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 fourteen 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 show at the JRB Art Gallery at the Elms in Oklahoma City. His sculptures reside in private collections in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, Oklahoma, 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.