Brie Ruais (b. 1982, Southern California) received her BFA from New York University, and her MFA from Columbia University in 2011. Her work has been exhibited at institutions including the Katzen Center at American University, Washington, DC; Arsenal, Montreal; Museum of Fine Arts Boston; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Solo exhibitions include Cooper Cole, Toronto, Canada; Night Gallery, Los Angeles; Nicole Klagsbrun, NY; Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY; Mesler/Feuer, NY, USA; Lefebrve & Fils, Paris, France. Group exhibitions include The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; Maccarone, Sperone Westwater and Rachel Uffner in NY; Night Gallery and Marc Selwyn Fine Arts in Los Angeles, September gallery in Hudson, NY, Romer Young Gallery, San Francisco, USA and Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium, among others. Ruais is the recipient of the Sharpe Walentas Studio Program, the Dieu Donne Fellowship, Montello Foundation Residency, Socrates Sculpture Park Fellowship, The Shandaken Project Residency among others. Her work is featured in Vitamin C: New Perspectives in Contemporary Art, Clay and Ceramics, by Phaidon (Fall 2017).  She has an upcoming solo show at Albertz Benda gallery, New York, USA. Ruais currently lives and works in Brooklyn, USA.


Born 1982, Southern California, USA
Lives and works in Brooklyn, USA


MFA, Columbia University’s School of the Arts, New York, USA

BFA, Studio Art, New York University, Steinhardt School, New York, USA

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

Brie Ruais, Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University, Houston, USA (forthcoming)

Ways, Albertz Benda gallery, New York, USA
Brie Ruais
, The Armory Show, with Albertz Benda gallery, New York, USA

Gina Osterloch + Brie Ruais, GAA gallery, Provincetown, USA
Brie Ruais, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Brie Ruais and John Mason, Albertz Benda gallery, Dallas Art Fair, Dallas, USA
Attempting to Hold the Landscape 2016-2017, Cooper Cole, Toronto, Canada

Brie Ruais and Thomas Fougeirol, Albertz Benda gallery, Untitled Art Fair, Miami, USA
Broken Ground, Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, USA
Paper Cover Rock, with Letha Wilson, September, Hudson, USA
Squid Ink, with Rosey Keyser, RomerYoung Gallery, San Francisco, USA

According to the Body, YoungWorld, Detroit, USA
Where You No Longer Are, There is Your Desert, Thomas Hunter Project Space, Hunter College, New York, USA

130 lbs. of Proximal Frontage, Mesler/Feuer, New York, USA

Dugout, Lefebvre & Fils, Paris, France
Brie Ruais & Anna Betbeze, Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Organized with Nicole Klagsbrun, Los Angeles, USA
Brie Ruais, Cooper Cole, Toronto, Canada

XO, Nicole Klagsbrun, New York, USA
Two Wholes, Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, USA

Unfolding // Performing Sculpture, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, USA

Group Exhibitions

Musee Joliette, Joliette, Canada (forthcoming)

Intimate Immensity, curated by Alexis Granwell, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, USA
The Form Will Find Its Way: Contemporary Ceramic Sculptural Abstraction, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota, Minnesota, USA

Recognize you when she sees you, Give you things she has for you, September Gallery, Hudson, New York, USA
Under the Night Sky, Albertz Brenda, New York, USA
Night, Halsey McKay Gallery @ Susan Inglett Gallery, Susan Inglett Gallery, NYC, USA
Somatic Gesture, organized by Romer Young Gallery, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, USA
Clay Today, The Hole, New York, USA

NADA Miami, with Glen Baldridge and Eli Hansen, Halsey McKay Gallery, Miami, USA
True Lies, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
I GO, YOU GO, GOOD TO GO, Unclebrother (Gavin Brown’s Enterprise), Hancock, USA
Form of Touch, Curated by Becky Nahom, Pfizer Building, Brooklyn, USA
Resistance After Nature, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, Haverford, USA
New Ruins, Curated by Danielle Mysliwiec and Natalie Campbell, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington DC, USA
Six years of The Shandaken Project, Phillips Auction House, New York, USA
Post-Election, September, Hudson, USA

