Ruffner, Ginny
Ginny Ruffner

Ginny Ruffner is a glass artist in Seattle, Washington. She primarily uses the technique of lampworking. As of 2012, she has had 40 solo shows, several hundred group shows, and her work is in 42 permanent collections in museums around the world.
In 1991, Ruffner was involved in a three-car collision that almost took her life. She was in a coma for five weeks. Doctors thought she would never walk or talk again. The artist was in the hospital for five months and in a wheelchair for five years. The accident has left her with speech and walking problems.
She was profiled on the NPR show Weekend America on March 18, 2006. From 2012 her books and documentation were added to the permanent collection of Giorgio Cini Foundation's Centro Studi del Vetro (Glass Study Center) in Venice, Italy.
 

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)
Solo Exhibitions *indicates catalog
2014
                • Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL, "Aesthetic Engineering"
2013
                • Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID, "Aesthetic Engineering"
                • Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA, "Aesthetic Engineering"
                • Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA, "Further Experiments in Aesthetic Engineering; Paper, Glass and Bronze"
2012
                • Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID, "Aesthetic Engineering Series: Visual Thought Experiments"
                • Maurine Littleton Gallery, Washington, D.C., "Aesthetic Engineering Series: Visual Thought Experiments"
2011
                • Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA "Aesthetic Engineering Series: Visual Thought Experiments"
2010
                • Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue WA, "Aesthetic Engineering: The Imagination Cycle"
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
                • Ochi Fine Art, Ketchum, ID
                • 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
                • Woodside/Braseth Gallery, Seattle, 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 *
                • Woodside/Braseth Gallery, Seattle, WA
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

 

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