Rapp was an extremely versatile artist who was proficient in several
mediums including painting, printmaking, enameling and particularly
sculpture in ceramic and bronze.
graduating from the Cornish School in Seattle, Ebba Rapp attended
the Univ of Washington and spent the summers of 1935-36 studying
there with the renowned sculptor Alexander Archipenko (1887-1964).
Up to this point, she had worked primarily as a painter with an
exceptional talent for portraiture and the human form. The artist
credited her classical art training for the apparent ease in which
she was able to make the transition into sculpture.
accepted a teaching position at Cornish’s newly formed sculpture
department in the mid-1930’s and remained there giving instruction
in anatomy, drawing and sculpture until 1941.
1936, she became an active member of the Women Painters Of Washington
and won several regional Awards. Her first national exhibition
came in 1939 at the
“American Art Today” exhibit at the New York World’s
Fair. She had several one-person exhibitions including the Seattle
Art Museum in 1944, Frye Art Museum in 1955, University Of Puget
Sound in 1954, and group exhibitions which included Grand Rapids,
Michigan Art Gallery, Denver Art Museum in1964, 1966, Seattle
World’s Fair in 1962 and several others.
work is in the permanent collection of the Seattle Art Museum,
the Tacoma Art Museum, The Museum of Northwest Art, the Washingtion
State Historical Museum, the Frye Art Museum, The Nordic Heritage
Museum, the Haley Ford Museum, Salem Oregon, Portland Art Museum,
the Jundt Art Museum, Gonzaga University, Spokane Wa.
Portrait with Sassy Ceramic, c. 1940,
Symbol of Spring, 1944, oil on canvas
& the artist's estate.
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