Graduating in 2000 with an MFA with distinction from Lamar Dodd School of Art, Ryan is an interdisciplinary artist and independent curator living in the Pacific Northwest. His practice uses sculpture and sound as a conduit to explore distortions in contemporary culture. Ryan is the co-director of Ditch Projects in Springfield, OR, director of Pacific Sky Exhibitions in Eugene, OR, and is a co-founder of Fugitive Projects based out of Nashville, TN.
Jack has exhibited in venues such as The IMAFY (Cairo Egypt); Dublin Electronics Arts Festival (Ireland); Maison Laurentine (Paris); Ausstellungsraum Klingental (Basel, Switzerland); American University Museum (Washington DC); The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington D.C), MICA (Baltimore); and Syracuse University. Just in 2016, he has shown projects at the University of California, as well as venues in Nashville, Indianapolis, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Chicago. He recently received an Oregon Ford Family Fellowship, attended the Banff Centre as a fellow (twice), completed a residency at Djerassi, awarded The Hallie Ford Fellowship, as well as receiving a Prequel Grant with the support of PICA and the Andy Warhol Foundation.
Currently, he is participating in the 2016 Portland Biennia, curated by Michelle Grabner, and is an Associate Professor at the University of Oregon.