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 working in publicity for Harvard University Press and the University of Massachusetts Press.
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.
She considers herself a self-taught photographer, having only taken a course in beginning photography at a local arts center in Cambridge, Ma. 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. Since receiving her MFA degree in photography in 1982 from the University of Massachusetts, her work has been exhibited in a number of major exhibitions, including The Museum of Modern Art, Pictures by Women: a History of Modern Photography (2010), New Photography 7 (1991), Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort (1991) and the J.Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Where We Live: Photographs of America from The Berman Collection (2006-7).
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, among others.
Sheron Rupp has received supportive 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).
For over 40 years, Sheron has lived in the foothills of the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, a place where she presently enjoys photographing its bucolic landscapes.
Most recently, some of her work is included in a new book, The Photographer in the Garden, published by Aperture and George Eastman Museum (2018).