Rebecca Ripple assumed the role of Visiting Artist-in-Residence of the Academy’s Sculpture department in August of 2017. She comes to Cranbrook from Los Angeles, where she has held teaching positions at California State University, Northridge, University of California, Riverside, and California Institute of the Arts. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from Yale University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture and Graphic Design from Alfred University.
Ripple attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and has received multiple awards including a C.O.L.A. (City of Los Angeles Individual Fellowship) and a Nathan O. Freedman Endowment for Exceptional Creative Accomplishments Award. A search for a permanent replacement for the Sculpture department is ongoing.
She has exhibited throughout the United States and in Italy, at venues including Klowden Mann, the Los Angeles Museum of Art, Kristin Engle Gallery, Rosamund Felsen Gallery and the Brewery Project in Los Angeles, the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Tilt Gallery and Upfor Gallery in Portland, Ludwig Drum Factory in Chicago, and many others.
Her work has been featured in Sculpture magazine, and reviewed in Los Angeles Weekly, the Huffington Post, ArtScene, Artillery, the Chicago Tribune, and American Craft.