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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.

Noteworthy Events

  • Olympic Sculpture Park
  • Ruffner Documentary
  • Urban Garden, Seattle
  • Huntsville Museum Exhibition

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.

"A Not So Still Life"

  • Co-winner of the Golden Space Needle Award, Best Documentary, Seattle International Film Festival, 2010
  • Named one of the 'Best of the Fest', Palm Springs Film Festival, 2010

A Not So Still Life peers into the kaleidoscopic mind of Ginny Ruffner, an artist as beloved for her magnanimous spirit as for her evolving “visual thought experiments.”


Click here to see a complete list of film screenings

Click here to visit the website for: "A Not So Still Life"


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.

Solo Exhibition: Aesthetic Engineering

Huntsville Museum of Art

Huntsville, AL

October 4th, 2014 - January 18th, 2015



Listen here as Ginny is interviewed on WLRH, Huntsville 89.3 FM, aired on Friday, Oct 3rd, 2014: Ginny Ruffner's Aesthetic Engineering Opens at Huntsville Museum of Art.

Watch here to view a video featuring Ginny and her new solo exhibition at Huntsville Museum of Art. Aesthetic Engineering: New Huntsville Museum of Art Exhibits Honors Genetic Research, David Kumbroch. WHNT Channel 19, Huntsville, AL, Oct 1st, 2014.

Image information: The Force That Shapes Seashells, 2006, stainless steel, bronze and glass. 43 x 60 x 30 inches.