Breather, Laura Bartlett Gallery, London, UK
3 Sculptors, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY
Splotch, Curated by Eileen Jeng, Sperone Westwater, New York, USA
Blue Jean Baby, September, Hudson, New York, USA
Mal Maison,
 Curated by Ashton Cooper, Maccarone, New York, USA
Low, Curated by Ethan Greenbaum and Michael DeLucia, Lyles and King, New York, USA

Artists in Crafted: Objects in Flux, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
Road to Ruin, Cooper Cole, Toronto, Canada
Performative Process 
curated by Ryan Steadman, Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, USA
The Familiar and the Indefinable in Clay: The Scripps 71st Ceramic Annual, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Claremont, USA
Next, Arsenal, Toronto, Canada 
Geometries of Intimacy, 
Curated by Jess Wilcox and Clara Halpern, Abrons Arts Center, New York, USA
Socrates Sculpture Park EAF1 Exhibition, Long Island City, New York, USA
Next, Arsenal, Montreal, Canada 
A Topography of Chance, 
Curated by Jessica Silverman, Fused Space, San Francisco, USA
Speaking Through Paint: Hans Hofmann’s Legacy Today, 
Curated by Deborah Goodman Davis and Stacey Gershon, Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, USA

Ajar, Curated by Natasha Llorens, Reverse, Brooklyn, USA 
Come Together: Surviving Sandy Year 1, 
Curated by Phong Bui, Brooklyn, USA
Where The Sun Don’t Shine, 
Curated by 247365, Interstate Projects, Brooklyn, USA
Vessels, The Horticulture Society of New York, New York, USA
Exhibition Curated by Clarissa Dalrymple, 
Marc Selwyn Fine Arts, Los Angeles, USA 
Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, USA
Exhibition Curated by Clarissa Dalrymple, 
Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium 
Omar Khayyam, 
Eli Ping Gallery, New York, USA

NADA Miami Beach, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, Miami, USA 
AIRspace Artists in Residence Show, 
Abrons Art Center/Henry Street Settlement, New York, USA
Movement in Three Parts, 
Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, USA

BYTS Bosch Young Talent Show, Stedelijk Museum, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
Paul Clay, Salon 94 Bowery, New York, USA
Fabric as Form, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, USA

The Record Show, Public Fiction, Los Angeles, USA

Awards and Residencies

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

Sharpe-Walentas Studio program, New York, USA
Montello Foundation Residency, Montello, Nevada, USA

Dieu Donne Papermaking Residency, New York, USA

Anderson Ranch Arts Center Residency, Snowmass Village, USA

Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Fellowship, New York, USA
The Shandaken Project Residency, Hudson Valley, USA

Guest Artist Exhibition Series, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, USA

Abrons Art Center & Henry Street Settlement, AIRspace Residency, New York, USA

Vermont Studio Center, Sculpture Fellowship, Johnson, USA

The Philadelphia Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, USA



Sharon Mizota, “Brie Ruais puts all her body weight into each sculpture she makes”, LA Times, May 19, 2018
Jenine Marsh, “Brie Ruais”, Canadian C Magazine, Issue 138
Interview by Anne-Valérie Kirmann, “Brie Ruais”,, March 2018

Scott Indrisek, “10 Emerging Artists to Discover at Untitled Miami Beach”,, Dec 5, 2017
Loney Abrams, “Sculpting the Landscape: Brie Ruais on Using Clay as a Metaphor for Land’s Violent History”,, September 28, 2017
Martha Schwendener, “What to See in New York’s Art Fairs this Week”, New York Times, March 2, 2017
Julie Baumgardner, “A Guide to America’s Next Great Art Neighborhood”, The New York Times Style Magazine, Jan 11, 2017

Anthony Hawley, “Mail Maison”, Modern Painters, October/November, 2016
Paul Laster, “Weekend Edition: 12 Things To Do in New York’s Art World Before February 15”, The Observer, Feb 11, 2016

Ryan Steadman, “The Top Ten NYC Gallery Shows of 2015”, The, December 17, 2015
Ashton Cooper, “In The Flesh: Brie Ruais’ delicately bruised ceramics offer a gutsy take on the self-portrait”, Cultured Magazine, Fall 2015
The New Yorker, Goings on About Town, Shortlist, “Brie Ruais”, June 8 & 15, 2015
Dylan Kerr, “Full-Contact Ceramics: Sculptor Brie Ruais on Wrestling Conceptual Statements From Mountains of Clay”,, August 27, 2015
“If Walls Could Talk”,, May 5, 2015
Scott Indrisek, “5 Must-See Gallery Shows” Blouin, June 12, 2015
Dan Duray, “Untitled and Zack Feuer Galleries Will Merge on the Lower East Side,, March 11, 2015

