Brie Ruais (b. 1982, Southern California) is a Brooklyn-based artist whose sculptures in clay and paper pulp are proximal studies in causality; the transformation of the artist’s own body weight into form and the recorded experiences of an intensely physical process of motion and impact. She has exhibited widely, including the solo exhibitions Brie Ruais at Night Gallery in Los Angeles; Attempting to Hold the Landscape at Cooper Cole, Toronto, Canada; Broken Ground at Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY; 130 lbs. of Proximal Frontage at Mesler/Feuer, New York; and XO at Nicole Klagsbrun, New York. She is the recipient of the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program award, the Montello Foundation Residency, and the Dieu Donne Papermaking Residency, among other honors. Ruais’ work is featured in Vitamin C: New Perspectives in Contemporary Art, Clay and Ceramics, by Phaidon (2017), and has been exhibited at institutions including the Katzen Arts Center at American University, Washington DC; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.




1982, Southern California, USA



Columbia University, School of the Arts, New York, NY, MFA, 2011

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




Brie Ruais, Albertz Benda Gallery, New York, NY, USA (Forthcoming in May)



Gina Osterloh + Brie Ruais, Gaa Gallery, Provincetown, MA, USA

Brie Ruais, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Brie Ruais and John Mason, Albertz Benda Gallery, Dallas Art Fair, Dallas, TX, USA

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



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

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

Paper Covers Rock, Letha Wilson and Brie Ruais, September, Hudson, NY, USA

Squid Ink, Rosy Keyser and Brie Ruais, Romer Young Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA



According to the Body, YoungWorld, Detroit, MI, USA

Where You No Longer Are, There is Your Desert, Thomas Hunter Project Space, New York, NY, USA



130 lbs of Proximal Frontage, Mesler/Feuer with Nicole Klagsbrun, New York, NY, USA



Dugout, Lefebvre & Fils, Paris, France

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

Brie Ruais, Cooper Cole, Toronto, Canada



XO, Nicole Klagsbrun, New York, NY, USA

Two Wholes, Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY, USA



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




Halsey McKay at Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Somatic Gesture, organized by Romer Young Gallery, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA, USA

Clay Today, The Hole, New York, NY, USA



Glen Baldridge, Eli Hansen, Brie Ruais, Halsey McKay Gallery, NADA Miami, FL, USA

True Lies, organized by Simon Cole, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

I GO, YOU GO, GOOD TO GO, Unclebrother (Gavin Brown’s Enterprise), Hancock, NY, USA

Form of Touch, curated by Becky Nahom, Pfizer Building, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Resistance After Nature, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, Haverford, PA, USA

New Ruins, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, D.C., USA

Six Years of The Shandaken Project, Phillips Auction House, New York, NY, USA

Post-Election, September Gallery, Hudson, NY, USA



Breather, Laura Bartlett Gallery, London, UK

Blue Jean Baby, September Gallery, Hudson, NY, USA

3 Sculptors, Sally Saul, Brie Ruais, and Sara Murphy, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Splotch, Curated by Eileen Jeng, Sperone Westwater, New York, NY, USA

Mal Maison, curated by Ashton Cooper, Maccarone, New York, NY, USA

Low, curated by Ethan Greenbaum and Michael DeLucia, Lyles and King, New York, NY, US



Crafted: Objects in Flux, MFA Boston, Boston, MA, USA

Road to Ruin, Cooper Cole, Toronto, Canada

Performative Process, curated by Ryan Steadman, Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY, USA

The Familiar and the Indefinable in Clay: The Scripps 71st Ceramic Annual, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Claremont, CA, USA



Socrates Sculpture Park EAF14 Exhibition, Long Island City, NY, USA

Geometries of Intimacy, curated by Jess Wilcox and Clara Halpern, Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY, USA

Next, Arsenal, Montreal, Canada

A Topography of Chance, San Francisco, CA, USA

Speaking Through Paint: Hans Hofmann's Legacy Today, Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, NY, USA



Ajar, Curated by Natasha Llorens, Reverse, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Come Together: Surviving Sandy Year 1, curated by Phong Bui, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Where The Sun Don’t Shine, curated by 247365, Interstate Projects, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Vessels, The Horticulture Society of New York, New York, NY, USA

Exhibition Curated by Clarissa Dalrymple, Marc Selwyn Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Exhibition curated by Clarissa Dalrymple, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium



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

AIRspace 2012, Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY, USA

Movement in Three Parts, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY, USA



BYTS Bosch Young Talent Show, Stedelijk Museum, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

Paul Clay, Salon 94 Bowery, New York, NY, USA

Fabric as Form, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, NY, USA



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




Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, New York, NY, USA

Montello Foundation Residency, Montello, NV, USA



Dieu Donne Papermaking Residency, New York, NY, USA



Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Fellowship, Queens, NY, USA

The Shandaken Project Residency, Shandaken, NY, USA



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



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



Vermont Studio Center, Sculpture Fellowship and Residency, Johnson, VT, USA



The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Apprenticeship, Philadelphia, PA, USA