Sheron Rupp was born in 1943 in Mansfield, Ohio where she spent her formative years. After graduating in 1965 with degrees in sociology and psychology from Denison University, she moved to the east coast and developed a career in university press publishing.
She considers herself a self-taught photographer, having taken a course in beginning photography at a local arts center in Cambridge, Ma. when she acquired her first camera around 1970. For a short time, Sheron was enrolled in evening classes in drawing and design at the Boston Museum School.
In 1980, Sheron was accepted into a new MFA program in photography between the University of Massachusetts and Hampshire College. It was at this time that she began photographing with color film. At almost forty, Sheron received her MFA degree in photography in 1982.
Today Sheron Rupp is best known for her color photographs of people, especially children, living in rural, small towns in America. Her photographs often include the rough and tumble of back yards and the quotidian moments in family interactions.
Sheron Rupp’s color photographs are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The J. Paul Getty Museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Smith College Museum of Art, the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, the University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass., Amherst, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the National Gallery of Art, the DeCordova Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, among others.
Grants and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (1990), the National Endowment for the Arts (1994 & 1986) and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation (1987 & 1984) have supported Sheron in her various projects to photograph rural, small town populations.
Taken from Memory, is Sheron Rupp’s first book of her early color work. Published by Kehrer Verlag, it will be released in the U.S. on April 2, 2019. Some of her work was also recently included in a book, The Photographer in the Garden, published by Aperture and George Eastman Museum, 2018.
For over forty-five years, Sheron Rupp has lived in the foothills of the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, a place where she presently enjoys photographing its bucolic landscapes.