Bryan Rapp is a contemporary figurative sculptor with a BA from Muskingum University, and an MFA from the University of Oklahoma where he studied under renowned sculptor of the American West, Paul Moore. Presently he is an Artist-In-Residence at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina.
Bryan’s career as a sculptor began as an understudy to Alan Cottrill in his Ohio studio, gallery, and foundry where he assisted on over thirty life size or larger public commissions. In 2013 Bryan was the recipient of a scholarship from the National Sculpture Society. For fifteen years, he has worked with various clients in the bronze memorial industry producing public art and exhibiting his personal work in several states, including a successful show at the JRB Art Gallery at the Elms in Oklahoma City. In 2018, Rapp won the Sculpture category at ArtFields in Lake City, SC, a competition with over 400 artists from 12 Southeastern states. His sculptures reside in private collections in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, Oklahoma, New York, and New Mexico.
Bryan’s most recent body of work is inspired by his previous experience with a debilitative vascular disease. In it, he assigns a visual representation of “subhuman” or “monster” to bodies imperiled with internal dysfunction as a critical examination of what it means to be human in a world that is not always humane.