Bryan Rapp is a contemporary figurative sculptor, and Artist-in-Residence at Coastal Carolina University. In August 2019, he will become the new Director of the Master Sculptors Program at historic Brookgreen Gardens, the country’s first public sculpture garden founded in 1932.
Rapp holds a BA in Studio Art from Muskingum University, and an MFA from the University of Oklahoma, where he studied under renowned sculptor of the American West, Paul Moore, and sculpture professors Sohaill Shehada, Jonathan Hils, and Daren Kendall.
Bryan’s career as a sculptor began as an understudy to Alan Cottrill in Cottrill’s Ohio studio, gallery, and foundry, Coopermill Bronzeworks. There he learned the ancient Lost Wax tradition of clay to bronze casting, assisting 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 public and private collections in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, Oklahoma, New York, and New Mexico.