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Lectures

  • Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle, WA, 2015
  • CERF Panel and Plenary/Keynote Speaker, Grantmakers In the Arts Conference (GIA), Houston, TX, 2014 (click here to watch Ruffner's presentation)
  • Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL, 2014
  • Museum of Glass,Tacoma, WA, 2014
  • Museum of Glass,Tacoma, WA, 2013
  • International Society of Glass Beadmakers, Bellevue, WA, July 27, 2012
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Association of Washington, Seattle, WA, May 4, 2012
  • TEDx The Conversation Continues, Seattle, WA, Dec 1st, 2011
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Association of Washington, Seattle, WA, October, 2011
  • "Sustenance: Money and Creativity", guest panelist, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA, June 28th, 2011
  • Glass Art Society conference (GAS), Seattle, WA, 2011
  • National Art Educators Association convention (NAEA), Seattle, WA, 2011
  • Sculptural Objects Functional Art (SOFA), Chicago, IL, 2010
  • Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA, 2010
  • Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA, 2010
  • Princeton Art Museum, Princeton, NJ, 2009
  • "Adventures of the Mind" Symposium, Institute of Advanced Studies, Princeton, NJ, 2009
  • "Where The Paths Cross: The Art Of Science and the Science of Art," Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA, 2008
  • "Adventures of the Mind" Symposium, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, 2007
  • Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, Suffolk, VA, 2006
  • Salem Community College, 'International Flameworking Conference' (featured Artist), Salem, NJ, 2006
  • "Adventures of the Mind" Symposium, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, 2005
  • University of Hawaii, 2005
  • Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA, 2005
  • Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL, 2004
  • Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC, 2004
  • Artist Image series lecture, University of Washington Suzallo Library, Seattle, WA, 2003
  • "Adventures of the Mind" Symposium, Seattle, WA, 2003
  • International Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA, 2003
  • Sculptural Objects Functional Art (SOFA), Chicago, IL, 2002
  • Glass Art Society conference (Lifetime Award,) New York, NY, 2001
  • Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, 2000
  • Hsinchu City Cultural Center, Taiwan, 1999
  • Sculptural Objects Functional Art (SOFA), Chicago, IL, 1999
  • "Passion Afire," City Centre, Seattle, WA, 1998
  • International Sculpture Conference, Providence, RI, 1996
  • Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA, 1996
  • Seattle Art Fair, Seattle, WA, 1994
  • Kosta Boda Salute to Glass, Seattle, WA, 1994
  • Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art (SOFA), Chicago, IL, 1994
  • Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C, 1991
  • Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA, 1991
  • Otaru International Glass Festival, Otaru, Japan, 1990
  • International New Art Forms Exposition, Chicago, IL, 1990
  • Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, 1990, 1991
  • American Craft Museum, New York, NY, 1990
  • Keynote Speaker, Ausglas Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 1989
  • Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, 1989
  • Alfred University, Alfred, NY, 1989
  • Glass America, Heller Gallery, New York, NY, 1989
  • Glass Art Society Conference, Toronto, Canada, 1989
  • Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA, 1988, 1990
  • National Sculpture Conference, Cincinnati, OH, 1987
  • Olympia Museum, Olympia, WA, 1986
  • Glass Art Society Conference, Corning, NY, 1984