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Ginny Ruffner

Ginny Ruffner is a Seattle artist who works in a variety of media.  Her glass sculptures helped create the field of torchworked glass art world-wide. Besides images of other artworks, this website contains images of the 30 foot tall, kinetic water feature she created in downtown Seattle. There are images of metal sculptures, glass sculptures, paintings, public art, pop-up books, and commissions.  A resume provides a list of the museums in which Ruffner’s work is included. The ‘NOTEWORTHY EVENTS’ section below explores some of the ongoing projects and events.

Current Projects

  • Aesthetic Engineered Poetic Hybrids



    Poetic Hybrids is a two-day installation at the Seattle Art Museum. Originally inspired by interviews with genetic research scientists, Poetic Hybrids incorporates real time human creation with augmented reality to illustrate improbable hybrids with holograms. This project gives the audience an opportunity to influence the creation of holographic sculptures, first by choosing the components and then by ‘painting’ on the holograms.



    Thursday, September 1                          2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Friday, September 2                                Noon – 5:00 pm



    Seattle Art Museum, 1300 1st Ave. (Brotman Forum in the First Ave lobby)



    Ginny Ruffner is a Seattle artist who has had 74 solo shows, several hundred group shows, and her work is in 53 permanent museum and public collections around the world.Seattle public art installations include a 30-foot tall kinetic water feature downtown and a permanent installation in the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park. She has written two books and been the subject of an award winning, full-length documentary titled “A Not So Still Life, the Ginny Ruffner Story”.

    Grant Kirkpatrick is an emerging animator and new media artist based in Seattle. After studying at Cornish College of the Arts for three years, he graduated with a focus on motion design and animation. Coming from a fine arts background, Grant Kirkpatrick has considerable interest in the intersection of art and technology, particularly VR/AR, game design, and mixed media work. 

    Ray Freeman is an award-winning architect who has practiced in Seattle for more than 30 years, both through his former firm, WORKSHOP 3D Design Studio, and through collaborations with others. He was the founder of CyberToys, Inc., where he produced multi-media software for LEGO, the White House, and Autodesk. He is a former President and current Publisher at CoCA, where he recently produced the exhibition and publication "Pop-Up (AR)t", featuring augmented reality models by 18 artists from around the world, collaborating with many of them on their artwork.

    Dorit Ely is a graphic artist and designer in Ballard, WA. She has a background in sculptural glass arts, with a BFA from CCA, CA. She was a staff member and instructor at Pilchuck Glass School. She was represented by Traver Gallery, exhibited mixed media work at Grover Thurston Gallery, and exhibited nationally. As a designer, she has created for non-profit arts and corporate clients alike, currently designing a card and product line with Shannon Martin Studio for Madison Park Greeting.

    Genevieve Tremblay is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, curator and community catalyst. Throughout her career, she has pushed the boundaries of technology, moving the art experience from formalized spaces into the public realm. She builds community networks of innovators and ignites collaborations at the intersections of arts, science and emerging technologies. Genevieve is an Assistant Professor of Design at Cornish College of the Arts. In her current role as Interim Chair (Creative Corridor), she is leading the development and implementation of a new, interdisciplinary elective program.

    Rhonda J. Sable has been involved in the arts for close to 30 years, both as an administrator and a performer, and is currently the Studio Manager for Ginny Ruffner Studios.  She was the Company Manager for world-renowned juggling/ theatre/ comedy troupe, The Flying Karamazov Brothers from 1990 through 2006.  Rhonda helped to build and grow Seattle’s own comedy, varietè extravaganza, The Moisture Festival, up until 2013 as their Director of Smooth Operations and has been the Guest Relations Manager for The Seattle International Film Festival since 2007.  She is committed to creating unforgettable experiences for diverse groups of people through established and not-yet-envisioned art forms.



    SAM is the first location that Poetic Hybrids will be performed.  Future (2017) venues include Cornish College of the Arts, University of Washington- Genetics Department, the Institute for Systems Biology, and Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology. Check our website for exact dates.



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Noteworthy Events

  • Olympic Sculpture Park
  • Urban Garden, Seattle
  • Chandelier commission for Huntsville Museum of Art

Olympic Sculpture Park

Bench drawing and modelSeattle Art Museum, Commission

To celebrate the life of arts patron Mary Shirley, Seattle Art Museum has commissioned Ruffner to create a place at Olympic Sculpture Part to rest, reflect, and enjoy the park. Located slightly north of the Pavilion on the upper Z path, with a spectacular view of the sculpture park. Completed June, 2014.

Aluminum with bronze patina. Dimensions: 4 feet high x 9 feet long x 3 feet deep.

Urban Garden

Downtown, Seattle, WA

Located at the NW corner of 7th Avenue & Union Street in downtown Seattle. Several types of giant flowers will bloom atop a large (9' tall x 7' wide) steel flowerpot. In the course of a 15 minute cycle, after they are periodically watered by a watering can, the stalk of blue flowers will open and close. A viewing window will enable viewers to see the interior mechanisms at work. The flowerpot saucer will provide seating, as well as nearby benches. Completed July, 2011.

Commissioned chandelier for Huntsville Museum of ArtCommission for Women's Guild of Huntsville Museum of Art to commemorate their 50th anniversary

Installed July 2016


Dimensions:  8' X 6' X 8'

Materials:  Steel & glass

Created in collaboration with George C. Scott Studios