Brie Ruais (b. 1982, Southern California) lives and works in Cerillos, NM. She received her MFA from Columbia University's School of the Arts in 2011. Ruais’ movement-based practice is legible through the scrapes, gouges, and gestures embedded in the surfaces and forms of the ceramic works.  Each sculpture is made with the equivalent of her body weight in clay, resulting in human-scale works that forge an intimacy with the viewer’s body. Through her immersive engagement with clay, Ruais’s work generates a physical and sensorial experience that explores a new dialogue between the  body and the earth.


Her work has been exhibited at public institutions including the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA; The Everson, Syracuse, NY; The Anderson Collection, Stanford University, Stanford, CA; Musée d’art de Joliette, Joliette, Québec, Canada; The Southern Utah Museum of Art, Cedar City, UT; the Katzen Center at American University, Washington, DC and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Her first institutional solo exhibition, Brie Ruais: Movement at the Edge of the Land, opened in June 2021 at The Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University in Houston, TX. Awards and residencies include The Virginia Groot Foundation Grant (2021), The Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant (2018), The Sharpe Walentas Studio Program (2018), Socrates Sculpture Park Fellowship (2014), among others. Ruais' work is in the collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; Pennsylvania Academy of Art, Philadelphia, PA; TD Bank, US; Matamoros Art In Embassies Collection, Mexico; the Pizzuti Collection, OH; and the BurgerCollection Hong Kong. She is featured in Vitamin C: New Perspectives in Contemporary Art, Clay and Ceramics, published by Phaidon (2017).

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Born in 1982 in Southern California 

Currently lives and works in Cerillos, NM



2011              MFA, Visual Arts, Columbia University, School of the Arts, NY 


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



TD Bank, US Headquarters 

Burger Collection, Hong Kong  

Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX 

Fidelity Investments Corporate Art Collection  

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA  

Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH 

US Embassy, Matamoros, Mexico, Art in Embassies, US Department of State 



2024         Brie Ruais, albertz benda, New York, NY (forthcoming) 

                    ONENESS: Brie Ruais, Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA


2023         Daughter, You Seem Foreign to Me, Night Gallery, Los Angeles,


                    Penumbra, Seven Sisters, Houston, TX


2022         Plant Dreaming Deep, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, CN 


2021          Brie Ruais: Movement at the Edge of Land, Moody Center for

                                    the Arts, Houston, TX 

                    Brie Ruais: Some Things I Know About Being in A Bodyalbertz

                                     benda, New York, NY 

                     Brie Ruais | Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX 


2020          Spiraling Open and Closed Like an Aperture, Night Gallery, Los

                                      Angeles, CA 


2019            Brie Ruais: Ways, albertz benda, New York, NY  


2018            Gina Osterloh and Brie Ruais, GAA Gallery, Provincetown, MA 

                      Brie Ruais, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

                      Attempting to Hold the Landscape, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, CN


2017            Broken Ground, Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY 

                      Paper Covers Rock, Letha Wilson and Brie Ruais, September 

                                       Gallery, Hudson, NY

                      Squid Ink, Rosy Keyser and Brie Ruais, Romer Young Gallery, 

                                       San Francisco, CA 


2016             According to the Body, YoungWorld, Detroit, MI 

                       Where You No Longer Are, There is Your Desert, Thomas Hunter

                                      Project Space, New York, NY 


2015             130 lbs of Proximal Frontage, Mesler/Feuer with Nicole Klagsbrun,

                                     New York, NY 


2014             Dugout, Lefebvre & Fils, Paris, FR 

                        Brie Ruais & Anna Betbeze, Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA 

                        Brie Ruais, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, CN 


2013              XO, Nicole Klagsbrun, New York, NY 

                        Two Wholes, Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY

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



2023            This Earth, Concord Art, Concord, CT 


2022            EX-tend EX-cess: Metamorphosis in Clay, Towson University,

                                   Towson, MD 

                       Strange Clay: Ceramics in Contemporary Art, Hayward Gallery,

                                     London, UK 

                        Broken Open, MONA Portsmouth, New Hampshire  

                        Ceramics Now!, Galerie Italienne, Paris, FR 


2021             Clay Pop, Jeffrey Deitch, New York, NY  

                        THIS IS AMERICA, Kunstraum Potsdam, Potsdam, DE 

                        Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of

                              ScalePennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

                        This Earth: Notes and Observations from Montello Foundation

                              Artistscurated by Stefan Hagen and Hikmet Sidney Loe, The

                              Southern Utah Museum of Art, Cedar City, UT 


2020           Brie Ruais, Kimia Kline, Meghan Brady, Jennie Jieun Lee, and

                                   Jay Miriam, curated by Hillary Schaffner, Able Baker Gallery, 

                                   Portland, ME 

                       Formed and Fired: Contemporary American CeramicsAnderson

                                   Collection at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA  

                      Earth Body, curated by Karen Azoulay, Essex Flowers, New York, NY 

                    The Body, the Object, the Other, Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

                    Afterimages: Maude Bernier Chabot, Brie Ruais, Elizabeth

                                Zvonarcurated by Anne-Marie St- Jean AubreMusée d’art de

                                Joliette, Joliette, QuébecCN 

                    Majeure Force, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 


2019          Two x Two for AIDS and Art, Annual Contemporary Art Auction,

                                  Dallas, TX 

                     Earth Piece, Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York, NY 

                    Embodying Flesh, Fiber, Features: Brie Ruais, Martha Tuttle,

                                   Letha Wilson, Galleria Anna Marra, Rome, IT

                    Material Properties, albertz benda, New York, NY 

                    America Will Be! Surveying the Contemporary Landscape, Dallas

                                   Museum of Art, Dallas, TX 

                    Vanishing Act, Halsey McKay Gallery, Easthampton, NY 

                    Intimate Immensity, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art,

                                   Philadelphia, PA  

                     The Form Will Find Its Way: Contemporary Ceramic Sculptural

                                    Abstraction, curated by Elizabeth Carpenter, NCECA,

                                     Minneapolis, MN 


2018              Under the Night Sky, albertz benda, New York, NY 

                        Night, Shortly, Halsey McKay at Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, NY

                        Somatic Gesture, Romer Young Gallery, Minnesota Street

                                        Project, San Francisco, CA