Ruffin Distinguished Artist in Residence
The Peter B. and Adeline W. Ruffin Foundation established the Ruffin Distinguished Artist in Residence in 2012. The endowment created an annual teaching position designed to bring artists of significant international stature to the University on a rotating basis. Every year the newly appointed Ruffin Artist in Residence offers unique classes, gives a public lecture and has an exhibit or screening of their work for the university community. Throughout the academic year students have the opportunity to interact directly with the artist through seminars and critiques.
Current Ruffin Distinguished Artist
Marisa Williamson is an New York metro area-based multimedia artist. She has create site-specific works at and in collaboration with Mural Arts Philadelphia, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, Storm King Art Center, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Her videos, performances, and objects are exhibited regularly in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. She received her B.A. from Harvard University and her M.F.A. from CalArts. She was a participant in the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in 2012 and the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program in 2014-2015.
She has taught at Pratt Institute, the Brooklyn Museum, and is currently teaching media art at Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts.Website ->
Past Ruffin Distinguished Artists
Laura Doggett, Spring 2017
Terri Weifenbach, Spring 2017
J. Morgan Puett, Spring 2017
Mark Dion, 2015-16
Claude Wampler, 2014-15
Cindy Bernard, 2013-14