Brie Ruais (b. 1982, Southern California, California, USA) makes sculptural works that contemplate the relationship between body and labour. Her process involves sculpturally recording her own labour by pressing her weight into masses of clay, a gesture that the artist calls “a confrontation with my own body.” The forms that take shape eschew visual representation and instead reflect on points of contact and resistance. In 2018, Ruias made a series of porcelain vessels that inverted her treatment of negative space. Considering the vessels as stand-ins for the body, these works explore issues of display and agency.

Ruais received her MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts in 2011 and her BFA from New York University in 2004. She has exhibited internationally in museums and galleries including Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles (2020); Albertz Benda Gallery, New York (2019); Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia (2019); Night Gallery, Los Angeles (2018); Cooper Cole, Toronto (2018); Hunter College, New York (2016); Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2015); Lefebvre & Fils, Paris (2014); Interstate Projects, Brooklyn (2013); and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2011); among others. On the occasion of her solo exhibition, Nicole Klagsbrun published Ruais’ artist book, XO, which includes her resource photographs and an interview with Sarah Sze. Ruais currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, USA.


Brie Ruais

Born 1982, Southern California, USA

Lives and works in Brooklyn, USA


2011 MFA, Columbia University’s School of the Arts, New York, USA

2004 BFA, Studio Art, New York University, Steinhardt School, New York,


Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

Brie Ruais, Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, Houston, USA (forthcoming)
Brie Ruais, Albertz Benda Gallery, New York, USA (forthcoming)

Brie Ruais, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (forthcoming)

2019 Ways, Albertz Benda gallery, New York, USA

2018 Gina Osterloch + Brie Ruais, GAA gallery, Provincetown, USA

Brie Ruais, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

Attempting to Hold the Landscape 2016-2017, Cooper Cole, Toronto, Canada

2017 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, 


2016 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

2015 130 lbs. of Proximal Frontage, Mesler/Feuer, New York, USA

2014 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

2013 XO, Nicole Klagsbrun, New York, USA

Two Wholes, Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, USA 

2012 Unfolding // Performing Sculpture, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, USA

Group Exhibitions

Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, USA (forthcoming)

Majeure Force, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Formed and Fired: Contemporary American Ceramics, The Anderson Collection, Stanford University, Stanford, USA
Earth Body, Essex Flowers, New York, USA
The Body, The Object, The Other, Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles, USA.
Images rémanentes. Musée d’art de Joliette. Joliette, CA

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

2018 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

2017 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

2016 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

2015 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

2014 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

2013 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

2012 AIRspace Artists in Residence Show, Abrons Art Center/Henry Street Settlement, New York, USA
Movement in Three Parts, 
Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, USA

2011 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

2010 The Record Show, The Museum of Public Fiction, Los Angeles, USA

Art Fairs

2020 Frieze London Online Viewing Rooms, London, UK
2019 Brie Ruais, The Armory Show, with Albertz Benda Gallery, New York, USA

2017 NADA Miami, with Glen Baldridge and Eli Hansen, Halsey McKay Gallery, Miami, USA

Brie Ruais and Thomas Fougeirol, Albertz Benda gallery, Untitled Art Fair, Miami, USA

2012 NADA Miami Beach, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, Miami, USA 

Awards and Residencies

2018 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
2017 Sharpe-Walentas Studio program, New York, USA

Montello Foundation Residency, Montello, Nevada, USA

2016 Dieu Donne Papermaking Residency, New York, USA

2015 Anderson Ranch Arts Center Residency, Snowmass Village, USA

2014 Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Fellowship, New York, USA
The Shandaken Project Residency, Hudson Valley, USA

2012 Guest Artist Exhibition Series, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, USA

2011 Abrons Art Center & Henry Street Settlement, AIRspace Residency, New York, USA

2008 Vermont Studio Center, Sculpture Fellowship, Johnson, USA

2005 The Philadelphia Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, USA



“In Conversation with Brie Ruais,” Frieze London (online)
Jodi Throckmorton, Frauke V. Josenhans, Martha Tuttle, “Inside Burger Collection: Terrestrial Affair, Brie Ruais” Art Asia Pacific Magazine, May-June 2020
Annabel Osberg, “Amid Social Distancing, Clay is a Unifying Medium” AEQAI, March 28, 2020

2019 Edith Newhall, “Intimacy writ large” The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 24, 2019
Susan Isaacs, “Works by (mostly) women, sensual, whimsical, powerful, in ‘Intimate Immensity’ at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts,, March 27, 2019

2018 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
Jeff Lincoln, “Breakthrough Artist: Veteran LA Artist John Mason wields decades of influence — from James Turrell to Sterling Ruby,, p. 140, Spring Issue

2017 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

2016 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

2015 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

2014 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 

2013 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

2011 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

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


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

2017 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

2015 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

2014 Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1, editor Jack Flam

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


2017 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

2016 Ceramics for Adults, Abrons Art Center, New York, USA

2015 Visiting Artist Lecture, Critiques, and Workshop, Indiana University, Ceramics Department, Bloomington, USA

2014 Visiting Artist Lecture and Critiques, Rhode Island School of Design, Ceramics Department, Providence, USA

2013 Sculpture I, Columbia University, New York, USA

2012 Visiting Artist Lecture and Critiques, New York Studio Residency Program, New York, USA

2011 Visiting Artist Lecture, Adelphi University, Art Department, Long Island, New York, USA


Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, USA

Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, Arkensas

Matamoros Art in Embassies Collection, Mexico

Burger Collection, Hong Kong

Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), Philadelphia, USA

Fidelity Investments, Boston

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Library Collection, New York, USA
National Gallery of Canada, Library and Archives, Ottawa, Canada


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