Photography:  Rafael Soldi   ©   2016       CONTACT:    mrupard@pratt.edu    (484) 772-0501

Photography: Rafael Soldi © 2016

 

CONTACT:

mrupard@pratt.edu

(484) 772-0501

My work attempts to extract the emotional content of narrative without explicitly defining what that narrative is. In my paintings and drawings, I am aggressively exploring the presence of time in the still image and the concept of “objective correlative”—that a combination of objects or figures can evoke specific but not pre-determined emotions in the viewer. Through both personal observation and the slow, meticulous build-up of a fictional world, I’m looking for potential connections between the violent and peaceful, the old world and the new, the miraculous and the mundane.

 

EDUCATION

MFA candidate at Pratt Institute, 2019

BFA Studio Arts, Honors, Brigham Young University, 2016

 

EXHIBITIONS & PUBLICATIONS

July 2018 - "The Spirit World," Group Show, Writ & Vision Gallery, Provo, UT 

May 2018 - Paintings exhibited in "Lust for Life," Group Show, Acumen Galleries, 630 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.

January 2018 - Paintings published in Inscape: A Journal of Literature and Art, Fall 2017.

Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 - Pratt MFA Open Studios, Brooklyn, NY.

August 2017 - "Flora: Paintings and Drawings of Women", Solo Show, Scissor and Bone Gallery, 600 N State St, Orem, Utah.

March - May 2017 - Exhibited and Curated "The Great Good Place," Group Show, Alice Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah. Review at 15 Bytes, Utah's Art Magazine.

Fall 2016 - Painting published in Exponent II Magazine, Fall 2016.

August 2016 - "NASAD Show" at 303 Gallery, Brigham Young University.

January 2016 - Paintings published in Inscape: A Journal of Literature and Art, Fall 2015.

December 2015 - “Flatlands” BFA Exhibition,  B. F. Larsen Gallery, Brigham Young University.

July 2015 - “Get it Together” group show, Gallery Gallery 670 N 800 E Provo, Utah.

May 2015 -  “Horrorshow: Fear and the Abject,” Group Show at Gallery Gallery, 670 N 800 E Provo, Utah.

April 2015 - “The Soft Arts present Hot and Ready: The Cult of Pizza” Group Show, in 286 Gallery, Provo, Utah.

April 2015 - BYU Open Studios, BYU, Provo, UT.

February 2015 - "Proximity," Group Show, 286 Gallery, Provo, Utah.

November 2014 - “Running Parallel” Group Show, 303 Gallery, Brigham Young University.

November 2014 - “Open Studio”, Jesse Knight Building, BYU

Fall 2012 - Participated in Stockhausen performance as painter with Brigham Young University Department of Music

 

AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

Spring 2018 - Recipient of the Howard Memorial Scholarship and the Calrow Memorial Scholarship through Pratt Institute.

Fall 2017 - Recipient of Pratt Institute Merit Scholarship.

Spring 2016 - Inscape Fine Arts Award for Inscape: A Journal of Literature and Art.

February 2016 - Vermont Studio Center Residency, Johnson, VT

September 2015 - Recipient of Oscarson Discovery Grant from College of Fine Arts, Brigham Young University.

Spring 2015 - Recipient of Talent Award Scholarship for Studio Arts from the BYU Department of Art.

Spring 2012 - Recipient of the Will Ward Scholarship and the George and Geraldine Watkins Scholarship through Brigham Young University.