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I am a direct metal sculptor working primarily in copper wire. I’m fascinated how simple materials i.e. scrap copper wire can become art that generates ideas, emotions and beauty! Over the years I have been combining metal fabrication and my love of weaving into a unique art form.  The inner calm I experience intertwining the wire and the focus of using a hot flame to fuse and braise the metal has given me an active way to be quiet. While I work with naturally occurring patterns and textures, in my mind each wire is alive! I use themes of vines, roots, and the human figure to communicate how we connect to ourselves, each other and the world around us without words. 


Rita grew up in Sandusky, Ohio, a small industrial town on the shores of Lake Erie. The high school she attended valued the arts and prized itself on a passionate faculty and a state of the art facility. It was here that Rita first fell in love with being a maker and working with hands.  She continued her education under the guidance of a local silversmith. While living in Athens Ohio, Rita became acquainted with an art of basket weaving, a technique that has played a role in her metal work.

Retreating from the bitter cold of the north, she moved to Austin, Texas and quickly settled among the arts community. She became the understudy of Daryl G. Colburn, a renowned non-ferrous metal sculptor, from​ ​1990 until 2011. Together they opened and managed galleries which promoted their works, as well as local artists.

Today, Rita continues creating woven copper sculpture and high end art jewelry for private and corporation collections.


2019             Cloud Tree Gallery, Austin TX

2016-2009   Your Private Collection Gallery, Granbury, TX

2013             Austin International Airport Exhibition / Creative Side Jewelry Academy

2011             Artmatters Gallery, New Braunfels, TX

2007-2006   JHS Gallery, Taos, NM

2006-2004   The Crossings, Austin, TX

2006-2004   Beyond Tradition, Austin, TX

2002-1996   Laughing at the Sun Gallery, Austin, TX

1994-1992   Sunset Gallery and Studios, Austin, TX


2016    BAT HAVEN 62" x 39"Hilton Homewood Suites, Austin

2011    LIVING WATERS CROSS 108”h x 72”w x3”d Hillcrest Baptist Church, Austin

2008    ST LOUIS CROSS 48” x 41”w, St Louis Catholic Church, Georgetown

2008    EMBRACING THE JOURNEY 48”h x20”w x 10”d Contemporary Healthcare              Austin

2005    SOLI DEO GLORIA CROSS  89"h x 41"w x 5"d First Evangelical Church Austin

2003    MOTHER AND CHILD32"h x 20"w x 8"d Dell's Children's Hospital, Austin



2021   Bayou City Art Festival, Houston, TX

2021   Woodlands Waterways Art Festival, The Woodlands, TX

2020-2019   Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival, Albuquerque, NM 

2019-2006   Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, Austin, TX

2019   Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Texas Society of Sculpture (TSOS),                       Coordinator/Exhibitor

2019   Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival: Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque, NM

2019   Rockport Art Festival, "Best in Category", Rockport, TX

2019   SculptFest, City of Round Rock, TX

2019   Ruidoso Art Festival, "Best in Class", Ruidoso, NM 

2018   Las Artistas Art and Fine Craft Show, El Paso, TX

2017   Travis Heights Art Trail, Austin, TX

2017   Las Artistas Art and Fine Craft Show, El Paso, TX

2017   Deep Ellum Arts Festival Dallas TX

2017   Bayou City Arts Festival, Houston TX

2016   People's Gallery at City Hall, Austin, T

2016   Art City Austin, Austin, TX

2012   Laguna Gloria Holiday Show, Austin, TX

2006   Texas Metal Arts Show, Guerne, TX

2006   Loveland Sculpture Invitational, Loveland, CO

2006   Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque, NM

2005   Texas Metal Arts Show, Guerne, TX

2005   Rockport Art Festival, Rockport, TX

2004   Rockport Art Festival, “Best In Media” Rockport, TX


2019-2006  Thornton Road Studio L, Austin, TX

2010-2006  Santa Fe Studio Santa Fe  NM

2002-1996   Laughing at the Sun Gallery, Austin, TX

2002-1997   Made in the Shade Studio, Austin, TX



2020-2012    The Creative Side Jewelry Academy, Austin, TX

2020-2018    Flite Acres Ranch Sculpture Workshops

2018             Argentium Certified Instructor (AIC)

2012-2005    Thornton Road Studios, Austin, TX

2008             Jewelry Fabrication - Workshop for Olverian School, Santa Fe, NM

2008             Laguna Gloria Summer Program  Jewelry/ Sculpture, Austin, TX

2002-1997   Jewelry  Fabrication - Made in the Shade Studio, Austin, TX

Rita Marie Ross Austin Artist
Rita Marie Ross sculpture

Photos courtesy of Brenda Ladd

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