James Trainor,, “Up and Coming: Through the Medium of Clay, Sculptor Brie Ruais Lays Herself Bare”, Oct 2014
Scott Indrisek, Modern Painters, “Kick it, Push it: A Sculptor gets physical with clay, Nov 2014
James Trainor, BOMB Magazine, “Brie Ruais, Artists on Artists”, Fall 2014
Scott Indrisek,, “Brie Ruais Get’s Physical with her Material”, Sept 9, 2014
Leah Ollman, The Los Angeles Times, “Getting Physical with Clay and Fiber at Marc Selwyn”, Aug 2, 2014
Roman Astrauskas, Magenta Magazine Online, “Ring of Desire: On Brie Ruais’ Nearly Torn Away”, May 2014
Kendra Jayne Patrick,, “Brie Ruais”, April 2014
Wendy Vogel, Modern Painters, “Brie Ruais, Reviews in Brief: New York”, March 2014
Modern Painters, “Hit List: Things We Like”, February 2014
Lilly Wei, Art News, “Claytime! Ceramics Find Its Place in the Art-World Mainstream”, January 2014

David Colman, Architectural Digest, “Art Scene: The Next Generation”, December 2013
Corydon Cowansage, Art, “Interview with Brie Ruais”, October 27, 2013
Abraham Adams,, Critics’ Picks, “Ajar”, October 30, 2013
John Arthur Peetz,, Critics’ Picks, “Where The Sun Don’t Shine”, July 18, 2013
Chloe Rossetti,, Critics’ Picks, “Vessels”, June 28, 2013
Karen Rosenberg, The New York Times, Art in Review, “Vessels”, June 20, 2013
Zoe Jellicoe, The Word, “Xavier Hufkens presents Clarissa Dalrymple”, Jan 22, 2013

2012, Weekly Artist Feature, June 4, 2012
Michael Wilson, Time Out New York, “Movement in Three Parts”, April 24, 2012
David Everitt Howe, Sculpture Center Tumblr, Dead Weight, June 2012

Joan Sherman, The Huffington Post, “Young Artists Look at Old Masters”, August 15, 2011
The New Yorker, “Goings On About Town, Paul Clay”, August 15, 2011
Roberta Smith, The New York Times, “Paul Clay”, June 3, 2011

Columbia Spectator, “Art Exhibit More Strange Than Standard”, April 4, 2010


Centering in on the Hold, Selected Stills 2011-2018, self pulished zine

Vitamin C: New Perspectives in Contemporary Art, Clay and Ceramics, by Phaidon Press, October 2017
Paper Covers Rock: Brie Ruais, Letha Wilson, designed by Grace Caiazza with Kristen Dodge, published by September Gallery, 2017

Emily Zilber, Crafted: Objects in Flux, Exhibition catalog by MFA Boston Publications, 2015
The Familiar and the Indefinable in Clay: The Scripps 71s Ceramic Annual, show catalog

Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1, editor Jack Flam

XO: Brie Ruais, Artist’s Book including a conversation with Sarah Sze, published by Nicole Klagsbrun, Nov. 2013


Visiting Artist Lecture and Critiques, St. Olaf College Department of Art, Northfield, USA
“Artist’s Eye: Brie Ruais on Beverly Buchanan”, artist led tour of Ruins and Rituals, Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA

Ceramics for Adults, Abrons Art Center, New York, USA

Visiting Artist Lecture, Critiques, and Workshop, Indiana University, Ceramics Department, Bloomington, USA

Visiting Artist Lecture and Critiques, Rhode Island School of Design, Ceramics Department, Providence, USA

Sculpture I, Columbia University, New York, USA

Visiting Artist Lecture and Critiques, New York Studio Residency Program, New York, USA

Visiting Artist Lecture, Adelphi University, Art Department, Long Island, New York, USA


Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, USA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Library Collection, New York, USA
National Gallery of Canada, Library and Archives, Ottawa, Canada
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), Philadelphia, USA


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