non-Print Media

KUOW.org, "Seattle Artist, Ginny Ruffner, Stars In SIFF Documentary," Marcie Sillman, June 11th, 2010

KPLU.org, " Bold and Fearless: Glass Artist Ginny Ruffner," Jennifer Wing, June 2010

Thesunbreak.com, “SIFF Brunches, Presents Golden Space Needle Awards,” Managing Editor, 2010

Gene Stout, Feb 10th, "Graham Nash and Seattle artist Ginny Ruffner collaborate on EMP sculpture", 2010
Seattle PostGlobe, "'Taking Aim': EMP's exhibit of rock 'n' roll photos selected by Graham Nash," Gene Stout, Feb 6th, 2010
Americancraftmag.org, "A Very Touchable Trio," 2009
Sun Valley TV (SVTV), "Morning, Noon and Night," featured artist, 2007
The Scientist.com, "Aesthetic Engineering," 2007 Slideshow
Park City TV, "Aesthetic Engineering," Kimball Arts Center Exhibition, Park City, UT, 2007
National Public Radio (NPR), "American Weekend: A Charmed Life?," Featured Artist, Audio interview 2006
Yaletown Entertainment Corp., "Weird Homes: No Ordinary Address," 2001
KING 5 TV, "Evening Magazine," Featured Artist, Seattle, WA, 1999
Discovery Channel, "Lynette Jennings Design," Featured Artist, 1998
KBTC-TV (PBS) NW Business Week, interview with Marge Levy, Seattle, April 1996
Video by Lloyd Herman, "American Glass, Masters of the Art," Seattle, WA, 1996
Channel 7 News, "Positively Northwest," Featured Artist, Seattle, WA, 1995
CBS, "Sunday Morning: Art From Fire," July 1995
KING 5 TV, "Someone You Should Know," Seattle, WA, 1994
KCTS Channel 9, "Art Minutes," Featured Artist, Seattle, WA, 1993
NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai), Japan Broadcasting Corporation, "Otaru Workshop," Japan, 1990
"Security Pacific Public Art Project," video, Seattle, WA, 1990
KOMO TV, "Ginny Ruffner," Seattle, WA, 1990
KING 5 TV, "South Park Community Center Public Art Project," Seattle, WA, 1989
KCTS TV (PBS), "Nightsight," Featured Artist, Seattle, WA, 1987
Public Access TV, "Side Lights: Ginny Ruffner at Fay Gold Gallery," Atlanta, GA, 1985



 

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News and Press

JUNE 30, 2014

Mary’s Invitation– A Place to Regard Beauty by Seattle artist Ginny Ruffner provides a bench for visitors to rest, reflect, and enjoy the park

 

 

Ginny Ruffner

December 2013

Sun Valley, ID

 

Describe yourself in 5 words.

I KNOW YOU WANT STUFF LIKE-‘CURIOUS, PERSISTENT,FULL OF WONDER.’, BUT I THINK IT’S MORE SUCCINCT TO SAY ‘I MAKE COOL STUFF.’  BESIDES IT’S ONLY 4 WORDS.

 

Does your inspiration to create art come from a place of need or want?

NEITHER. BOTH WORDS IMPLY A LACK OF SOMETHING.  MINE COMES FROM A PLACE OF JOY.

 

What is the most memorable response you’ve had to your work? 

A 3 YEAR OLD FRIEND LOVED A PAINTING OF MINE AND WANTED TO EMULATE ME BY PAINTING AS WELL,, SO SHE TOOK  THE ONLY BRUSH THAT SHE HAD ACCESS TO (HER TOOTHBRUSH) AND ADDED HER CONTRIBUTION IN TOOTHPASTE.  HER PARENTS WERE HORRIFIED.  I WAS FLATTERED.

 

What is your dream project?

TO PAINT THE WHITE HOUSE PINK.  OR BLUE.

 

If you had to select one work of art as your favorite or most memorable created by an artist other than you, what is that work of art?

MARCEL  DUCHAMP’S ‘THE BRIDE STRIPPED BARE BY HER BACHELORS, EVEN.’

(See the work and explanation below questions).

 

What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

TAKE THE HIGH ROAD.

 

Do you have a Bucket List?

NO, WHY WAIT?

 

How do you bridge the difference between creating art and handling the business aspects of marketing it?  

BORING QUESTION.

 

Regarding this exhibition/body of work, what was your inspiration?Please elaborate. 

ADVANCES IN SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES.

 

 

The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Green Box), September 1934

Marcel Duchamp (French, 1887–1968)

Box containing collotype reproductions on various papers

Overall: 13 x 11 1/8 x 1 in. (33 x 28.3 x 2.5 cm)

Anonymous Gift, 2002 (2002.42a–vvvv)

© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Succession Marcel Duchamp

Not on view   Last Updated September 4, 2013

 

The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Green Box) (1934) is a limited edition of notes on scraps of paper that details Duchamp's own explication of his masterpiece The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass) (1915–23). A compilation of the artist's creative thought process during the conception (while in Paris and New York) and execution (while in New York) of The Large Glass, it is an essential counterpart to the material work it describes verbally. Containing one color plate, ninety-three notes, and photographs and facsimiles by Duchamp, the green-flocked cardboard box—produced in an edition of 320—provides valuable insight into how Duchamp developed and arrived at his legendary mechanomorphic style. Though each Green Box is organized in no particular order, there is an obsessive and disciplined quality to this project, due to Duchamp's insistence that he himself reproduce each edition by hand. Duchamp viewed the contents of The Green Box as more than a mere guide to understanding The Large Glass. Put differently, The Green Box was not a key to unlocking the secrets of The Large Glass but, rather, a verbal version of the graphic masterpiece. For Duchamp, The Large Glass represented a compilation of his ideas rendered visually; The Green Box was thus the verbal complement.

 

 

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